Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Day After the Elections

So here we are. The day after the elections. No official results yet, but it looks like the ANC will once again have their 2 thirds majority.

Jacob Zuma said in one of his pre-election speeches that there was nothing in the constitution that says a party with majority is bad for the country. There is also nothing that says that it is good either.

I happen to be one of those people that belives absolute power corruptes absolutely. While there should still be checks against people doing whatever they like, it always seems like those in power can find away. When one party has the two thirds majority it means they can vote through the government whatever law their party wants to pass.

The ANC has had a a majority in the South African government for what seems like a very long time. I was hoping that this time they would lose their majority, to enable the resulting government to create some balance.

Onto other things concerning the election.

I was surprised at the amoung of people that did not vote. Not the statistics that they show on TV. Those stats belong to the nameless and faceless hoard that you always hear about. Today I saw at least three people who did not have the voting ink on their thumbs. I always wonder why people did not vote. I wonder if they are not interested in doing what they can for themselves in their own party.

Now of course, some of the channels here are showing nothing but non interesting stuff about the elections. Going over things about which parties might form what coalitions in what provinces.

Only a little bit longer now and then we will know for sure which way things are going. And there is nothing that we can do about the result now anyway.

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