Party Leaders Should be ResponsibleThe atmosphere surrounding the upcoming election is raising public suspicion. Rumors of bribery, amounting to millions of dollars, are spreading and instances of slandering among candidates are now commonplace.
Statistics show that there are more election law violators in this year's general election, which is in danger of becoming the most corrupt election in recent times.
Nominees of all parties are knee-deep in a mud-slinging war on television and in print media.
Despite the mess, officials at the Central Election Management Committee (CEMC) are showing no signs of controlling the situation. The Election Law clearly prohibits pre-election campaigning, such as conducting ballots before March 2. The parties who are involved in these activities are getting around the law by stressing their actions as 'common campaign maneuvers.'
The problem lies with the leaders, the campaign managers, and the candidates, who are taking to the streets assuring their party's success and rallying for voters' support.
With unenforcable election laws and lackadaisical CEMC members, it's no wonder weaker parties, independent candidates, and civic groups are facing a great disadvantage.
If the CEMC wants to set up a fair election, as is written in related laws, the organization must first sue the leaders of each pary, campaign managers, and those who have been conducting illegal campaigns. If CEMC permits pre-election campaigning, the 'Rejection Movement,' staged by civic groups should also be allowed.
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