Case Study on an Alternative Electoral System
Author: Gervacio G. Selda, Jr., Teresita E. Valerio, Monetta C. Valencia, Patrcik Dennis L. Solosa, Lilia B. Vizcarra, Joselyn B. Reyes, Rosemarie E. Pajares & Sonia C. Resoso
The present electoral system of the Philippines declares a wining candidate by popular votes, that is, highest votes obtained based on the total number of population votes in the country. This study explores the possibility of adopting an alternative electoral system similar to those used by democratic countries wherein population votes are considered at the election district level. In this scenario, one election district equals one designated number of votes, and the winning candidate is determined from the total number of election district votes. Data on the May 1992 election results in Quezon City are used to provide an objective comparison of the results for two types of election systems: (1) total population votes in barangays (the present system) and (2) one barangay – one vote (an alternative system). Election results for representatives, councilors, mayor and vice-mayor in Quezon City are considered for the study.