I’m going to vote. Who’s with me?
I’ve always had a unique fondness for elections. This is not due to my love and regard for democracy. Nor is it because of my confidence in our country’s electoral system. Far from it.
It is due to the late night PTV transmission during elections. I remember many a night (elections used to be a very frequent thing, remember?) sitting in front of the TV watching the results come in from God-knows-where, and rooting for God-knows-who. Watching the colourful transmission, trying not to fall asleep, was my contribution to the electoral process.
Well they’re here again. And this time I can actually vote. Finally, I am able to exercise my right to choose. Finally, I am able to contribute with my values and principles towards the greater good of my country. A fact that should make my chest puff with pride. Yeah right!!
The truth is that I don’t believe that my contribution is enough. You may go on with the whole drop and the sea bit, but the attitude of the people around me is very distrustful. I can understand why this is so, but that doesn’t make it right. We can go on moaning about “dictators” and “democracy”, but when the time comes for us to actually get off our back-sides and do something, we back off. The most common reason being:
They’re all crooks.
I say no they’re not. Not everyone can be crooks. Look beyond the faces in posters, with big-name backgrounds. The biggest problem with our electoral system is the misconception, that the elections are a competition. Everybody wants to back the winning horse. Our voters want to vote for the winning guy. And if they don’t agree with the dominant candidate they don’t vote. Nobody wants to vote for the loser. This isn’t what democracy is all about Democracy is about having the right to choose. Choose the guy you think is right. He may not win. But at least you made a choice. Then, maybe a day will come when there will be enough like minded people to get your point of view through.
The ballots will be cast tomorrow. Many of our countrymen will go out and exercise their right to choose. Many will do so for the wrong reasons. But atleast I wont be one of them. I’ll vote tomorrow, because I can. I am blessed with the right to choose. The right many around the world crave. Then I can hold my head up high and criticize what ever goes wrong. Atleast I tried to do something about it. I’m going to vote. Who’s with me?