I will vote, even if I’m not that inspired. Like paying taxes, I think that voting gives you the right to complain for the rest of the time, which is about all I expect out of this election. I’ll probably vote Opposition, so Sarath, but I’m not that excited about it. If Mahinda changed I could be convinced, but my vote isn’t really one he needs to swing. However, I think voting in general is important A) because it adds up B) it is the most basic thing you can do to participate in the system. So many people come up to me with grandiose schemes to fix Sri Lanka, but they can’t leave the house to vote. This I find disingenuous.
I think St. Fallen agrees with this, this voting that is
It puts me off that a lot of “educated”, “opinionated” “individuals”, aren’t going to bother voting at this presidential election. Because there’s “no point”, why choose between “the lesser of two evils”? “It’s all rigged anyway… the system is too corrupt… my vote won’t make a difference” You want to make a difference? You want to see change? Then be that change, instead of waiting for it to come along. (The Abyss)
Cerno, however, does not
I refuse to vote for either candidate in Sri Lanka’s presidential election. I do so based on these factors:
- I don’t vote for people with moustaches. Its a personal thing.
- I think the outcome of the election is ultimately irrelevant.
- I am tired of my fellow serfs thinking that elections are a sign of a democratic society – or that politicians are the root of the problem.
These are both reasonable individuals and voting is entirely a choice. However, I think this election especially we have a serious decision ahead of us. Mahinda Rajapakse ended the war and I am grateful for that. However, I do not think his economic policy is good, I think he has bad people around him (like Mervyn Silva and many appointees). I think he’s choosing dangerous countries as creditors and friends (China, Iran, Libya, Burma) and driving us away from our main friends and trading partners (India, America, EU, Canada, etc). I think that in 6 more years his dynasty will take far too much from the country and squander taxpayer money that should go to development.
As for the opposition candidate, I don’t go as far as Ajith Perera in laudanum. I am not that impressed with his ability to row a boat. However, I think that Sarath is not corrupt and he could shape up our flaccid government like he did the Army. I think he can’t campaign for shit, but this does display a propensity to tell the truth, even if it hurts him. I also think that he doesn’t have an entire family on his back, plucking all the right fruit. So I think I’ll vote for Sarath.
Wherever you stand, however, I think it is important that you do vote. The system will only change if good people participate, and voting is the most basic thing you can do. It’s only a part of a functioning democracy, but it’s the first step. This country is being reborn, and I think that’s a step we all need to take.