Project Wonderful

Nov 5, 2008

US elections and back office chatter

We at the office were closely monitoring the results of the US presidential elections. And a little after 12nn, the US had its first African-American president, Barack Obama. As with usual office chatter, imaginations turned wild and comments became wistful, hopeful and sometimes hateful:
  • what if we were a US state, how many electoral votes would we have? How long before they know the results of the election from here? Paano ang dagdag-bawas? Fiesta athmosphere pa din kaya?
  • what if something bad happens to Obama between now and January 20 when he will be sworn to office? Who will take his place, his vice-Joe Biden or the 2nd runner up? Parang Ms Universe no? The role of the runner up is very important. If anything should happen to the crowned Ms Universe...
  • our Comelec officials were closely monitoring the US elections. Some I think are even abroad to observe. Tapos pagbalik naman dito, ano mangyayari? Sa palagay nyo ba e magiging computerized pa ang voting sa Pilipinas? Paano? E lahat ng nasa puwesto e umaasa na puede silang makapandaya so sino ang magpupush ng computerization?
  • ang galing no, election kanina pag pasok mo sa office, pag lunch break mo may presidente na. Sa atin isang buwan pa bago mo malaman. At minsan, panalo ka na, pagdatingng boto galing Mindanao, biglang lamang ng more than 1 million votes.
  • pati yung mga madre at pari dito sa atin , binidindisyunan pa ang mga ballot boxes. At saka ang atmosphere, parang fiesta.
  • hay, kailan pa kaya tayo makakarinig ng presidential candidate sa atin na nagconcede? Dito kasi, lahat ng natalo, nadaya. Well, they should know, gawain nila yun e.
It was nice to be part of an unfolding history, even only from TV and internet. And as we continue to chat about what the result of Barack Obama's victory would mean for us Filipinos here and abroad, we also continue to wish na sana, magkaroon tayo ng leader na mahihiya na sa buong mundo, and would usher na the modernization of our own electoral process.

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