Thursday, September 08, 2005

Happy elections day

Not bad, not bad at all. I'm happy with the preliminary results, 78-80% to Mubarak, 12% to Nour, and 5-7% to Goma'a. Maybe now, we can start to doubt the Oneness of our president, and start realizing that this is only a characteristic of God. Can you imagine what would've happened if the boycotting parties had joined, and if Kefaya had encouraged people to go vote instead of boycott, and if people had voting cards?

Better yet, can you imagine what a rerun would look like. How many would participate in that one, how many would see Ayman Nour as a viable candidate now after the performance he did in the first run. Could be really something, but its not gonna happen.

Indeed, I am proud of Egyptians. Something was different with Egypt yesterday, and Egyptians made it so, and they can do even better next time. Just keep the heat please. Mubarak's alternatives might be poor and not ready to manage a country like Egypt, especially in its current state. But what's important is to establish people's ownership of their country and of their destiny, and to prove that they can shake an established system that has been too comfortable in power for too long. A tiny shake, but start noticing what a simple act like a simple vote by simple persistant people can do.

Many of us did give Mubarak the finger, although I'm sure it'll take him a while to realize it.


Gilgamish said...

kefaya has boycotted the election, i did not know that, but it is honestly a bad decision, election is all about competition and boycotting it, is like an intentional strategy to lose the ability to make any changes, and i thought they were really radical to make changes, but i suppose, they did not make a wise decision at all!

And something i dont understand, why some egyptian bloggers like hal for instance say that is better for Mubarak to win, because as they say, no one can manage the country well..i mean how can you know that and on what basis they made such "assumption"? i'm very curious to know the reasons behind it.. is there a fear of islamism or something of that sort?

Mohamed said...

Well, they officially boycotted it, but during the demonstration I saw some of them with pink fingers. So individually they couldn't boycott what they are fighting so hard to have I guess.

I wish they had focused their efforts more into working with people to vote, telling those who took money and were forced to go around poll stations that they can take the money and vote to someone else, and be present at the poll station to try to neutralize what the NDP supporters were doing. Monitoring the elections was a good start though.

Alina said...

Hi, Mo! If you are wondering why I haven't been around...well, mostly it's because I was busy. The rest is because you page sometimes does not load properly in IE...Sure, Mozilla fixes it, but I don't have it at work :(. So, really glad to see your page properly today. Really not glad to see spam comments have reached your blog too!
See you around!

Gilgamish said...

well it seems that this election like how you implied had made a change in the process and not in the results, ppl now are starting to realize that there are different factions and parties out there and not just mubarak afendi.

Even Iran, did not make a radical change in their choosing, but its the process what it counts even though the head is a big religious mulla restricting personal freedoms of so many ppl. but ppl change, and they will demand. its a slow change.

I wish democracy to all middle eastern countries.

Mohamed said...

Yes Kayla I was wondering. Missed you around. I just realized the problem with IE yesterday and fixed it. Looks fine now I think.

Alina said...

Yup, looks great! :)Keep up the good work, Mo! Who knows, I might be using your blog for my final paper! :)