Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio called Tuesday for the modernization of the country’s electoral system, using fingerprint voting to address the perennial problems affecting the process.
The presidential daughter cited that during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Monday, May 14, issues, such as vote buying, flying voters, harassment, and other fraudulent schemes meant to subvert the will of the people again occurred in some places.
“These were made possible by the antiquated system that we use in the registration of voters and in casting our votes,” she said.
“The Commission on Elections should push for modernization and reforms to address these issues,” she added.
Duterte-Carpio expressed hope that the day would come when people “cast their votes using the fingerprint voting system.”
“Let us take advantage of technology and how it can help us reflect the true choices of the electorate,” she said.
At the same time, Duterte-Carpio congratulated the men and women of the Comelec, Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), who served and made the village and SK polls a successful democratic exercise in Davao City and the entire country.
“The dedication and courage that you showed and contributed in the electoral process are deeply valued as these allowed the Filipino people to exercise their right to choose their leaders,” she said.
She also congratulated the winners in the polls, particularly those who shunned violence and upheld professionalism, integrity, and honesty. I hope that you continue to hold these values as you serve the people.
“The DepEd, PNP and AFP, should implement the policy that no teacher, policeman or soldier be removed, transferred or reprimanded because of complaints from candidates. Any complaint against them should be formally filed with the correct office and afforded due process,” the local chief executive said.