NAMFREL, a national poll watchdog, launched the online survey for the next COMELEC Chair and two Commissioners who will retire early next year. The officials to be succeeded are COMELEC Chair Jose Melo and Commissioners Gregorio Larrazabal and Nicodemo Ferrer.
It is said that the survey aims to get the people's “feel” on who would they like to see seated in the COMELEC. The survey may be found at http://www.namfrel.com.ph/inamfrel/survey.htm.
Any government survey or application giving the public easier access to government offices is always a relief for Filipinos. As a government employee who worked for the government for the last 7 years, I have observed that the monopoly of bureaucratic information is always held in the advantage of the government. Policies are usually made insufficient of proper public representation. It has always been an issue to link the people to their government.
I just don’t know how this survey would matter to the actual selection of officials in COMELEC. Nonetheless, it is still a good way to make our voices be directly heard, as we speak up.