The Art of Cheating

Topics: Voting system, Voting, Election Pages: 3 (776 words) Published: August 2, 2012
“The Art of Cheating”
How this cheating in the electoral system could be
minimized if not totally eradicated?

In Philippine politics, it has been a conventional wisdom that no one loses – they just get cheated. Cheating in the Philippine elections has been so common that they have mastered the so-called “The Art of Cheating.” Charges of fraud and cheating have characterized the past elections in the country often citing irregularities in the manual counting of votes. This so-called “art of cheating” has been mastered in the manual elections because politicians exploited the slow counting time of manual elections to go around killing each other’s supporters, bribing election inspectors, and switching ballot boxes to “win” their way to vindication and a lot other skillfully done “art of cheating.” The results of this obsolete system? Questionable results, years of legal wrangling and distraught Filipino voters thus having a Philippines highly politicized which hinders its growth economically which its neighbors are slowly achieving.

How do we eradicate or at least minimize cheating in election? Is automation the ultimate solution?

Just like any other system, there is no perfect system for all situations but there can be a “perfect system” for a specific situation. This so-called “perfect system” could not even be a single system but a combination of different systems perfected to suit a certain situation. What do I mean by this? Let me explain it how automation could minimize the cheating in election by discussing its basic feature that is designed to attain that goal and mention the supporting systems or surrounding factors that will some more support in the minimization of cheating and hopefully eradicate it.

The basic features of automation that will help minimize cheating are the following: 1. Voters Identification Reliability. Cheating starts on the manipulation of the Registration. Technology can be used to have a reliable identification of...
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