Whose interests are the best?

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It is natural for each person to want to protect his or her own interests. Some might want to describe this inclination as self centred, but it goes with the experience of being human.

For several hundreds of years, well organised societies have provided interest groups for individuals and stakeholders, as vehicles for assessing, accumulating and affirming their political views. Most of us just accept the status quo as it is presented to us, because it requires minimal fuss and effort to get things done.

In some societies, the right to identify with any group of that nature, in order to have a say in the way that communal matters were dealt with was made only available to particular groups of people. Access in these situations was sometimes based on a person’s gender, race, class or some other silo.

This is the reason why some observers regard the principle of “one person, one vote” as a civic responsibility that everyone should take seriously if it is available as an option. That doesn’t mean that the system cannot be evaluated and modified, to take into account changing times and values.

In some parts of the world, societies and countries are simply going through the motions in attempts to pay lip service to the idea of being democratic in making choices. Is it any wonder that situations abound nowadays where electoral practice comes across as a travesty of the original idea? Are there any prospects for reform?