A poll of 2,068 voters at Yahoo! Purple Thumb, (as of April 1, 2010) shows there are 31 percent who have not chosen a presidential candidate. Out of the 31 percent undecided voters, 12 percent don’t have enough information to decide, 14 percent are just plain undecided, and five percent are apathetic. Probably one of the reasons for a high undecided percentage is that there are too many choices, and as one community member points out:
A typical Filipino voter would most likely be undecided due to the following reasons:
(1) He is unaware of the list of candidates for each national and local post.
(2) He is yet to be convinced of each candidate’s platform.
(3) He is torn over choosing between two or more candidates.
(4) He is simply apathetic about the electoral process.
Elections are not just about our candidates. It is about us, the electorate, as well. Responsible voters don’t just vote right. They vote responsibly and respond to the challenges that lie beyond their commitment to push for their causes.
First things first. Get to know the presidential candidates and be informed on the process of selection.
What should be the first step in selecting a candidate?
As a voter, I wrote about the decision-making process in selecting a candidate to vote for as president, which involved knowing what I looked for in a president and the criteria of coherent platform, clear vision, character and competency. The present times call for a tough administrator, statesman, and economic leader. That was the critical factor for me. I narrowed down the nine candidates to just three. Like I said, my initial short list was based on my selection criteria on character, competence, coherent platform, and clear vision. I decided to make my short list a bit more quantifiable by using this voting matrix.
Finally, I chose my presidential candidate, on subjective factors such as the candidate’s sincerity (my perception based on interviews) to serve our country and the ability to communicate with the candidate in case of questions on their governance. A vigilant citizenry is crucial to monitor the powers of the presidency.
It does not matter who my candidate is. As project editor of Blogwatch.ph, it is prudent that I keep that choice only to myself and my close friends, the people I trust. Certain quarters cannot distinguish me as a voter and me as an editor. Blog Watch remains non-partisan.
Undecided voters, be informed of the presidential candidates
In the immediate interest of informed voting and the higher and loftier interest of installing the best leader among the current line-up of presidential aspirants, I’d like to share Blog Watch articles on the presidential candidates. Some of us chose to write favorable articles while others chose to be critical, which I have chosen to segregate as “favorable” and “critical.” Being critical does not mean the article is geared as “anti-presidential candidate.”
Take time to get informed. Click each link below to our articles.
- Noynoy Aquino platform
- How I chose my candidate for 2010
- In the blackest night, in the brightest day
- Why Noynoy Aquino
- A chat with Noynoy Aquino
- The economic vision and platform of Noynoy Aquino
- The juggernaut Noynoy Aquino
- Noynoy Aquino’s presidential bid
- Why Noynoy is not in my shortlist
- The presidency on a silver platter
- I am Noynoy, say it now
- The cult of Noynoy Aquino
- Why Noynoy is not my man yet
JC de los Reyes
- Nick Perlas sco
res support of artists
- Nick Perlas and his revolution transcending one’s social class
- Nick Perlas- Ang Pangmasa
- Get to know Nicanor Perlas
- Nick Perlas on new politics
- Why Gibo Teodoro
- Why Cebuanos vote for him
- Gibo on mudslinging
- The man and the mission
- Gibo Teodoro: Galing at Talino
- Gibo for 2010 president
- Is Gibo Teodoro ready to lead?
- Why Gibo Teodoro changed his mind on the RH bill
- Gibo Teodoro and Rico Blanco Brouhaha
- Undecided on Manny Villar ?
- Yes Manny Villar is in my shortlist
- Why Manny Villar
- Role of new media in Manny Villar’s administration
- The Entrepreneurial revolution of Manny Villar
- An impression of Manny Villar
- Manny Villar: his vision for the OFW
- Phantom Menace of Villarroyo
- Primus inter pares
- C5 at Tiaga
- Should Villar drop out of the race?
- Manny Villar’s platform
Nasty accusations on presidential candidates will continue to fly as the May 10 election nears but does it have to be that way? From now till election day, let’s listen to our candidates tell us how to get out of the mess, We need real leadership and a candidate that’s out there listening to the voters, not spewing overtly negative attacks. Every other candidate needs to make a case for why they are the best person for the job.
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