Archive for November 3rd, 2009

On Electoral Abstention

And once again I am questioning what the logical background of white voter’s right to protest removal[1] is.

  1. Even a consenting absentee might have participated in the country’s development in another way.
  2. This is a form of ad hominem.
  3. Good criticisms can come from any person. Filtering them out merely based on whether the speaker has voted or not is not a good idea, for the government’s sake.
  4. You can just protest if you’d like.

Anybody desires to enlighten me? Otherwise I will stick to the idea that every citizen has the right to abstain. 😎

UPDATE:

[1] Just to make it clear, I think there is a consensus (at least in my home country) that an absentee has no right to protest the government, since s/he does not participate in the election(?). “Orang golput wajib diam“, white voters must keep silent, they say.

[2] For an extreme example, consider all candidates in presidential and parliamentary elections abstaining. What should happen? 😀

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