Lejn Proporzjonalita stretta




Wara r-riżultat ta’ l-aħħar elezzjoni ġenerali li saret il-ġimgħa l-oħra reġa’ beda jingħad li hemm ħtieġa ta’ riforma elettorali.

Għaliex ?

Għax kien hemm il-periklu li min ikollu l-inqas voti jmexxi l-Gvern. Tafu għaliex inħoloq dan il-periklu ? Għax meta saru l-aħħar emendi kostituzzjonali dwar il-proċess elettorali kemm il-PN kif ukoll l-MLP kienu moħħhom biss fihom infushom. Ma qagħdux attenti biex jasiguraw illi l-vot ta’ kulħadd ikollu l-istess piż.

Fil-fatt ftehmu kif “huma” jkunu assigurati li l-voti li jkollhom ikunu riflessi fir-rappreżentanza parlamentari tagħhom. Imma l-ftehim illimitawh biss għal meta jkun hemm żewġ partiti fl-Parlament. Jiġifieri għalihom biss.

Injoraw kull ċirkustanza oħra. Bħala riżultat ta’ dan it-3810 vot li kisbet l-Alternattiva Demokratika (kwota sħiħa mifruxa ma Malta kollha) m’humiex rappreżentati fil-Parlament.

Riżultat ġust u demokratiku f’din l-elezzjoni kien jagħti 34 siġġu lill-PN, 34 siġġu lill-MLP u siġġu wieħed lill-Alternattiva Demokratika.  Jiġifieri waħda mill-4 co-options li saru kellha tkun favur l-Alternattiva Demokratika mhux favur il-PN : kellu jkun co-opted Harry Vassallo flok Francis Zammit Dimech ! B’hekk il-kwota sħiħa tal-Alternattiva Demokratika kienet tkun rapprezentata fil-Parlament ukoll. Kull vot kien ikollu valur.

Li dan ma sarx huwa minħabba l-emendi li saru fi tmiem is-sena l-oħra bl-approvazzjoni kemm tal-PN kif ukoll tal-MLP. L-emendu kostituzzjonali kellhom approvazzjoni unanima u allura kemm l-PN kif ukoll l-MLP jridu jerfgħu l-piż politiku għalihom. Ħadd ma jista’ jwaħħal f’ħadd.

Hemm bżonn li r-riżultat elettorali jkun wieħed rifless fi proporzjonalita stretta fil-Parlament. B’hekk biss jista’ jkun hemm riżultat ġust.



One comment on “Lejn Proporzjonalita stretta

  1. AD’s general election is what it is, no more and no less. AD achieved a bad result in the local council elections too. No councillor was elected. Within the local council context, there is no electoral law which makes things difficult for small parties. But should AD cease to exist? I for one, disagree. I believe that AD should look forward, and do away with self-righteous bitterness and unrealistic aspirations. Move on!

    It is true that, as far as general elections go, the electoral system does not favour AD. As I see it, however, it is useless whining on this. It makes much more sense to get to business and devise political strategies based on concrete reality rather than idealistic wishlists.

    To begin with, an AD strategy aimed at changing the electoral system is a non-starter and will only encourage the larger parties to tilt away from such reform. If anything, this issue should be dealt with by independent civic-minded forces which aim to bring a balance between democratic representation and governability.

    AD should do away with discourse, campaigns and initiatives that are larger than reality. It should also avoid `I-know-it-all-and-everyone-else needs-us’ approaches. Instead, it should have realistic aspirations and be more down to earth. It should stop being bitter and should be honest with itself on its true size in the Maltese political context. A concrete way forward is consolidating and building on its relative successes in local and European elections. In this regard, the experiences of the British Green Party come to mind. It does well in European and local elections (it is represented at European and Local levels), but, so far, has never got elected in general elections.

    Whilst keep giving importance to environmental issues, AD should also embrace social-oriented ideology and discourse which is in-synch with the material aspirations of thousands of Maltese people. Issues such as the family, cost of living, work, and security are cases in point.

    I for one, have been believing for quite some time, that AD should involve itself in a long political march, rather than an impulsive and larger-than-life strategy. Politics is not a wishlist but is deeply related to the particular political, cultural, ideological and economic realities of a particular society. Voters are not brainless idiots, but weigh things out before voting. And yes, in general elections, it is not surprising that 98% of the electorate vote for governments and stability. A look at value surveys in Malta (which have been carried out since the 1980s, and which form part of the worldvaluesurvey), easily confirms the value priorities of Maltese people.

    AD should aim to consolidate its results in certain previous local council and european elections. This in itself is very difficult, and nothing is to be taken for granted – the current local council results are a case in point! Being an AD councillor myself (the only one who got elected twice in a row, in 2003 and 2006), I can assure everyone that this requires alot of hard work, and involves strategies which are very different from the type of strategy used by AD for this general election.

    AD had a wrong strategy for this general election. Period. I have been saying this for a long time, and I predicted a similar outcome due to the wrong strategy, which was not realistic, was too negative, and was too cut off from the aspirations of Maltese people. However, I did not go public as I did not wish to harm the party.

    I wish a positive future for AD, yet this requires a sober and realistic analysis and subsequent changes. Unrealistic expectations can only result in deep disillusionment. In sum, I believe that AD should carry out an open, sober and democratic debate within its ranks, giving a level playing field to its activists, including those who left or were sidelined.

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