Somehow, people seem to be least active about, or rather interested in, the 2017 by-election to be held today. Compared to election campaigns in the November 2015 general election, conditions of the ruling party’s election campaigns dropped remarkably. This may be attributed to two reasons: activists’ assumption that the amounts of vacant seats in Hluttaws are not large enough to harm the decisive power of their ruling party, and decreasing supports from campaign activists. In my opinion, election awareness, that is, political awareness needs to develop in us.
Under the democratic practice, we can elect anyone we like. Generally, voters can be categorised into three groups — strong supporters for one party, normal supporters for one party and swing voters. The first kind is the one who himself is a sympathiser and organises others to vote for the party they like. The second one is a sympathiser for one party but he or she never organises anyone to vote for the party they like. The last kind is floating or swing voters who do not vote for the same political party and have not decided which party to vote for in an election. So, votes of swing voters can change into different sides occasionally because of their changing minds depending upon deeds of their supported party or inducement or euphemistic persuasion or barnstorming campaigns.
To put it simply, we generally lack the knowledge on psephology which means the study of how people vote in election, never trying to know it. In fact, we need to know the essence of voting. Every individual can cast a vote as desired. Winning candidates must sit at parliamentarian seats, from which they will perform the national tasks of legislature, executive and judiciary panels.
Only if our people have been endowed with political awareness, can we have a good government and clean governance. If a parliamentarian candidate we voted for has won in the election, it can be said that we ourselves are going to sit in the Parliament because he represents us. Instead, if we fail to go to voting booths, it will be like giving away our rights to sit in the parliament. There is another duty for us to abide by rules and regulations prescribed by the Union Election Commission. Under the democratic practices, we must accept any results that will come out from a free and fair election, on one condition that we are responsible to take care for anyone who will break the law and rules, not to emerge in our environment. Last but not least, let us go to our respective voting booths on April 1, and on election days which will come in future, so as not to lose our rights.