Today May 9, 2016, commence the advent of the Philippine Election. After years under the Aquino administration, the time has come to choose new government officials in the Philippines.
I woke up early today – earlier than the last election. I have learned my lesson and that is – “the earlier you vote the better!” We arrived at our designated precinct at exactly six (6) in the morning. Our humble community is still at tranquil state. I experienced a hassle free travel from home to my precinct – Indeed a perfect time to vote.
In my whole lifetime, this election would be my second time voting. Compared to the previous, this year’s election has a great impact towards me. The advancement and the great influence of Social Media paved the way to this seemingly “roller coaster” ride election.
I arrived at my designated classroom and a woman looked through my records – including my name and precinct number. Next, she gave me a long piece of paper which is the exact ballot where I will be shading my vote. I grabbed the wooden chair in the corner, and carefully opened my marker – trying not to vandalize my voting paper. After I have finished shading the ballot, I approached the point person on the front desk and inserted my ballot to the “Vote counting machine” (VCM) where it is about to read my ballot. A piece of so-called receipt has come out and the volunteer cut it out for me to have my final check before I will be leaving it to a small ballot box. Lastly, a drop of indelible ink into my index finger, indicating I have official voted.
Well, that was quite a breeze – evident of course because I have arrived early than the others. By around eight (8) in the morning, a flock of people has arrived. I am sure there are millions of Filipinos in the country who has a worse experience to tell.
Vote buying is still evident. In fact, someone approached me for one!
I hoped everyone have voted, not only because Starbucks has announced a free drink but because as a citizen – it is our right and responsibility to vote.
Voting is an act of being a responsible citizen. An act of unity amongst men in this nation.
What’s your voting experience? share it us – comment down below!
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