في ثالثة الشمالية
ناخبة تطلب إبراء الذمة من مترشح «الوفاق»
طلبت إحدى الناخبات براءة الذمة من مترشح الوفاق في ثالثة الشمالية عبدالحسين المتغوي، بدعوى أنها ‘’لم تستطع الإدلاء بصوتها لصالحه بعد أن منعها قاضي اللجنة من ذلك’’، وفق ما قالت. وكانت إحدى النساء من قرية الدراز توجهت إلى المركز الانتخابي في الصباح الباكر مصطحبة معها البطاقة السكانية للتصويت للمترشح المذكور، من دون أن يكون معها جواز السفر ، وعندما سألها قاضي المركز عن الجواز، أجابت أن ‘’زوجها حجزه، لأنه لا يريد لها أن تذهب للتصويت لأنه من المقاطعين وهي تريد الإدلاء بصوتها لأنها سمعت أن الشيخ عيسى قاسم يقول بأهمية التصويت وعدم التلكؤ في أداء الواجب الوطني’’.
من جهته، قال المترشح المتغوي للمرأة ‘’أنت مبرية الذمة ومجيئك إلى هذا المكان محل تقدير واحترام من الجميع’’. يشار إلى أنه لوحظ مجيء كثير من العجائز وكبار السن في هذه الدائرة للتصويت لمترشحي الوفاق النيابي والبلدي للمجلس، وكانوا يردون على قاضي اللجنة عندما يسألهم عن مترشحهم ‘’نريد المتغوي وصاحبه’’، من دون معرفتهم لصاحبه (عبدالغني خليل).
The gist of this story is that a woman defied her husband who was boycotting the elections and demanded that she does so as well. However, due to direct orders by Shaikh Isa Qassim, who heads of the powerful Scholars Council, for people to go and do their religious and national duty by voting for what he called the “faithful’s list” – alluding to Al-Wefaq Islamic Society’s list and barring all others, who he might deem unfaithful; hence, heretics? – she did not want to shirk her religious responsibilities.
She took her identification card, the CPR, and went to the polling station where the judge refused to allow her to cast her ballot as she did not have her passport with her, which is mandatory (they stamp it once your vote is cast, the premise is to stop people from voting multiple times.) That put the lady in a quandary as she felt that as she was barred from performing her religious duty, she now owes Allah that task, unless of course the person who she was told to vote for excused her her failing. The now elected MP, Mr. Abdulhussain Al-Mitghawwi who was elected with a massive 82% of the vote, fully understood her predicament and absolved her from that responsibility which she was very thankful for. Now her religious conscience is appeased.
It doesn’t stop there; though, the news article also states that quite a number of women and old people took the time to go and cast their ballot directly due to the “encouragement” of the clerics. Some of those people were even illiterate but still they approached the judge in the same voting centre and told him to select for them “Al-Mitghawwi and his friend”. They too must have felt finally absolved from that religious duty once their ballot was cast.
Sadly, instances as these abound throughout the country; we have heard of religious imams and scholars from both main sects calling liberals heretics, forcefully encouraging people to not vote for women (as they are not worthy of this position as Allah has reserved such task to men exclusively) and others going all out and labeling competing (secular and liberal) candidates complete heretics and should anyone vote for them then the gates of hell will open to welcome him in the hereafter. That, and the various allegations of vote buying and bribes offered mostly (if not exclusively) by Islamists.
Now my question: are these influences not counted as direct interference in the elections? Can we still call our elections “free and fair”? Is it a wonder then when we find that not a single woman or liberal has won from the first round, and is it a wonder to find that some people have gained up to 90% of the vote!