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Voter Turnouts: Morocco vs. USA

The education system failed to explain the political reality in Morocco, consider the fact that last elections less than ¼ of eligible voters actually voted, the 2007 legislative elections saw some of the lowest voter turnout in Moroccan history. This is while Morocco is experiencing revolutionary democratic reforms, rare in the Arab world and still the Moroccan is uninterested or plain discontent or perhaps ill-informed.
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.

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Hmimarmad
0 #1 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Voter Turnouts: Morocco vs. USAHmimarmad 2008-11-02 04:39
Some of us here are very fortunate to be able to cast our vote is the US and we know in advance that our vote will count no matter what. If we decide to vote by mail, we know that our vote will make it through.
Can a Moroccan citizen ever be sure that he/she can change the outcome through his/her vote? The obvious answer is a big fat NO.
The reasons for such pessimism are numerous. Our laws are purposely obscure, lack of education, poverty, corruption, huge gap between the rich and the poor, tribal culture, inequality, mistrust of the government and rightfully so, lack of excitement about the future and rightfully so, authoritarian regime, 30 years of Basri rigging votes, lack of enthusiasm to reform the elections, Even Basri was bragging that the turnout was higher during his regime.
Who is going to reform these elections that will eventually lead to one's downfall?
The status quo is working for the "upper class", there is no intention to change things because they are "just fine". There is however one person who can shake things up and that's the king.
The question is: is it smart to shake things up or to just go with the flow and keep things quiet but under the radar?

On a good note, Goumri is leading in the new york Marathon. I hope he wins.


Good Day!
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Hmimarmad
0 #2 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Voter Turnouts: Morocco vs. USAHmimarmad 2008-11-03 08:39
You may call them effects and I may call them causes, the outcome still the same. Poverty leads to corruption and corruption leads to the status quo. For instance a gendarme making 3000 dh/month and his rent 2,600 dh/per month, he has 3 children and an unemployed spouse. 3000 dh per month is obviously not sufficient to make a living considering the cost of raising a family, this officer is forced to looked the other way and in return he gets baksheesh making his salary 9000 dh per month. Why would this gentleman go and vote for someone who wants to eliminate corruption? even though I still have not seen such a public servant, because most are self serving as we all know and saw. Why this officer is poor in the first place? well, because of the system, our system is based on \"La loi du plus fort et plus riche\". I would be foolish if I would to blame the rich for all our problems, As a matter of fact I do not see anything wrong about being rich the right and honest way. The rich do however contribute to the misery of the poor. They hire their own, they abuse and enslave their servants, they help only themselves, they hold all upper level jobs, they think that all poor Moroccans are stupid and worthless. Haven\'t we seen those students demonstrating asking for public jobs? show me one who is came from a rich family.
As for the king not granting the local media interviews, I would rather have a foreign journalist doing the interview, because a Moroccan journalist would be intimidated beforehand and would be forced to ask the easy questions.
I would not dare to say this or that would fix the political system. I think that the problems we face are too horrendous and there is not light in sight. We will only go the steps the king wants to walk. Everyone knows that he is the ultimate power, he has the last word. I wish he would use his power to empower the gendarme, the teacher, the butcher, the rich, the poor, the fassi,the aroubi, the berber, and the sahraoui
I do think that you raise some excellent points in regard to the overwhelming injustice and unaccountabilit y. Besides people asking their leaders \"why\", do you see any other alternatives?
Thank you.

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Zak
0 #3 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Voter Turnouts: Morocco vs. USAZak 2008-11-03 08:47
I have to clear things up here, I am talking about judiciary elections in Morocco not the person of the king.\r\nMy true beliefs are for the monarchy and in support of the king, when I criticize I criticize the system (government, justice, parliament...) as per the king, I think that he is not to be talked about lightly.\r\Now, the elections in Morocco, as I observed, are not as exciting as here and the reasons are many, I tried to share a few with you, and in my opinion the reasons are :\r\n Too many parties\r\n Failed education system where politic or SIYASSA was FORBIDDEN in school\r\n The ignorance of so called \\\"political leaders\\\"\r\n etc... \r\nas per the king, he is ruling a country of 50% illiterate, he is doing fine with what he has got.
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Hmimarmad
0 #4 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Voter Turnouts: Morocco vs. USAHmimarmad 2008-11-04 05:47
You may call them effects and I may call them causes, the outcome still the same. Poverty leads to corruption and corruption leads to the status quo. For instance a gendarme making 3000 dh/month and his rent 2,600 dh/per month, he has 3 children and an unemployed spouse. 3000 dh per month is obviously not sufficient to make a living considering the cost of raising a family, this officer is forced to looked the other way and in return he gets baksheesh making his salary 9000 dh per month. Why would this gentleman go and vote for someone who wants to eliminate corruption? even though I still have not seen such a public servant, because most are self servants as we all know and saw. Why this officer is poor in the first place? well, because of the system, our system is based on \\\"La loi du plus fort et plus riche\\\". I would be foolish if I would to blame the rich for all our problems, As a matter of fact I do not see anything wrong about being rich the right and honest way. The rich do however contribute to the misery of the poor. They hire their own, they abuse and enslave their servants, they help only themselves, they hold all upper level jobs, they think that all poor Moroccans are stupid and worthless. Haven\\\'t we seen those students demonstrating asking for public jobs? show me one who is came from a rich family.\nAs for the king not granting the local media enterviews, I would rather have a foreign journalist doing the interview, because a Moroccan journalist would be intimidated beforehand and would be forced to ask the easy questions.\nI would not dear to say this or that would fix the political system. I think that the problems we face are too horrendous and there is not light in sight. We will only go the steps the king wants to walk. Everyone knows that he is the ultimate superpower, he has the last word. I wish he would use his power to empower the gendarme, the teacher, the butcher, the rich, the poor, the fassi,the aroubi, the berber, and the sahraoui (the Sahara is costing us dearly).\nSpain and England still have hereditary succession but their royals are staying away from governing. \nI do think that you raise some excellent points in regard to the overwhelming injustice and unaccountabilit y. Besides people asking their leaders \\\"why\\\", do you see any other alternatives?\n Thank you.Good Day!
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Guest
0 #5 COMMENT_TITLE_R E Voter Turnouts: Morocco vs. USAGuest 2008-11-16 17:01
im 35 years old.i am Moroccan and I spent all my life in morocco. in a small village. i went to the university. after graduation i went back home looking for a job and i found a lot of young men and women who had graduated before me were still looking for a job. they were no longer young anyway.after a few years spent looking for a job in vain.i left and i came to Tunisia. only a couple of months and i found a job. it's true it's not much . but it's better than back in home in morocco when the day i have - and i mean one- dirham to spend i would be lucky. there are millions of people like me. we face sheer hunger.apart from some activism at university with students who go straight to the cause of all evil.
i never participated in any politics. this is morocco not the US. i can spend my whole life waiting to vote for somebody but only if i know the game is real and fair. as long as i can not question the king no good is going to come of out of that pit.
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