Surely, there are many ways to hack the elections, whether electronic or otherwise.
For manual elections, vote buying and physical intimidation are just some of them.
Vote buying comes in different flavors, i.e. from distribution of canned sardines and few kilos of rice in rural areas, to promises of temporary employment in urban centers.
For electronic voting, one can hack the machines used during Election Day, or even prior, in as easy as twisting a screw driver. This only involves swapping of memory cards, or ROM chips, containing predetermined results.
Changing the ROM chips, to manipulate how each vote is counted, takes less than a minute.
Cordless screwdrivers will cut the hacking time in half..
Here’s how to bypass the “security seal” of the voting machines to replace memory cards with new ones with predetermined results.
Prior to a carefully planned rigging of the elections, poll surveys will be used to precondition the minds of the electorate to the intended outcome. The rest of the critical elements of whole circus will be done by the media.
Above all, the best indication that the whole system is rigged is when the population realize that their economic condition continues to worsen in spite of democracy.
The best way to conduct a fool proof election is to physically divide the people on Election Day in such a way that everyone could see who’s voting whom, forcing everyone to make a stand for one’s choice.
Another alternative is to wear the campaign color of the candidate to signify support of that candidate.
Here’s how Duterte die-hards show their support by raising their fists and wearing red shirts while about to cast their votes at the Philippine embassy in Kuwait hosting absentee voting.
Secrecy will always open the opportunity for rigging, and the cowards, who are not willing to stand by their own conviction and principles, always deserve the kind of government they have.