Why Elections Fail the Country Again and Again
CHITRAL: Pakistan despite having God gifted natural resources and a wonderful people has always been failed by our system of government. Time after time we hold elections and governments are formed every time with a new hope. After sometime such governments either capitulate themselves or are shown the way out by the Army on becoming unpopular with the people. The intervention of the army is most times invited by non other than politicians of the same ilk but who are in opposition. Had elections given us a viable and credible government the Army could never have dared to intervene at any time. Fact is that experiment of forming a government through holding elections has proven a failure no matter how so much may one like to disagree with it.
The current government in Pakistan was formed after the country fed up with traditional politics stood up and voted for a lone warrior whose firebrand speeches against the system provoked even the most passive Pakistanis to come out and support him and thus put him in power. However all this proved an exercise in futility as the present government has proved “more of the same” to the anguish of distraught Pakistanis. Corruption rules the roost as was with previous governments. Any accountability if visible is against certain specific individuals rather than against crime in general. The rate and audacity in corruption everywhere has increased rather than decreased . Sadly there is no hope that things will improve as they are getting worse by the passing day.
After having tested even the “last hope of the nation”, it must be realised that it is not personalities that can change the fate of the country, instead it has to be a ‘System’ that does it. Staying within the present system even an angel will turn into a sinner and a tall talking ‘hero’ turn into a clown. So having seen and tested again and again the system of governments formed through elections and the capabilities of ‘electables’, it becomes all the more pertinent to seriously consider changing the system. Who will do it ? is a billion dollar question. Of course the system itself cannot bring about the change and will instead resist it to the last. The only method is to ‘impose’ the new system trough whatever way but with good intentions. After all Prophets of religions were not elected nor religions initially formed through voting. Only after the system proves itself the people will automatically get to know it and like it.
Which ‘System’? is the other question. Of course Meritocracy is an ideal system to address the challenges of not only Pakistan, but the whole world. As it may not be possible to abruptly impose the system of Meritocracy, so the nearer system to that would be a Presidential system of government practiced by 85 percent countries of the world. What is the hitch in that ? .. CN report, 29 June 2020