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When was the last time you got to vote? PAP Elections Rigging

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    Robert HO wrote: Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 17:31:01 +0800 (CST) From: Robert HO Subject: Petition PAP to eliminate
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      Robert HO <ic019@...> wrote: Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 17:31:01 +0800 (CST)
      From: Robert HO <ic019@...>
      Subject: Petition PAP to eliminate 'walkover' election wins and LKY to STOP RIGGING ELECTIONS!

      When was the last time you got to vote?

      1. Harish Pillay
      Jan 10, 12:25 am
      Newsgroups: soc.culture.singapore
      Followup-To: soc.culture.singapore
      From: "Harish Pillay"
      Date: 9 Jan 2006 08:25:46 -0800
      Local: Tues, Jan 10 2006 12:25 am

      Subject: When was the last time you got to vote?

      I have taken the liberty to create an online petition
      to seek for
      an amendment to the Elections Act to do away with the
      concept
      of walkovers.

      When was the last time you got to vote? If you are
      the minority
      of Singaporeans who got to vote, you are one of the
      lucky ones.
      There are more people who never voted than there are
      voted.
      This is an anomaly that cannot be left to repeat.
      Voting is a
      fundamental right - not a privilege - and you have
      the perogative
      to exercise it if you want to. The decision to vote
      or not should
      not be made up for you because of a technicality.
      Participatory
      democracy cannot be expedited nor be sacrificed at the
      altar of
      efficiency.

      Please see http://www.petitiononline.com/temasek and,
      if you
      agree with it, please consider signing.

      http://tinyurl.com/dvfqu [1] has a reference and some
      background
      on the suggestion/petition.

      In 2001, when the last election concluded, two other
      members
      of the Round Table and I wrote a commentary asking
      for, among
      other things, the elimination of walkovers.

      Walkovers are an abomination and represents a denial
      of the
      basic right to vote as enshrined in the The United
      Nations
      International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
      Article 25.2
      (http://www.hrweb.org/legal/cpr.html). Unfortunately,
      I cannot find
      a reference to that right in the Singapore
      Constitution
      (http://tinyurl.com/7p26b [2]).

      No one is entitled to be called a representative of
      the people
      when that person did not even register a single vote
      in his
      favour and got into the Parliament for want of a
      challenger(s).
      These "backdoor MPs" have no legitimacy in the eyes of
      the
      electorate and have no moral right to represent
      anyone. This,
      sadly, also applies to President Nathan - I have
      nothing against
      the man and I would probably have voted in his favour
      if I was
      given a chance!

      A senior member of the ruling party is quoted in
      http://tinyurl.com/dvfqu [1] that we do not need such
      a change
      and that a "straight text-book Western-style
      democracy" will not
      work in Singapore. It is sad and pathetic that
      phrases such as
      that continue to be used to brush off serious and
      considered
      suggestions.

      The right to vote has to be exercised at every
      election. It
      cannot be a scenario that "I don't know if I have to
      vote". If you
      do not use it, you will lose it.

      So, please consider signing up to the petition
      http://www.petitiononline.com/temasek. I am not sure
      if the
      establishment will even care to listen and change, but
      if we do
      not try, we have only ourselves to blame.

      Let's not let the phrase "Every/Your Vote Counts" ring
      shallow -
      again.

      Harish
      [1]http://groups.google.com/group/soc.culture.malaysia/browse_thread/thr...%5b2]http://statutes.agc.gov.sg/non_version/cgi-bin/cgi_retrieve.pl?&actno...
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