Current electoral system pits allies against each other - analyst

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Posted at Apr 29 2019 12:01 PM | Updated as of Apr 29 2019 12:03 PM

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MANILA - The Philippine electoral system allows a "high-level intra-party competition" that weakens the cohesiveness of political parties, an analyst said Monday.

The 1987 Constitution as written "effectively guarantees the perpetuation of weak political parties," said Paul Hutchcroft, a political science professor at the Australian National University.

"Within this system, everybody, regardless if they are part of the same team or different team are competing against one another," he told ANC's Early Edition.

"Everyone needs to differentiate themselves rather than being part of a larger party that puts together a coherent program for all the candidates running under that ticket," he said.

A stronger national party system "orients candidates towards larger national issues," said Hutchcroft.

"Political parties are supposed to aggregate interest and not splinter and just focus on specific sectors," he said.