Why Vote?!

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Tue 16 August / Aug 2016. 08:43 PM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

With the beginning of the registration window for runner candidate lists, the real marathon for the upcoming elections launches, now. The Country will enter the elections mood over the next month until the polls are held on September 20th, and with that, we would have overcome the first issue; the candidates’ ability to formulate lists. Over the first half an hour, yesterday morning, near 78 lists were registered.

Necessarily, people will not believe most of the promised voiced by candidates, even though they will be clapping as runners chant on the change they will induce and talk about what they will do under the dome.

But, if they do not believe these promises, why vote?!

It is common knowledge that the purpose of any democratic elections is the deliberation of authority among political parties competing by laying out their programmes in the elections for people to vote accordingly. Here, however, it’s a totally different story; there are no competing political parties, and there are no convincing realistic programmes. More so, there is a general disillusionment on the deliberation of authority and fundamental political changes around the core of the elections.

Honestly, I don’t think anybody has a varying view on our political reality, as well as on the expected outcomes of these elections. Thus, let us ask the question again; why would the people vote? And why would so many run for parliament?!

I would say most of you readers will say: most are running for personal, individual goals, even members of parties and political fronts; their ultimate goal is to get into parliament, either to provide services to their constituents, or for personal gains. Moreover, most people will probably vote for varying considerations; social, tribal, and even political factors that have to do with attempts to reinforce the presence of the party they support with the larger number of seats possible in a game of establishing presence and determining influence!

That said, the aim here is to outline the ceiling of possible expectations off these elections; what is the general aspiration, and what goals are in fact attainable, politically, via participation in these elections, for both voters and candidates. If real change was so unattainable through democracy and ballot boxes, what else is there?!

Before we attempt to answer this question, let us first review the basis for its presentation; having been following up on the responses and comments of readers on my previous articles, as well as on articles by my colleagues, there seems to be a common theme dominating the seems of the whole debate: that is to say that it is fruitless to partake in these elections, as nothing will change, and that we’re running in circles. Some have gotten to the point that the whole House of Representatives should be removed, and that the allocated funds be redirected towards aiding the poor!

Typically, I cannot blame such pessimism, it —by the end of the day; did not arise from nothing, but is reflective of our concrete reality and variety of logical indices. Even though, there are things that should not be dismissed in this expectations pool of outcomes of the upcoming elections, as well as the elections itself.

Should the attainment of fundamental change be unattainable in regards to the complete democratic discourse, then it will not even comprise a partial step on the course of change we aspire. If we do not have parties, nor legislation that enable the majority, the arrival at least of politically critical people and forces under the dome would probably engrave an grateful some in the current historic moment, maybe strike some amendments in legislation as well as bring up issues of popular concern, and help direct the national debate and integrate it in a deepened political framework. All that, as little as it may sound, sounds a lot better than a disoriented House that would recreate the sense of frustration and reproduce desperation among the people, that our whole political elite is nothing but an opportunist lot, seeking their own personal gains, completely barren of any sense of political responsibility, and totally absent minded to national concerns; but overly preoccupied in tribal and social status considerations.

Personally, I am utterly disillusioned, and I understand exactly the factors of the political game. But I would rather have a House of Representatives, with as many polished, learned, responsible members, committed to liberties, human rights, and national considerations, as possible, over the image of a house that is ever more dim and hopeless!