A Two-Party System
June 9, 2009 2 Comments
The influx of political parties in our country has not only made paper ballots long, it has not helped our electorate abecome politically mature citizens.
Should Charter Change push through after the 2010 elections, a strong two-party system must be lobbied for.
The multi-party system only enables the monied and the elite to establish their own political factions carrying only their personal or the collective interest of the elite, leaving the chunk of the electorate (who are poor) in the dark, waiting only for commands of those economically above them. Over the course of the years since our reinstated democracy, we have seen the rise of parties; factions of original 1987 parties that were formed because of personal interests not served or accomodated.
The Two Party System and Grassroots Support
Should the two-party system be a reality, it will enable the electorate to actually be members of a political party. They can rtegister to become supporters of a particular party, and in effect, become active advocates of the party’s principles and beliefs at the grassroots. The party could also initiate programs reflective of their program of government in the grassroots.
When the election season comes, instead of spending billions of money on advertising in an attempt to reach a myriad of voters, the parties can harness the full power of their grassroots chapters. Campaigns will now be localized, and will intend to capture the undecided or unregistered voters in specific districts where the candidates show weakness. There will be no need to flex unnecessary muscles at areas where the party is strong.
A two-party system brings, therefore, a two-fold advantage for the people; they become active partakers in the party system and processes, and they become educated politically.
The Two Party System and the Government
A government with only two political parties is more likely to function better. This is because there is no need to accmodate other partisan interests, which is needed when forming a coalition government. The government, therefore, becomes a strong institution where an established administration governs and a well-placed opposition is fiscalizing; the governmental utopia.
The two parties shall be able to effectively scrutinize policies and truely embody the principles of their parties and the people they represent.
Let us advocate for a strong party system in the Philippines.