not a bright sign

A couple of days ago, i put up a poll asking if you would vote in the upcoming elections. The results of that poll were not encouraging to say the least. The majority of visitors from Pakistan said they will NOT vote in the upcoming elections.


Where on one hand, people are screaming for democracy, the President is relaying orders for shoot on sight to all poll disrupter’s in the upcoming elections, and the Election Commission is scurrying about to complete the preparations, if the people themselves are not interested in making the effort to vote, do we even deserve democracy? Democracy just doesn’t happen, it needs to be worked upon BY EVERY SINGLE INDIVIDUAL MAKING UP THE SOCIETY! Leaving it upto others to complete is NOT what democracy is people!

Will you be okay to live under oppression of whoever is chosen? Will you give up YOUR say in the selection of a capable leader and leave it to the masses ready to vote for whomever shouts the loudest?

13 Comments so far

  1. centurion (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 4:05 pm

    please do remember till we have feudal system in our country we cant have democracy.what we have now is mere senseless practice of waste of time and money.please look what need to do for real democracy and in my opinion we need to change the whole system then we can have real democracy without the feudal system which is like a menace for our country.with this election i dont have any hope for democracy

  2. Danish (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

    I agree with what u say mansoor but what democracy are you talking about. Are any of the candidates worthy of our votes, do they even know what true democracy means?

  3. Planner (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

    Do u people think Democracy is alright in our prespective??

  4. Barrister Ali.K Chishti (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

    If they don’t want to vote ; they don’t have any right to comment about policies, functioning and state of affairs of Pakistan.

    In Australia – there’s a law which retricts everyone to vote – or there’s a fine of AUS 5000 or a 2-3 months community service. Pakistan should introduce a similar law.

  5. SQ (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

    We do have a law: It’s where the feudals, zameendaars and these other so called leaders pay people money to vote for them.

  6. Rohail (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

    You are right every citizen should vote but then whom to vote for out of this lot would you like to vote for mr 10% and make him mr 100% or would you give a third chance to mr N and still feel he can make a difference who is worth our votes i dont see any change with this election they all are same they come on the seat to make money money and more money nobody loves the country.

  7. pkhan (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 9:09 pm

    If PEOPLE/SO CALLED POLITICIANS play politics 24/7/365 days who will have the intrest in VOTING.We need to change the culture of our Politics> Now few of the Political parties are asking for independent Chief Election Commissioner? why this Guy is not independent?Honest/and Loyal to the Nation? even though he was one of the retire Judge?

  8. Huzefa L (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

    How about a KMB party? I’ll surely vote for you if you can put forward a half decent agenda.

  9. asa (unregistered) on January 18th, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

    we already know who will rule the country directly or indirectly Army will this country what is point to cast yout vote..even if someonce take a bold stand like Ch iftikar will be destroyed completly first we have to struggle for independetd judicary (fair empire)then we will bear fruit of democracy …Dictator democrary giv us nothing

  10. Kabir Das (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 12:00 am

    Yor interpretation of the poll result is erraneous. We have only said that we are not going to vote in the forthcoming elections. We did not say we did not want democracy or that we are not going to strive for the democracy. We are not going to vote to show that these elections are sham. These elctions are not being held to restore democracy in the country. They are being held to legitimize the illegal rule of Mushrraf. Can’t we see the game Mushrraf is playing since 03 Nov 07 when he imposed emergency in the country to perpetuate his rule.

  11. ali-en (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 1:57 am

    I agree with Centurion. A feudal mindset and democracy can’t coexist. Aside from that, people have no trust in their leaders and most have no loyalty to their country. I won’t blame them, and I shamelessly confess that I myself the latter. Instead, in Pakistan’s case, a strong but >*fair*I agree with Centurion. A feudal mindset and democracy can’t coexist. Aside from that, people have no trust in their leaders and most have no loyalty to their country. I won’t blame them, and I shamelessly confess that I myself the latter. Instead, in Pakistan’s case, a strong but >*fair*< dictatorship would be better than a weak and corrupted democracy.

  12. Reality_Check (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 10:49 am

    Lets’s be clear here, people who visit blogs and surf the internet mostly belong to the segment of the society which in the past has rarely bothered to vote or participate in the political process, whereas, there are other population centres where you will have to wait hours inline to cast your vote and those people dont blog. In this context if 24% blog visitors say that they will vote, then I will consider that as a high percentage.

  13. shahid (unregistered) on January 19th, 2008 @ 10:26 pm

    i agree that we should vote ,but my question is to whom?? arent our politions are corrupt ,arent they are not loyal to the country and people of the country .i know i should vote but i am not finding a suitable person for it.

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