Block Votes : Why we should ignore them.

Recently we’ve all heard about the various block votes doing the rounds amongst PN’s general council members. These sample block votes have inevitably, and rather conveniently, ended up in various online portals. Obviously these portals added their own spin to the motivation behind these block votes, and likewise anyone with a keen interest of what’s going on in PN also added their own conclusion as to what might be the reason and actual motivation to create such a block vote.

I will not please those that want these block votes shared by sharing them here, as by doing so we will be just doing their bidding for them.

My personal opinion on block votes is that I’m totally, 100% against them. The very concept of a block vote is to exclude people and to ensure that like minded individuals that are loyal to each other and not to the organisation they represent, are elected. A block vote will usually include some very strong candidates that will ultimately carry weaker ones with them with the result that it will exclude other strong candidates from being elected just because they do not belong in the same social group as the others. This, in my opinion goes against the very concept of democracy and borderlines the virtue of populism.

I’ve been involved in local politics for close to 12 years, even more so for the last 5 during which I contested a local council election, a general election, two internal elections for the executive of PN’s Local Councillors and an internal election to choose a party representative for the local councils association. Before joining the mad world of politics I’ve spent all my childhood and teenage years being active in various social groups or associations. Starting from the alter boys, to the youth centre in Msida, to a larger youth centre and leading to local football where I contested elections for 10 years which saw me occupying roles ranging from event organiser to president.

If there’s something that us Maltese love doing it’s definitely voting. Every couple of months (normally a year or a football season) there would be internal elections where the members elect their leaders. I can guarantee you that in most of these elections, both in politics and also in the social clubs I’ve been in,  I’ve seen several block votes. Some of them had my name on these block votes and others didn’t. I’ve been accused of organising such block votes and I also accused others of organising a block vote that excluded me.

When it comes to block votes experience thought me the following things;

  • We will never know who’s behind such a block vote and what is the intention of it.
  • Those individuals who’s name end up on a block vote might not necessarily know about it! Most people that are genuine and proud of their work in any organisation won’t accept that their name ends up being on a block vote for the same exact reasons that I explained above.
  • Block votes, unfortunately are part of our society. They’ve been there before, they’re here now and they will aways be there in the future in all political parties and all social organisations in our country.

The best thing we can all do is to ignore these block votes, stop sharing them and ensure that we all vote for those individuals that we believe can do the best job for the party in it’s current situation at the moment.

If we respect the history of our party; we owe it to all party members to elect the best individuals based on their qualities and not based on whether they are on one block vote or another.

More importantly, apart from electing the best 9 women and men, those elected together with the rest of the party’s administraiton must find place for the other 41 that weren’t elected. We’re a party blessed with 59 individuals that want to dedicate their time to the party and we’ll be stupid if we discard the 41 that aren’t elected. I’m sure that under Dr Delia’s leadership this won’t happen and as he said before, everyone is welcome to work in the party and I’m sure that the 41 that won’t be elected will have an important role to do during the next few years.