Shamlawi contesting electoral districts

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Lawyer Abdulla Al-Shamlawi suing the government for the iniquitous electoral boundariesLawyer Abdulla Al-Shamlawi suing the government for the iniquitous electoral boundariesOne of the main grievances people of Bahrain have is the iniquitous distribution of the electoral districts. We find that in the 2006 elections for instance, the Northern Governate contains a total of 91,874 voters electing nine members of parliament; while in the Southern Governate, the voters there number only 16,571 but they get to elect six members of parliament. This means that while members of parliament in the Northern Governate average one MP for every 10,802 votes, we find that in the Southern Governate the average is one MP for every 2,761 votes!

This means that one vote in the Southern Governate equals two and a half of those in the Northern Governate. Iniquitous by any standard, but when you consider that this results in direct representation in an elected parliament, one cannot help but think of clear discrimination on the part of the government against a large swathe of the country’s population. Comparing numbers in other districts affirms this clear and unadulterated prejudice.

One person is taking the government to task about these issues where it counts; lawyer Abdulla Al-Shamlawi is suing the government in its own courts [Arabic] for this iniquitous distribution of electoral districts on behalf of a citizen in District 1 in the Northern Governate, a Mr. Mattar Ibrahim Al-Mattar.

Al-Shamlawi’s battle is a winning one logically and he is driving the Legal Department – representing the government – into a spiral of self destruction as he is taking every illogical single point they throw to the fore, deconstucts it and replies with facts and solid logic, especially when you consider that they are trying to defend the indefensible.

Apart form the various seminars and workshops and demonstrations which are almost a weekly occurrence since they drew the illogical and completely illegal electoral boundaries, this, I feel is the cherry on the cake and the most effective method to get this iniquitous situation corrected.

Well done Mr. Al-Shamlawi. Much respect and admiration and God’s speed.

  • Costa-guy
    15 April 2008

    Out of respect and admiration to what Mr. Shamlawi is doing, I sign my presence in the post with no more argument or comment.

    This is how things should go in Bahrain.

  • ammaro
    15 April 2008

    its heartwarming to hear this, however, where is it going to go from here? i think we all know that there have been irregularities in the voting process, but is the ‘system’ going to allow him to look into these issues? or is it going to shun him in clear daylight on the basis of some ridiculous technicalities?

  • mahmood
    15 April 2008

    Well, it’s better than Zimbabwe isn’t it? So let’s be even a minute bit more optimistic that a case like this has been accepted and is being debated in court.

  • laila
    16 April 2008

    Mahmood, thats true, it’s better than Zimbabwe.

    My grandmother she’s really funny, she says that dictators are like alley Cats (Extremely dirty), they have 9 lives(Mugabe his on his last life). They live longer than anyone else (Trust me, in a 3rd world country its rare to see life expectancy of 70’80’ and 90’years old), this is because they suck the life out of everyone else.

    And everytime you wish upon their death, they live even longer! So don’t try doing that either.

  • laila
    16 April 2008

    The rulers are simply a reflection of the ruled. If the society fixes itself the rulers will be better. If the society thinks in a sectarian way the rulers will also do so.

  • Ali
    16 April 2008

    There is even a word for it – gerrymandering!!

  • anon
    16 April 2008

    اخيرا …. Ùˆ الفال انشالله حق قانون الجنسية …. Ùˆ سلمولي على مجلس النواب الدايخ اللي لا منه لا فايدة Ùˆ لا عايدة

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