The Special Electoral Court and its unfair game play
8 is the number, tuesday, thursdays of this week are the key days.
This week-end the Malagasy territory was marked with the news of eight cancelled candidacies by Madagascar’s second Special Electoral Court (CES 2).
The news was not generally welcomed especially since three of the candidacies are those of the controversial contenders: Andry Rajoelina, Lalao Ravalomanana and Didier Ratsiraka. Opinions were expressed even in the toilets of buzzing bars and clubs of Madagascar. My ears and eyes witnessed the discontentment, the frustration.
Once again the political situation and this newly constituted CES decision leaves most Malagasy ever more frustrated. Are we young, not so young, men and women to sit and wait? Wait and let them dictate our panoply of choices for the elections.
Since the start of this transition and four years later our lives have been decide behind closed doors and four walls with little and limited access for the public to decide and participate in their fate. This week is key to shaping Madagascar’s future. A way out, delaying a way out or keeping the status quo.
Undoubtedly, the CES 2 is yet another mechanism to confuse, to delay the road to the elections as it limits the Malagasy’s choice of their next leader. Even if the candidacies of the three contenders are most controversial and presents risks of potential instability some even talk of a revolt and taking the streets, Malagasy have the right to decide, who to lead them.
CES 1 has approved their candidacies in accordance with the criteria laid out in the initial road map. A decision faced with several difficulties at the time, one that was also questioned and criticised. This second decision is a simple violation of the first approval of their candidacies. CES 2, reiterated the first points of contention raised by CES 1 and rejected Andry Rajoelina’s candidacy for failing to file the application before the 28 April deadline and Lalao Ravalomanana and Ratsiraka, that they do not meet the requirement outlined in the Constitution requiring any candidate for the office of president to reside in the territory of the Republic of Madagascar for at least six months prior to the deadline for application.
Three days are left to hear the final decisions and strategies of the three political parties. Tuesday 20 August, until then the CES stated the eight candidates have three days to appoint other people to replace them in the presidential race. What will the three candidates decide? To withdraw, to contest in what manner?
Seeing no way out, doubting whether this will actually lead to an appeasement of the situation. Injustice and manipulation is ever more on the minds of Malagasy citizen. Enough is enough. Enough of the confusion, of the stalemate exacerbating injustice leaving the country to continue in a situation of complete political anarchy and instability.
Cancelling these candidacies limits the Malagasy’s choice of their next leader. As well as questions the seriousness and transparency of both CES. Even if the candidacies of the three contenders are most controversial and presents risks in the sense of a potential revolution such risks have been understood and evaluated by the leaders and the Malagasy citizen.. Malagasy have the right to decide, who to lead them and CES 1 ‘s initial approval of their candidacies in spite of the long winded debate over whether the criteria were met was in accordance with the initial road map once they had decided to include all three controversial candidacies. There is no valid basis to appeal that decision, it seems the creation of the CES 2 was a tactic an alternative so as to distance and avoid the participation of the three key contenders. Many blame the international community for deciding and imposing their agenda whatever it may be on the Malagasy’s future. Suspiciously, since june, the international community suggested the reconstitution of the CES. Done and done and now with a decision which will certainly be a turning point.
32 candidates accepted by the CES to run the race on 8 and 18 October by the Independent National Election Commission. For now we are once again left in a state of limbo, uncertainty and the frustration continues and deepens.
In the name of ending injustice, freedom of choices and expression.