The death of “Da King” last December 2004 resurfaced some issues, which included the electoral protest filed by FPJ himself and a range of electoral controversies. Lately, the electoral issues have been
sparking fire among candidates and interested parties; they also hound the electorate in general.
Which brings to the fore the importance of examining the electoral
system. This includes the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the system and administration of elections, the political party system, the candidates and their qualifications and programs, and the
instrumentalities and paraphernalia of propaganda, including the media.
A recently concluded assessment of elections and political parties,
initiated by the University of the Philippines, in collaboration with
the Ateneo de Manila University, the Consortium on Electoral Reforms, and other civic sector groups, unraveled interesting information and insights. It validated old conceptions about Philippine electoral practices and behavior. Also known as Democracy Audit, it is part of a comprehensive assessment of Philippine democracy, that uses 14 indicators. The audit framework is shared by 10 other countries: Bangladesh, El Salvador, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, New Zealand, Peru, South Korea, Australia and the United Kingdom.