- ZAK ETTAMYMY
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The Moroccan election campaign is a joke if compared to the real deal, I am not questioning the outcome or legitimacy, I am talking about the practices, the slogans and the poor quality of the candidates, no real rallies, no real TV coverage, no real citizen involvement, and no real transparency in the party’s choices of candidates. Morocco is a country of 1 party for each million citizens!
A few elites and intellectuals in Morocco know what each Party’s agenda and views are; most Moroccans know them by their symbols, even their names are so similar that a BARRAD or TRAKTOUR become the synonym of the party’s name, motto and political program.
In a study entitled "Political marketing and electoral realities" funded by the Centre for Social, Economic and Managerial Studies, researchers found that "96% of Moroccans surveyed claimed to have no political affiliation and 98% said they were not members of a trade union".
In the US people with crutches, wheel chairs and walkers stood for hours to vote for Obama or MC Cain in early votes because they know that each vote counts and each hour they would spend in line to change or protect their future is worth it.
In Zimbabwe people slept in the street to elect Morgan Tsvangirai against Mugabe “of course these elections were rigged” but it did not matter because the people of Zimbabwe wanted a new leader and they said it.
The Moroccan parliament is an exclusive club for those who can afford 200 dh per vote but those who can’t and or want to play fair-and-square know ahead of time that their chances are close to 0.
Envious, I watch the American enthusiasm for this year’s election because they take their future seriously; they exercise their rights as citizens but mainly they flex their power as 1 among many. This is the true face of democracy where a person sees his / her vote as a loud expression of his / her opinion. Unfortunately in Morocco such voice or such expression is either sold for a mere 200 dh (such practice is illegal and government comes hard on those who get involved in it but it is still widely practiced) or it is not exercised at all.
To get the Moroccan citizen involved and excited again we need to change a lot and soon:
Education: a school is more than a place where we teach abstract mathematical formulas, we need to start teaching the fundamentals of SIYASSA, yes this taboo word has to get into the curriculum and students need to first understand their rights and obligations and to express their thoughts freely.
Media: Morocco has tens of TV and radio channels and, thousands of newspapers, hundreds of magazines and thousands of news sites and not one of these media outlets is capable of participating in explaining the politics of Morocco because no one has the credentials and the guts to face this “taboo” 2 M is happy with Indian movies and cheap Spanish soap operas “a real mockery of our intelligence” in my humble opinion their programs manager should be fired on the spot.
And of course the political parties all 34 of them need to be thought a lesson in politics and last but not least PLEASE stop creating new parties, one day we’ll have more parties than members.