Elections: Party Leaders VS Candidates

I started out about a month ago to determine why people would not vote. A lot of very interesting reasons came up, including the regular ‘im not represented’ to the more surprising ‘imran khan isnt running, so i wont vote’.

However, one concept which stood out was ‘voting for party’ vs ‘voting for candidates’. Much of the discussion on the posts were revolving around party and the ultimate party leaders. The actual candidates, the people who would be representing you the voter, were all but ignored.

Teeth Maestro has started up a very good campaign called Election Watch here, (you cannot have missed it, but if you did, just look above and below this post and you’ll find it) where each constituency was examined in detail, and the candidates who were contesting highlighted. These are the people who would be responsible for raising your voice to the provincial and national assemblies and making sure your needs are taken care of. But will they actually raise your voice if they have no responsibility to you?

I urge you all to find out who are your local candidates (no longer a problem since doc is making it all public) and find out
who would best represent you. Next, go out and actually cast a vote!

1 Comment so far

  1. Reality_check (unregistered) on February 14th, 2008 @ 12:05 am

    The candidate in my constituency is the dynamic Haider Abbas Rizvi, one of the exciting young leaders brought forward by MQM, who have contributed so much in the past years. He was the one who camped in Muzaffarabad and led the rescue efforts their, he also played a major role in initiating satellite mapping of Karachi.

    An ex-KU student, very well read, well travelled with an uncanny knack for poetry. My family made in time for elections and will be voting for him.

    On a side note, my apologies of bringing this up here, but here is an example that will show you how single minded journalistic expedience, can cause embarrassment to a reputed newspaper such as dawn;

    Expensive CDGK park in land-grabber’s grip
    http://www.dawn.com/2008/02/10/local3.htm

    Bagh-e-Rustom funded by family trust
    http://www.dawn.com/2008/02/13/local11.htm

    When I read the first article it looked so believable, I really felt a tinge of anger, but the subsequent apology reveals that the park has been given to Cowasjee Family by CGDK, and they are maintaining it. WOW! I wonder if it was not Cowasjee, would DAWN have apologized.



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