Former PNP chief and Partido Reporma senatorial candidate Gen. Guillermo Eleazar obliges for a photo op with Muslim supporters. (Photo supplied)
By Tracy Cabrera
MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA — Citing the problems that arise when the two highest leaders of the land do not belong in one party, Partido Reporma senatorial candidate Gen. Guillermo Eleazar is now pushing for discussions on the possibility of implementing a single-ticket voting system in the future in a bid to promote unity in governance.
According to the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, single-ticket voting during the elections should now be started by the government through public consultations and congressional discussions.
In single-ticket voting, Eleazar refers to the election of a president and vice president from the same party instead of the split-ticket voting where the election of the president and vice president is separately conducted.
“Here the winning president and vice president would come from one political group unlike the current set-up where a president and vice president from opposing parties can be elected. Siguro it is high time na rin na magkaroon ng reforms sa ating elections kagaya ng tandem na president at vice president,” he pointed out.
“Kung sakaling palarin ako na manalo, we can start this through public consultation para malaman natin kung ano ang mga pros and cons nito at matitimbang natin kung dapat bang mag-introduce na tayo ng electoral reforms sa gobyerno ngayon,” the country’s former Top Cop added while admitting that the proposal is a highly debatable issue.
“Maraming discussions regarding this at ito ang kailangan natin malaman through discussion para magkaroon ng amendments sa ating Constitution,” he noted.
Eleazar said that one of the key advantages of single-ticket voting is that the elected president and vice president can implement common policy agendas which can result in effective governance.
“Sa kasalukuyan kasi nating sistema, kapag magkaiba at hindi align ang political beliefs ng president at bise president ay nakakaapekto ito sa kanilang mga tungkulin. Nagkakaroon ng disconnect dahil hindi magkasundo ang dalawang pinakamataas na opisyal ng gobyerno sa mga bagay-bagay. Ang ending, mga tao ang nagsusuffer sa magulong leadership,” he stressed.
One problem seen to contribute to this problem that the retired police general cited, is the lack of coherent political parties.
Eleazar lamented that political parties in the Philippines are usually used to promote personal interests or to boost a candidate’s financial capabilities and machineries and thus explains why many politicians often switch political parties during the elections.
“Sa ganitong paraan, pwede rin natin maiwasan ang turncoatism o balimbingan system kung saan tumatawid sa kabilang bakod ‘yung mga kandidato tuwing eleksyon. Ito ang mga bagay na dapat nating mapag-usapan para malaman natin kung mas magiging maganda o epektibo ang ating gobyerno,” he concluded. (ai/mtvn)