Thursday, January 9, 2020

Elections 2020: here is Valsero's solution to bring down the Biya regime

An election is like a competition, where political parties are teams, the body responsible for regulating the election (Elecam) is the arbiter, and citizens are supporters. Like every competition, the election is governed by rules. These rules guarantee fairness of opportunity and respect for procedures. The rules and procedures are compiled in a document which, in this case, is the electoral code.

The electoral code must be designed with the participation of all teams. It is said to be consensual, in order to guarantee results accepted by all and not disputable. The impartiality of the body responsible for regulating the election and compliance with the electoral code are the prerequisites for holding an election. If these prerequisites are not acquired, then the supporters (citizens) and the teams despoiled in their rights (political parties) have as an alternative the boycott of the said competition (election). Considering this, the first observation we can make is that a boycott cannot apply not to voting but rather to an election. It is the voter card (supporter card) which confers the right and power on the citizen (supporter) to express themselves. It gives him the opportunity to influence the competition, 

In the context of an election (competition), citizens or supporters can and are free to express themselves in three different ways: either by participation (they will vote or go to the stadium), or by abstention (they do not will not vote or they will not go to the stadium), either by boycott (they are against holding the competition). Those who boycott try by all peaceful and non-violent means to prevent the competition from taking place and dissuade other supporters and other teams from participating. In the end, if the election or the competition takes place, the boycott supporters do not recognize the results. 

You will agree with me, in the light of what is said above, that to boycott is to express oneself, it is to give one's opinion, it is to participate, therefore it is to vote. Yes, in an election, boycott is a vote. The portal for Cameroonians in Belgium (@ camer.be). Only political parties and citizens with a voter card can boycott an election. It is important to emphasize that the boycott does not only apply to elections. We can boycott a brand, a product, a country, or a destination. In all cases, the mechanism is the same. 

What are the reasons that can lead to a boycott, precisely in the context of an election or a competition? 

The bias of the arbitrator or the body responsible for regulating the election

The nature and quality of the rules if they do not guarantee the same chances to all teams (political parties), even worse if they are favorable to one team at the expense of others 

If all citizens with a voter card (or supporters) ) cannot freely express themselves for reasons beyond their control (or come freely to support their team). These reasons can be security (NoSo), they can be threats and intimidation, discrimination of all kinds. 

Any election organized in defiance of the three prerequisites mentioned above (impartiality, equal opportunity, free participation in complete safety) inevitably leads to instability and societal tensions. Any election organized under these conditions inevitably leads to the partition of society, its fragmentation and its dislocation. Any citizen or supporter who participates in an election or competition organized under these conditions contributes directly and personally to the dislocation of society and is therefore personally responsible for it. 

It is clear that the consequences of the boycott on society are the very manifesto of the nature of the emotions of citizens and the expression of their unhappiness. Again, the boycott does not apply to the vote. The boycott applies to the election. This is the vote to boycott the election. What, of course, is the extreme and ultimate solution when a consensus between the teams could not be found before the organization of the election. The ballot is a weapon, and like all weapons it can either be used to protect citizens or be turned against citizens. In a context where a small group of people has kidnapped democracy and is playing puppeteers by manipulating the people, boycotts are the ultimate vote that allows the people to regain their sovereignty. In conclusion.

Journalist: camer.be