Back in school, woting was a semi-annual exercise, usually forced upon us by the teachers to elect monitors / assistants and the rest of the class reps. Treasurers, secretaries and such. Sprung on us by surprise sometime in the beginning of the year, usually there were no speeches or empty promises, no banners or campaigns. Voting back then was based far more on popularity ( and possibly who they hang with ) rather than qualification, experience or performance. As kids, we didn't have much to base it on anyway. And it was easier to choose those we liked.
After all, all the monitor did was play substitute teacher on the rare occasion, collect assignments and perhaps take on the role of the unpopular tattle-tale if need be.
As we grow older, things get a bit more complex. Our elected representatives hold rather more responsibility and duty - and yes, our votes matter quite a bit more. A matter of state, you might say.
Our voting patterns hasn't changed all that much though.
No! No! This is not the way to win an election!
Haven't said much about the political situation in the country. Far too disheartening sometimes. If I were to start blathering about the inherent corruption and subtle racism in our elected government, I would be ranting myself hoarse on the soapbox for hours non-stop. Don't even get me started on the uneducated rubbish occasionally spewed in the hallowed halls of our parliament. Fortunately I have other members of the far-flung clan already doing a fabulous job criticizing.
By now, the shocking political upheaval ( or in the latest catch-phrase, a tsunami ) that has shaken the status quo in our country - and possibly given the elected government something to think about - has probably begun to sink in. For most of us at least. I still find myself staring agog each time I see the astonishing results of yesterday's general elections.
With the sociopolitical turmoil of the past few months ( along with a more recent legal imbroglio concerning the judiciary and cellphone dramas ) and the dissatisfaction quite clear amongst the people, this opposition tsunami sweeping aside the crusty stalwarts isn't surprising to say the least. What appals me is the lack of faith for some of the incumbent representatives. Not all of them are bad apples. You don't have to throw the baby out with the bathwater after all. A handful of our reps have done excellent work throughout their term of office - and yet their overwhelming dedication and hard work hasn't translated into viable votes by the electorate.
All because they hang with the wrong folks.
Guess we still vote the way we did back then.