Fed and starved. What’s the difference? An experiment on Bhutanese media mice.
The Kuensel’s 17/9 editorial says that in the interest of democracy, ECB must listen to government’s recommendation that urban voters should vote in urban centres with special facilities.
Voting is not choosing on good looks or voice or debate. Voting is about understanding local issues. Convenience is also considered (which is why civil servants, teachers, military and their families can use the postal vote) but for something so important that happens only every 5 years, a correct well thought and discussed vote is more important than just getting the voting out of the way. It is not a simple inconvenience, it’s a citizenship duty.
If a voter doesn’t even have to travel to his village to vote, when does he go to his village? How does an urban voter keep in touch with local issues? Through friends and family and through interactions when he returns to the village. It is a special occasion, when neighbours, friends and family all sit together and engage in friendly banter on the pros and cons of different candidates and parties. It is also a time when rural people learn about complicated government policies or what is happening in the region or about the five year plans and so on.
This government is worried that the very people (urban Bhutanese) who influenced rural voters to vote for DPT against PDP in 2008 will do the same thing but in favour of another party.
The government must look inward at their mistakes and not outward on how to manipulate policies or try to keep rural Bhutanese from hearing about DPT failures. The very mistakes the PDP made the DPT has replicated. Arrogance, inability to take other people’s views, gifting business projects to family members openly, taking over government land and building elite partnerships with powerful people. Stop these and people will not complain. Killing media and manipulating ECB will not.
The government talks about inconvenience when voting. What about one day a week when people have to walk everywhere including to hospital.
Verdict: Kuensel the well fed mouse reveals loyalty to feeder.
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