Philippine politics and elections suffer from many problems: weak/non-existent political party system, persistence of political dynasties, election related violence, vote buying/selling, campaign finance, among others. Over the years, there have been many attempts to address these various problems, with little or no effect as evidenced by their continued existence. These attempts at finding solutions have generally taken the individual political and electoral problems separately without fully taking into account that they are all interconnected. A holistic approach to the problem is necessary.
Recognizing this fact, the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government, the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance, La Salle Jessie M. Robredo Institute of Governance, and Transparency and Accountability Network have come together to take a holistic approach to addressing the problem of our politics and elections. The problem has to be viewed through the whole election cycle (“election to election”), starting with the voter, bringing in the candidates, engaging with the newly elected administration, assessing performance, then finally connecting it back to elections. The pilot project proponents have identified 5 main components in this cycle: the voter, the candidates, the elections, post-election, and finally performance assessment. The pilot project aims to firmly establish the links between elections and politics, and service delivery and social development outcomes.