Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Call (not) to boycott

Glad to find Egyptians being politically active. I'm getting bombarded by emails now calling on me and my fellow email recipients to boycott tomorrow's referundum. I'm also getting emails to join Kefaya in their demonstration tomorrow at 2pm (instead of voting ofcourse).

For the Kefaya email, I responded nicely, because these people don't take no for an answer. They'll bite you if you do, and one previous clash with that friend who sent the email is enough.

For the boycott email, I didn't know the guy and he included around 40 people in the email, so I had to say my thing against the boycott. The guy responded back to my email reply with some arguments that we can read everywhere, so I'm not reproducing his arguments here. But I want to highlight a few of his words that I found amusing.

This, didn't make any sense to me:

As an Egyptian that loves his country i urge everyone in this message to BOYCOTT the referendum on the 25th of MAY , and to pass this message on everyone he knows , hopefully by acting together we can change our future and the future of the coming generations from this corrupt and evil regime and change egypt into a real democratic civilized society where everyones voice is heard.

the road is long and hard , but if we never act , nothing will ever change.....and we bear the resonsibilty infront of our sons and future grandsons to fight for a better Egypt in which they can live and have the right to choose who represents them.

So, are we being asked to act, or not. I'm confused now!

Now this, was plain stupid (emphasis on "real" mine):
again and again .....i urge every real Egyptian to boycott the 25th of may referendum in an act of civil disobedience.


As for Kefaya's demonstration tomorrow, I think anyone who plans to boycott the referundum should atleast join them. I won't be able to join, as I'll be at the polling station.

Also, no election cards are required for this referundum. If you don't have one, you can only vote in your district's polling station. (My guess is you can vote anywhere any number of times!).

10 comments:

Alaa said...

note you still need to be registered. even when voting with your national ID.

Mohamed said...

Alaa, Sunday's Ahram front page said you don't have to as long as you vote in your district. That's how referundums used to be too. Hmm.. can't seem to have a clear answer on this I guess.

Alaa said...

nope what they said is you don't need the actualy card, but you still need to be registered.

the decision was made in a presedantial decree, the text was published in al ahram AFAIK.

couple of years ago they announced an automatic registration program connected with the national id program so maybe you are registered go check.

Alaa said...

your district aslan is defined by registration since a typical segel madani area covers more than one voting district.

Mohamed said...

Ah, I see. Unfortunately, I don't think you're automatically registered though, otherwise they wouldn't have had that small window for people to register last december. I will ask about that when I go tomorrow insha'Allah.

DNA said...

Good on you ya Mo.

Me, Myself and I said...

Is it normal for voting requirement or whatever to be such a mystery--everyone u talk to has a different piece of information..that in and by itself is quite something..my five cents..only those born in 1980/81 are registered automatically in the voters list or whatever...those born before need to register..but what i understood that for the ref. u need not be registered or carry a voting card, the id would suffice..but that said, i am not sure that there will be consistency in applying this...i am not voting anyway..and yaaa..shame on me. I would have liked to vote yes for the principle yet not as engineered...

Zainab said...

What are we voting on/for?

Me,Myself and I said...

whether you accept a change in the constitution or not with regards to amending article 76..

zoss said...

so, what's going on?