One of the most important determinant factors as to whether a country is truly democratic or not is the election process.
if election is not fair, then whatever democracy the power-that-be is talking is just rhetoric.
An unfair election is like a football game where one side – let us call it the home side- has all the advantages: smaller goal post than the other side , uneven field where the opposing side needs to attack uphill, a biased referee which would give penalty against the opposing side for small infringement whereas the home side would go unpunished even for dangerous tackles and other fouls.
How to win against these unfair practices? How to win when one seat has more than 100,000 voters and another 5000 only?The one in the former has only 1/20th weight-age of the latter. this is just one of the many things which are stacked against any side hoping to win against the Home Side.
So in order to have a 2 party system in place, and a true democracy in place, a fair election process is of utmost importance and one of the foremost consideration in any demand for change.
The Parliamentary select committee has come out with its 22 point recommendations. It is an improvement but actually still falls short of the need to have a clean and truly fair election process. They fall short of the demand by Bersih 2.0 which are summarised as:
cleaning of the electoral roll, reforms to postal voting, the use of indelible ink, free and fair access to media, a minimum 21-day campaign period, the strengthening of public institutions, a stop to political corruption, and an end to “dirty” politics
Thus I support the call by Bersih to have a third rally on 28th April 2012.
I hope this time the authority has learned its lessons from Bersih 2.0 and would not resort to using rough tactic to quell the rally.
It would actually be counter productive to use force on a peaceful gathering asking for fair elections, as been witnessed time and again overseas.
If Myanmar is also on the brink of change, I think it is high time that we should really strive for a clean and fair election. BN politicians should realise that a clean and fair election process would be beneficiary even to BN in the long run, for if it loses the next GE or the next next , the same fair and clean rules would apply to the other side in power , making it easier for BN to make a comeback after undergoing housecleaning and drastic change.
BN should not hope to be in power forever; no regime in the world has achieved that.