Do Not Miss this Chance!

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Sun 31 July / Jul 2016. 07:46 PM - آخر تعديل في Sun 31 July / Jul 2016. 08:19 PM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

There dominates a disturbing state of political vacancy, communicative and media weakness, as well as worrying social transformations. While it is true that a transparent Representatives election will not put an end to this situation, but it does however comprise a vital and paramount step to expand political representation and reinforce conviction in the political dynamic among the people, absorb social frustration and inflammation, bridge the gap between state and populace, as well as revaluate the state’s priorities in regards to youth and economy, which helps reconstruct a new mission statement for the state in the time of disintegration and Arab regional collapse.

Therefore, it is crucial for officials to see the upcoming elections through many a new lens; that it is more than just a constitutional right. It is the reach chance for the state to institute resolution for a variety of issues and predicaments, prove its vigour and ability adapt with dynamic domestic and reagional changes.

These elections are a chance to restore trust in the state institution and its shook integrity among the people, following the suffocating economic situation and the leap in poverty rates, unemployment, and prices, fermenting a more or less negatively frustrated view of the state, often doubtful of the government’s economic policies and their political reformation project.

If I were in a position make a decision, I would be extra careful to see the success of the representative elections, and secure its objectivity and integrity, opening the doors for political opposition and the multitude of political forces, including Islamists, to secure a considerable proportion of seats.

The debate in parliament, in the political representative midst, helps mature communication channels between the state and citizenry in regards to the new arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The alternative to that, alas, is gravely dangerous; to deepen the credibility gap and reinforce the conviction a vast segment of society has on continued injustice, as well as among a range of unemployed youth, that they have nothing to lose should they decide to confront the state or take to overthrow political and social norms.

Either one of the latter two only underlines, doubly, the vitality of the elections. Recent social changes have much to do with two main issues; first, is the economic and financial crisis, resembled in unemployment, poverty, and pressures on the middle class. The second, is comprised in disappointments in the effectiveness of the political life and of reform. The most dangerous of social transformations come in forms of drug pandemics and the spread of ISIS ilk and extremist thought, as well as moral disintegration and the infestation of unethically related practices like bribery, corruption, and social disillusionment.

Is there a correlation between political reformation, democracy, and the dangers of social deviation in light of economic suffocation endured over recent years?!

I would say so; more so, I would say there is a strong and active correlation that builds eventually into an “input-output” situation that simply translates to: whatever disturbing and negative phenoms we witness is a result of democratic dysfunctions, the weakness of political reformation, and the frailty of the civil society/

Were there a dominating sense of value among people in the House of Representatives and in the importance of scoring a vast basis of fair political representation, this dynamic alone would defuse a scalable lot of the anger and frustration that dominates parts of our society, by far, and help explain and communicate state policies via debate and dialogue within the frameworks of a political playfield, not outside it.

But, if the voice of the opposition is lost under the dome, it will subsequently surface in social forums and political saloons, and spread in the streets. And if protest is not practiced in hands risen in Parliament, it will be practiced with stones laid on the streets. Moreover, should the previously active opposition —which once practiced protest and operated through the democratic process and polls— lose faith in the process, it will resort to aiding ISIS or even joining it!

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