This morning I was able to exercise my democratic freedom to vote for the national government and local councilors.
I don’t really have a strong political view and see positives and negatives with all the parties, but I’m thankful that I was able to vote.
My vote was in secret and I’m reasonably assured that the ballot I cast will be counted accurately. I don’t feel the need to ask impartial observers to oversee the process.
When I got to the Polling Station there were no armed security guards and I didn’t feel that I was going to be attacked for exercising my right to vote.
Tonight the TV channels will waste hours of airtime talking about what may happen and tomorrow we will find out if anyone has managed to win this election by an outright majority. Regardless of the outcome I’m not expecting that in the days to come the army will be needed to quell rioting by supporters of any political party. In fact, even if a government cannot be formed straight away I expect that our armed forces will still work like normal, as will the police, hospitals and government departments.
In fact, with all parties trying to create their own version of moderate, I doubt that I will notice much change at all regardless of what combination of parties win. And for that I am surprisingly thankful.
Our political system and the parties that contend for our votes are not perfect. I would like things to be very different, but that does not mean that I don’t recognise that there are some things to be very grateful for.