Missing Vote / Disenfranchisement

These elections have been confusing, many claim it to be free and fair, while others have a different point of view, though my blog is brim full of stories of the other side I care to only share here my own personal experience at having gone out to vote.

Did I want to vote? Plain and simple NO, Then Why Did I go to Vote? the answer was simply to nullify by vote so no one else could use the ballot. Was it legal? I don’t know? Was it my democratic right? I believe it should be, if I don’t have a candidate worthy of my vote I must have a way to say I do not agree, yet exercise my vote.

All day I had decided not to vote but when stories started coming in about blatant rigging. I scrambled and decided to nullify my vote. I went to my polling station, only to stand there for over an hour hunting for my name and not having found it, despite the fact that I had voted in the past few elections from 1997 and even seconded a candidate in 2002, but this time around I found my name absent from the voting list entirely even not traceable on the ECP Website as well.

Having lost all possible hope of locating my name I returned home at least half satisfied that no one casted a bogus vote on my behalf, but also worried that maybe it was a conspiracy against me (lol). Many may argue that it was my responsibility to go hunting for my name in the electoral lists posted in some gravy government office in some corner of Karachi, I might stand guilty of not having done that, but I believe with all the electronic NADRA database already in place it should be easy to automatically register all eligible voters to get listed, let alone put the onus on me to ensure my name appears on the election list and then on the day hunt through hundreds of pages in an attempt to exercise my right to vote let alone try to locate my name…. little will I know if I might be listed in the next elections until I brave the bureaucratic red tape to get myself re-registered.

I have definitely been disenfranchised of my right to (nullify by vote) vote [is that possible?]

Who else here did not find their name on the voter list

25 Comments so far

  1. MB (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 2:22 am

    People vote on basis of ethnicity in KHI doc. Everyone is too biased to remove the blindness.

    By the way there may have been serious irregularities but i guess the scale was limited due to international monitoring and media.

    Experts on TV were saying that (using past data) rigging is 90% done before and after election day and not on election day.

    Thats interesting!!

  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 2:31 am

    Is it possible that I am honored to be involved in pre-poll rigging ;)

  3. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 2:42 am

    Maestro, they don’t need any rigging in Karachi, MQM has always won and will sweep this time too. Please open your eyes and see the reality. And by the way if there were rigging ,no way Shujaat and Sh. Rasheed’d lost and MB all these journalists are pathetic. When they saw that PML(Q) has lost then there is no rigging, if PML(Q) would have win then it was all rigging, please don’t be bias and open your eyes. It’s so funny , I can’t stop my laugh, pakistani are really senti people.

  4. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 2:53 am

    Obi Wan – I agree with you – MQM does not need to rig – but still we have confirmed reports of ballot box stamping even in easy constituencies – WHY?

    Though had if JI been in the running then these missing votes would have mattered. I also believe that MQM would still had won.

    BUT all said – why are you so worried to defend MQM (guilty might I add by any chance>) LOL – In my entire text I narrated my own experience and I did not accuse any party at all, only shared with my experience with you. I assure you this narration had no ulterior motives at all. If MQM wins – Bravo

  5. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 3:12 am

    But to equate the losing of PML-Q with transparent and free elections is also not on the cards. Little are we prepared for what has Zardari in store for us. Yes i agree Pakistani are sentimental people ‘mithai batao’ at every change of govt but little do they realize whats ahead of them – Zardari ;) Ouch run for the hills.

    Let hold up on any reactions until the results all come in – whats up with Khi and MQM results?

  6. zee (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 3:22 am

    The elections have been pretty damn fair or at least far more fair than ever before. I think MQM will now be in opposition and you can expect a PPP prime minister. Pakistan say ZINDA BHAAG :)

    I believe that we will soon be seeing Mush out of the president’s seat. Alas, Pakistan is taking its final breathes before it finally dies.

  7. Reality_Check (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 3:24 am

    TEETH MAESTRO My family voted, when they reached Karachi, their vote was also missing, because we had a change of address, but they got it fixed.

    Lists have been computerized, it was a massive operation and mistakes were made . However, the new lists were posted on the web, I guess you were too late to check. You need not worry the procedure to fix is quite straight forward.

  8. Reality_Check (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 3:43 am

    Since KMB has no specific post coverring the elections (maybe thats a subtle boycott).

    Yes MQM has won in Karachi but more importantly it has recovered its massive vote bank which it lost in 2002, plus it will add to its share.

    2007 has been a tough year for Q-League and Musharraf, and the results reflect that. But the thing that matters is that, we had a fair election, the loosing party has graciously accepted defeat, I disagree with ZEE that its somehow bad for the country. No its not! we have move forward in such dire circumstances, amidst turmoil, blasts and bickerring by the nay sayers. For now I feel an urge to say BRAVO!

    People have spoken and no party or personality is above them.

  9. zee (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 4:40 am

    No, I am not supporting PML-Q. I am only saying that the era of extreme corruption is back and will only rise when they kick Mushy out of the seat. THAT’S what I am concerned about.

  10. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 4:47 am

    Mastero, rigging at election day is part of culture and is fun for most of the youth. Go to any pan khoka and you will see lots of young men that would be telling you their success stories of casting bogus votes. To them it is just fun and can we blame them ? There are not many fun things to do in Pakistani society so these young people who need adventures get involve in such things when ever they get a chance. And I am not guilty and yah you never named MQM for rigging but giving their hold in city and your bias against them, any one could know where were you coming from?

