Experts: Boycotting elections does not take away their legitimacy
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Baghdad: Hoda Al-Azzawi
Many citizens find that boycotting the elections is a means to punish the political class, but this boycott, according to the Saint Legault Law, serves the major parties, as the constitution did not specify an “electoral threshold” or a minimum number of participants in the elections to deprive them of their legitimacy.
The head of the "Al-Sharq Center for Strategic Studies and Information", Ali Mahdi Al-Araji, said in an interview with "Al-Sabah": "We must stand on an important hinge in the political aspect that distinguishes between governance and legitimacy, and that the legitimacy of governance in the democratic system comes through the votes of the majority, which gives “Government is the legitimacy of practice and action, and this is what must be applied in countries with modern democracies, because they do not have the long history of understanding electoral work,” indicating that “on the other hand, we find this thought contradictory and different from dictatorial regimes that possess governance without legitimacy.”
He pointed out that “boycotting the elections robs the ruling authority of legitimacy and grants it rule, and we, as a democratic state, adhere to the legitimacy of authority with the ruling, so any boycott threatens the entire political process. In addition, this step will not change the current reality, because it gives room to the same parties.” “By clinging to power and extending its lifespan,” he stated, “Here it cannot be said that there is a change coming on the horizon, especially since the (Saint-Lego) system was designed in a way that is consistent with the current situation of the ruling parties,” as he put it.
Al-Araji explained, “We do not reject their remaining in power as much as we are looking for a different stage that takes us out of the unilateral way of thinking and sticking to the approach,” and continued: “Yes, some believe that boycott is a way to salvation, but it is an incorrect and illogical idea, because the Iraqi constitution did not The level of acceptance and rejection is determined by the electoral number or the number of participants. Even if the number of participants is less than 10 percent of the number of voters, the elections are considered legitimate and recognized.”
For his part, the researcher in international political affairs, Dr. Haider Salman, stated in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that “boycotting the elections is undesirable on the basis that it will serve one group at the expense of another, and a large portion of the people will be absent from the elections,” considering that “Boycotting the elections without clear reasons or in order to punish the political class will serve the (major parties),” he asked, “So what is the point of boycotting!?” .
He pointed out that "adopting the Saint Lego system and law is a big mistake based on doubling numbers, which will give a picture different from reality. For example, whoever takes 100 votes will have 170,000 votes counted for him. Therefore, the larger the block, the more imaginary numbers it will have. Thus, the The electoral law is dedicated to serving large numbers,” indicating that “many have criticized (Saint-Lego), but for this system to be met with citizen isolation and marketing against participation in the elections, this is an incorrect reality, and it will not result in anything that meets the ambitions of citizens boycotting the electoral process. The reality says that participation Elections are the process of creating a ruling class that will not come through coups, but through the ballot box.”
Salman stressed, “What mars the political process are sediments, and the process of restoring legitimacy is through the electoral system - even if it is on weak and small numbers - as we do not have an electoral limit or threshold for the percentage of participation, so we must participate in the elections, and the voter’s choice is up to him.” Therefore, we say (no to boycotting the elections) or marketing to boycott them.”
Edited by: Muhammad Al-Ansari
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