Wai! As the political campaigns go full swing, the people are slowly beginning to realise the nuances of politicking.
The political parties visiting only the major vote banks have left the people in the sparsely populated hamlets feeling that they have little role to play in the political process.
To some extent it is justifiable that the parties should target the bigger vote banks this time round because the voters will choose among the parties and not the candidates. But the same groups of people whose votes the parties deemed insignificant will vote for candidates in the general election. And we know a single vote could decide who is elected and who is not.
If Gasa was the deciding factor in disqualifying a party from contesting the elections, we must understand that participation even from the remotest places is as important as those from more populous ones.
People are already beginning to speak in undertones that even the less-peopled constituencies merit equal amount of voter education in terms of the parties’ manifestoes and ideologies so that they make informed choices. People say that parties could be sowing seeds of regional segregation, unintentionally though, by giving more importance to some places than the others.
In a small country where one is related to everyone, one way or the other, even an unintended differentiation could prove extra sensitive. As we near the primary round of elections, this should serve as a good food for thought.