  11. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 4:53 am

    OBW – ;) ‘my bias against MQM’ – fair enough, argument understood

  12. wasiq (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 7:45 am

    you know what Teeth…i hate people who fill up their plates with the expensive wedding cake and then leave it on the table….just because its their right….
    As promised i did not vote and i am cent percent sure nobody else did it for me….lol.

  13. MB (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 8:02 am

    PNLQ ? i mean is that a political party? really
    IJI came into my mind.

    Those parties which exist on paper vanish in no time and this election will prove that too, dont you worry.

    There is no doubt about the fact tha MQM has to win from KHI with or without irregularities so i dont know why they resort to these idiotic tactics always.

  14. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 8:34 am

    MB, you going bananas? Where did I write PNLQ ? Even if I made typo some where , you could use some common sense to get it was PMLQ. People like you would also come up with these small nits pits to divert main discussion :-). I am so glad that MQM made new records in getting most votes.

  15. Anonymous (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 9:16 am


    I don’t know about your concerns with MQM. But the fact (and also my personal experience) that these guys really helped us in voting process as they stamped and fold my ballot paper too!

  16. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

    Thankfully my vote in mohalla was cast in my absence.my cousin confirmed it and informed me last night. It seems some "invisible" souls cast my vote. Maybe "Badrooh" of sector incharges who died in 90s operation.

  17. AMMAR (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

    Hmm so you also believe in Gossips Adnan. I thought you are an educated and mature person. Check your cousin first who is he, some lunatic JI worker or member of zani party. Shameful to those who wanted the byocott of the election but now come to put the nation in despondency. Go and check surveys, MQM has proved to be the most organized party. Very disturbing, isnt it for those who always malign MQM.

  18. A (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

    I’ve heard three differnt tales of people going to vote and finding that they’d already cast their vote(!!). Outside the PS, uncouth youth stood bragging how they voted multiple times…
    the result? easy, MQM strongholds, MQM won.

  19. zee (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

    "Hmm so you also believe in Gossips Adnan. I thought you are an educated and mature person."

    AMMAR: Obviously, you were wrong and were being totally naive think about Adnan like that :D Educated and Mature person and woh bhi Adnan? HAHAHAHA… a good but bad joke :D

  20. K (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 5:43 pm

    Theres no point to use bad language and fighting over MQM’s image..
    accept it our not everyone knows what are the facts.. no need to ask anyone.. i myself went there and I was told that i have already marked in the list of ppl who have voted.
    Anyways.. here I read the only possible fact which is mentioned as its in our culture and young boys find thrill in doin it..
    khairr i hope one day it actually turns and things change same as the way ppl here defend MQM and try hard to show us the better image of their mafia…
    nowonder they have the massive support in Karachi and its also the fact that MQM is one of the most organized party. Even if they do bad they all back eachother and do it with great organization and coverage.
    They just need to do few changes in their structure that is badly needed and may help them to be reorganized as a political party rather than as mafia.
    They need to learn that only democrats can implement democracy and the rule of law/equality for their nation. They work just with the amazing one man’s charisma, which needs to be stretched towards a complete internally elected clean/ cultured and law-abiding leadership base and not just as of the group of chosen ppl who have given sacrifices for the party or having blood-relations with the chairman.
    Infact this is needed in all Pakistani political parties but why wait for others why not initiate first?

  21. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

    Ammar Gossip? my cousin went to poling station and found out that my vote was already registered. How could you call it gossiping.

    eh. my cousin is die hard supporter of militant qomi movement.

    it’s good to support a party but it’s funny you become imaginary ignorant in favor of Altaf.

    The day you stop equating Altaf with GOd, you would be able to figure out how he played with Mohajir’s so called educated cult by using his magical words.

  22. AMMAR (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 8:27 am

    I can hear you Adnan, same Mohaajir Bias. Well this is the problem of our time that we say yes to the rising SUN. How wonderful Adnan has become after the election results is very obvious now adays. We consider Altaf as Altaf not as God okay, be clear about it. He represnts Mohajirs and its for SURE, every election will prove it. Its not arrogance Adnan, its what they have given to us, MOHAJIR IDENTIFICATION. You dont know what identification is as you are the first educated person in your family in any generation, still you need to wait for some more generations to come and see what identification is.

  23. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 11:11 am

    e represnts Mohajirs and its for SURE, every election will prove it

    Mohajir Qomi Movement became Mutahida Qomi Movement(Pakistan). Even your Altaf says that he doesnt want to work for MOHAJIRS ONLY. Go and make study Ammar then argue here. you are nothing just wasting your time and bandwidth by showin your ignorance about MQM.

  24. AMMAR (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

    You are the only wise man Adnan. Rest of the Mohajirs are mad.. Me and family is mad, your family must be mad, millions of people are mad, but we like this madness. You should know the value of what recognition has. Check with your elders.

  25. adeel (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

    Lame arguments. In these polls, the majority is supposed to win. The turnout for the polls was about 40% (after the so-called rigging). That means 60% of the people DO NOT WANT ANY OF THESE GOVERNMENTS. Hope I made my point clear!:P

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