CENBET's 2018 New Year Message
Saturday, January 06, 2018
As the country heads to the polls that must be called in 2018, we call upon the voters to choose only candidates who stand for moderation and good governance, regardless of political affiliation. These are values CENBET hold dearly to. Candidates with a history of race-baiting or with questionable track record on transparency should be rejected outright.

Our plea stems partly from the growing political apathy, especially among the young, who may dispense with their democratic rights. Many are already suffering from political fatigue and disgust over the current state of affairs. Rightfully, voters ought to be more discerning and demanding when it comes to determining the fate of the nation, especially when it comes to moderation and good governance.

CENBET expects race-baiting to intensify as election gets nearer. Likewise some candidates may resort to unethical or even unlawful practices to enhance their odds of winning. Our political system has no place for such dubious characters. In fact, political parties should not field such candidates in the first place, as they risk insulting voters in doing so.

The country is at a crossroad. We can ill-afford for bigots to continue fanning hatred and tear this country apart. As it is, much damage has been inflicted already by politicians who play to the gallery for short-term gains at the expense of national unity.

Over the years, we have also seen leakages in the form of one financial scandal after another, often linking those elected to public office. Whether due to outright graft, sheer incompetence or inaction, they should be booted come the next election. Only those committed to transparency and good governance deserves a place in the legislature.

Elections are only held once every five years. It is the sacred duty of each voter to be discerning and to choose wisely at the ballot box. The wrong choice may see the country descend down the path of racial and religious extremism and its wealth plundered by a select few. We can stop this by voting wisely this year.
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