Elections 2008: Being Prepared For Your Role In The Democratic Process

If you’re Malaysian and of voting age, chances are you’d be bombarded for the past two weeks or so with advertisements, banners, buntings, speeches and probably even by visits from politicians that you haven’t seen for the past five years.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave in the middle of nowhere, you’d surely know that this is a typical prelude to an upcoming election. Are you ready to play your role in this process?

Elections, unlike our politicians, are no joke. The fate of the nation is literally in your hands. Therefore, you should exercise your right to vote for your representatives in the state and parliament seats.

First and foremost you should have a clear understanding of what the candidates vying for your vote stands for. Remember that actions speak louder than words. Don’t just listen to what they say, see what they’ve done and are doing for your constituency. Whatever they’ve been doing for the past two weeks should be discounted.

Then take a look at the parties they represent. Are their beliefs and ideologies aligned with yours? Bear in mind that the official slogans may not necessarily reflect how the party runs things. Again, do not get high on the propaganda drug… see their past performance and compare it to your own expectations.

Just as important would be to be physically and mentally prepared for Election Day itself. Make sure you know where your polling station is. Also, take note of your specific polling stream. Having these information ready will make your polling duty run more smoothly.

You can find out your polling station and stream number via the Election Commission’s online electoral roll search engine. If the main site is down, please try its mirror site.

On key item that you should have with you on polling day would be your Identity Card. Without this important document, you would not be allowed to obtain the ballot paper to cast your vote. So do not forget to bring your IC along when you cast your votes!

This year’s election would be the first where the use of a special ink has been endorsed to “mark” persons who have casted their votes. This would help in reducing the chances of electoral fraud. I’m sure there are people out there who would find the mark to be cosmetically negative, but hey… that’s the price of democracy! Don’t tell me you expect them to give you a gold anklet as a token of appreciation instead!

Have a safe voting day and remember; vote wisely!

2 responses to “Elections 2008: Being Prepared For Your Role In The Democratic Process”.

  1. ahmog Says:

    Unfortunately .. we were baited.

    The mark is optional.. those who don’t want to mark.. have to fill a form.. (i don’t know what happens to the form)

  2. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Well, now they decided to do away with the ink thingy.

    My take on it? This definitely sucks and yet another blow to our democracy.