Most of you reject by-elections, or ‘consultancies’ as they are called nowadays. In fact, most of you criticize and reject them not out of love for democracy, but because you know that you would almost have no chance in winning them and that they would not serve your interests if your tribe decides to hold them.
I will not talk about people who had previously taken part in such elections, won them and made their way to the parliament before they considered it a wooden ladder by which they ascended to the parliament and then burned it down. What I would like to highlight is that everybody practices such by-elections in basements and diwaniyas behind your backs and then comes out addressing you in the name of their so-called Islamic or economic forums and criticize by-elections.
In a tribal by-election, one depends on the total number of voters belonging to the same clan. Otherwise, a candidate would make up a dispute with the government after making a deal with some of its members to produce an ‘action movie’, and thus appear as a hero. Previous experiences of some lawmakers can prove this.
Consulting is a method used by the world’s largest parties. Do you really think that someone from a small party can run for elections without support from the party’s political office? The problem is that a candidate would have to convince some of the office members to support his candidacy. This can be easily done with consultations in basements, because if those running belong to your same sect (urban or bedouin), they will elect you in the basement. These are the most important ones, who somehow form the political office, and never pay attention to the vast majority of voters because they are but a tool paving the way and are moved by ‘party’ leaders.
In a tribal by-election, one depends on the total number of voters belonging to the same clan