Local knowledge is best when voting is best

IN the last General Election in 2018, I saw endless social media posts showing inked fingers and the voters’ excitement about going back to their home town to vote.

I have nothing against that, but deep down I feel a mechanism is needed to ensure voters vote at their current place of residence. Why? Because a local knows better.

If a voter is a non-resident in that neighbourhood or state, can the voter know what the local residents are truly in need of in that constituency?

Many voters return to their home town and vote based on their liking for a politician or political party or, worse, make a decision based on hearsay. But is that party representative doing his/her job, or does the politician fight for the causes of his/her constituency – does the “outstation” voter know? Many of these votes, I believe, do not often reflect the thinking on the ground in a neighbourhood.

Good or bad, the locals have to endure their newly elected leaders for the next four years or so, thanks to these “outstation” voters – who may muddy the waters sometimes.

Every state has its strengths and weaknesses, and also its needs. Only a true local would know what those are.


George Town

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