What Happened When People Do Not Believe in Election Results?
Nigeria, a country of 158.2 million people (UN, 2010) and the 6th largest oil producing country in the world, went to the poll to elect a new president the same day as Sarawak 10th election on April 16, 2011. Despite the presidential poll was described by international observers as relatively free and fair, as compared to past elections in 2003 and 2007 when rigging and intimidation were outrageously rampant, Nigerians from the northern regions have been out on the streets protesting the election results. BBC has reported on April 24 that more than 500 people died according to a Nigerian human rights group, the Civil Rights Congress.
This is what can happen when ordinary people no longer believe in election results anymore.
Just wonder in the immediate past Sarawak election, for all those people who might have behaved, acted or in any way helped or condoned BN to cheat, these could be SPR commissioners and workers, police chiefs and personnel, civil servants at all levels, tuai rumah, penghulus, media, bloggers and not to forget politicians and their supporters, intermediaries, pseudo organisations etc., if they ever spare a thought of their roles and behaviours in destroying the credibility of election as an institution and the consequence that such will create the conditions for disasters for later generations?