England & Wales

Election lessons from the Philippines?

Last Thursday local and national elections took place on the same day in the UK. Today the same thing is happening in The Philippines. You’d be hard-pressed to figure out which one is the developing nation, however. In the UK voters did their democratic duty in wooden booths with a pencil and paper and got locked out in the street when the polling stations were overwhelmed. In the Philippines, however, voters are using brand-new touch screen systems to cast their votes. And, if technical hitches threaten to deny people their democratic right, it’s been promised that the polling stations will stay open. Who’d have thunk it?