Obli­ga­tion Of Elec­tion Par­tic­i­pa­tion

The Miracle - - Editotial - And, there are al­ways many stu­dents who are of the opin­ion that keep­ing up with elec­tion cov­er­age is a waste of time for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, the most pop­u­lar be­ing that stu­dents never see the ben­e­fits of any elec­tion out­come. Here me­dia has to play a po

The ris­ing po­lit­i­cal tem­per­a­ture ahead of Octo

ber 20 Civic elec­tion in the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Bri­tish Columbia are the source of ex­cite­ment of course. With the po­lit­i­cal wran­gling al­ready get­ting red hot, many peo­ple are des­per­ately con­test­ing to grab the may­oral po­si­tion. And, there are num­ber of can­di­dates try­ing to win against avail­able po­si­tions for the of­fice of coun­cil­lor­ship, while many can­di­dates are strug­gling for the school trustees. As the race is in­ter­est­ing one, the lo­cal cit­i­zens must feel free to go ahead and vote for their favourite con­tes­tants for next four year ten­ure. Tak­ing an ac­tive part in the demo­cratic process is duty of ev­ery el­i­gi­ble voter. Ig­nor­ing the im­por­tant process and the ob­li­gated par­tic­i­pa­tion therein would be of great dis­ad­van­tage to the lo­cal cit­i­zens. Ex­er­cis­ing the right of vote means elect­ing those who have a clean past record with in­tegrity. How­ever, “not vot­ing” means miss­ing out the ex­tremely im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to ef­fec­tively voice your opin­ion about the right can­di­date. In fact, the po­lit­i­cal process has been de­signed in a way, where vot­ing con­nects the vot­ers with each other, so that the can­di­dates with ma­jor­ity votes are cho­sen to look af­ter the of­fi­cial du­ties. )ur­ther­more, just a sim­ple act of mark­ing bal­lot tells our lead­ers ex­actly what we think about pol­icy de­ci­sions that af­fect our lives. Fair tax­a­tion, bet­ter City plan­ning, Law en­force­ment, is­sues, the Bi-Laws and nu­mer­ous other is­sues are han­dled bet­ter, if com­pe­tent peo­ple with in­tegrity are cho­sen at the time of elec­tion. More­over, through vot­ing each cit­i­zen be­comes po­lit­i­cally

aware of the demo­cratic sys­tem, obli­ga­tions and the ad­van­tages. On the con­trary, the cit­i­zen with “I don’t care” at­ti­tude ac­tu­ally en­cour­ages the op­po­site of “fair and im­par­tial” elec­tion re­sults; thus con­trib­utes

neg­a­tively. And the level play­ing field is com­pro­mised again to the dis­ad­van­tage of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. It is clear that by not vot­ing, the cit­i­zen is stay­ing SILENT re­sult­ing in the loss of any right of voic­ing later to cor­rect any mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion or ad­min­is­tra­tive mis­han­dling. Dis­as­ter is when the in­com­pe­tent p politi­cians have al­ready y ma­nip­u­lated and taken ad­van­tage of the vot­ers’ low turnout. Pub­lic­ity by the bi­ased me­dia be­comes prob­lem­atic, as it sends wrong sig­nal re­sult­ing in ad­versely af­fect­ing a good can­di­date. Mis­in­for­ma­tion is un­fair, as it would not help the pub­lic choose the right can­di­dates for the right job. That will be waste of time and money adding to the fi­nan­cial strain on all con­cerned. It’s a bit­ter re­al­ity that some wrong el­e­ments in the me­dia fo­cus only on the neg­a­tive ac­tions of politi­cians, such as scan­dals, and ig­nore the con­tri­bu­tion of such good can­di­dates. Such a bi­ased at­ti­tude is dan­ger­ous enough to turn the vot­ers off. enough. The gov­ern­ment must take some steps to ed­u­cate the stu­dent com­mu­nity to en­hance their sense of civic re­spon­si­bil­ity that would en­cour­age the youth to get out and vote. Clearly, by not vot­ing, we ac­tu­ally break the con­nec­tion be­tween in­di­vid­ual Cana­di­ans and their com­mu­nity. A demo­cratic com­mu­nity can only sur­vive if its cit­i­zens par­tic­i­pate in the po­lit­i­cal process un­der all cir­cum­stances. And, this elec­toral process con­nects us to one an­other as cit­i­zens, as well as by ex­press­ing our opin­ion we ac­tu­ally help main­tain our demo­cratic or­der. Cer­tainly, the democ­racy would be dead if no one comes out to vote. There­fore, a democ­racy by its very na­ture needs the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the peo­ple, oth­er­wise there is no democ­racy. There­fore, it’s of ex­treme im­por­tance to make your voice heard through cast­ing a bal­lot for the can­di­date of your in­de­pen­dent choice. Not vot­ing clearly equals noth­ing but stupid si­lence al­low­ing the crooks to grab po­si­tions of po­lit­i­cal im­por­tance. A crook and in­com­pe­tent per­son should never be al­lowed to serve the com­mu­nity. Yet, in the ab­sence of voic­ing your opin­ion through p polls, there is your si­lence which be­comes a con­trib­u­tory neg­li­gence as the right peo­ple fo for the right job couldn’t have b been elected thus, de­priv­ing th the com­mu­nity of com­pe­tent o of­fice hold­ers. Now, you can’t com­plain about what you al­ready have al­lowed by not show­ing up. A vote was your voice, which you lost by ig­nor­ing your own le­gal right of vot­ing. A Agree­ment or dis­agree­ment is im im­ma­te­rial af­ter it’s all over. Also, vot­ing is a re­spon­si­bil­ity and a duty. It also gives you power, be­cause you be­come in­volved as a par­tic­i­pant. It’s en­cour­ag­ing to note that even the cham­ber of com­merce de­mands mu­nic­i­pal vot­ing rights be ex­tended to busi­nesses. Most im­por­tantly, there is ab­so­lutely no ex­cuse for not vot­ing, as a lot of flex­i­bil­ity is avail­able to fa­cil­i­tate the po­ten­tial voter. As there is al­ways a big price tag at­tached - to carry out the demo­cratic process aimed at se­lect­ing the fed­eral, pro­vin­cial or city’s po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the tax pay­ers must think twice be­fore vot­ing for the wrong per­son or stay­ing silent by not tak­ing part at all in the po­lit­i­cal process dur­ing elec­tion tim

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