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Monday, April 23, 2007

Another word, about two other elections which for most, will pass virtually un-noticed, yet which have an implicatory effect of all of us..
Syria is also voting.
Or to be more accurate, Syrians are not voting..
There is a remarkable apathy about this Presidential election, one in which the average Syrian knows full well, that two-thirds of the seats will go to the ruling Baath Party and its allies..
Even state-controlled newspapers have deplored the lack of enthusiasm from the man on the street..
They are resigned it seems, to the confirmation of the president, Bashar Assad, for a second seven-year term.. and for life to continue much as it has been..
They have little choice, for when Bashar came to power originally, seven years ago, he ordered that many of those who were his poilitical opponents, jailed as 'political prisoners'..
And in Syria, you cannot run for public office if you have a record as a 'political prisoner'..
So while there are over two thousand candidates running for election, they're all singing from the same page..
And thus, so it seems, will it stay..

Now, Nigeria..
The main opposition candidates in Nigeria's presidential election say they will not accept the results of Saturday's poll...
The Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, and General Muhammadu Buhari, accused the governing People's Democratic Party (PDP) of rigging the election..
Of the three states announced so far, the PDP's Umaru Yar'Adua won two.. and Mr Abubakar's Action Congress party one.
Now..foreign observers said there were serious shortcomings in the election...
Ballots were delivered late.. voters were kept from their polling stations.. the processing proceedure was ridiculously long.. violence closed some polls entirely..
Nigeria's biggest election monitoring group said the presidential poll was so flawed that it should be scrapped and held again...
In Kano, men armed with cutlasses and guns stole ballot boxes while in Onde state, in the south-west, men disguised as policemen abducted election officials...
The perhaps the most obvious attempt at foiling this election was an attempt to disrupt polling on Friday when a petrol tanker.. laden with gas cylinders.. was used in an attack on the electoral commission's headquarters in Abuja.
Come on..
And we were in such a state over the mis-count in Florida..?
We have to tnink here.. seriously..
What kind of 'democracy' are we spreading..?
Sure isn't a 'chicken in every pot and a car in every garage'..

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