Archive for April 4th, 2011

The PNPL tribal war: electoral tricks…

April 4, 2011

Of course the manoeuvering to disenfranchise thousands of young people from voting in the forthcoming referendum is disgusting. This is nothing new. These types of dirty tricks have been going on for ages. The PN and PL have a long history of excluding others from the electoral process and of dirty tricks before and during elections from seeking to eliminate people from the electoral register, to organising the mass exodus of the dying and seriously ill people from hospitals and old peoples’ homes, to playing around with electoral districts.

They control the electoral commission and have made sure that we remain stuck with an outdated electoral law – the reality is that the satus quo suits them both. In 2011 Maltese citizens are still not able to vote from abroad. Unlike other countries where an eligible voter, on reaching the voting age can collect a voting document from his local electoral office even on election day itself, in Malta the PL and PN are still stuck to the archaic electoral register system, which in the information age is only updated twice a year. This in a country where every citizen is assigned an identity number at birth. But the PN and PL big brothers want to have the time to scrutinize each and every voter, especially if he or she belongs to the other tribe. What’s good for other countries is obviously not good for ‘special’ Malta.

Whatever their rhetoric we all have both PN and PL to blame for the current state of affairs. Their tribal instincts are still going strong. A good idea of the silly, petty and tribal instincts amongst the ‘new’ PN and PL young activists, including some PN young people who call themselves ‘liberal’ while at the same time propping up a confessional party and its ultra-conservative leader can be found on social networks with both tribes accusing each other of improper conduct, when in actual fact it is these two parties who have fiddled around with the electoral and voting process for years on end. ‘New’ people, old mentality.

PL u PN iħawwdu fit-tajn u jwaħħlu f'xulxin!