[Editorial] To be Pre-Post Elections Moods in Gilgit-Baltistan

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The long waited day is here right today November 12, 2009, when many adult men and women would be going to polling stations to cast their vote in Gilgit-Baltistan to their favourite candidates with hopes for a better future expected from these candidates.

Times to come will test many of these winning and losing candidates to what extent they are keeping their promises to go along the path of fulfilling the needs and demands of the people, however, in the history of Gilgit-Baltistan the elections of November 12, 2009 would be remembered to give it a completely different perspective.  The most important thing that has played a crucial role in the elections 09 is ‘Gilgit-Baltistan Empowerment and Self-rule Ordinance 2009’ although its credit is wholly being taken by the PPP government but let’s remember it was orchestrated and developed by the government of General Pervez Musharaf and PPP has delivered it in a altered and impoverished form than that conceived by General Perved Musharaf.

The people and leaders themselves should be thankful to each other to create momentum and a massive awareness among the people about their rights and duties as well as to getting a chance for reflecting on their needs and demands.  One of the most important things the election campaigns entail with is the people’s involvement and being able to highlight their socio-economic and political needs so that they could project them in front of contesting candidates as a development programme for the coming four years and beyond. The elected candidates may or may not be able to fulfil these demands but the communities and groups of people get aware and know what they have to get, if the wining candidates would not be able to fulfil these demands they may get them fulfilled from other sources of public, private or non-governmental institutions. At the lowest level of progress if none of the institutions would be able to fulfil the demands and needs of the people at least people get aware of these needs and wants which is better than being ignorant.

At the other side of the coin, many people consider elections as a devil that breaks the unity among the people and a danger for harmony in the society. However, it is hoped that and it is what happens in the civilized societies people needs to be agreed to disagree with each other objectively. All sections or groups have to understand that all the parties and individuals wants to work for the development of the region, Gilgit-Baltistan, but with different tactics and procedure where the cause of all is same. So once elections are over people should accept what majority of the people sided with at the same time the voices of minority should not be marginalized rather it should also get the due consideration. All should make their diligent efforts for the welfare and development of the Gilgit-Baltistan. At the same time diversity of opinion and constructive opposition is the sole of democracy in an open, educated and fair society thus one will always expect divergent opinions and perspectives to deal with the issue which is positive if it is being taken peacefully and intelligently with wisdom of self-reflections and correcting the courses of actions accordingly.

Now, let us wait today till midnight or tomorrow to hear what we would hear and see after all this peaceful and civilized election campaigns in Gilgit-Baltistan, the predications and forecasts of political pundits would remain with us till the appearance of real picture. At this time we will be more comfortable with watch and see recipe.  

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