Have you noticed how softly, low tone, gently, almost in undertones, riding piggyback on the main Referendum issues concerning the 8th. Amendment of the Constitution, those who wish to promote and support a Referendum on granting a Constitutional Right to those aged sixteen, to the right to vote in any form of election, are conducting their campaigns?
Strange is it not, that while making claims of wishing to involve our young people meaningfully, in the democratic processes of the State, and giving them their voices in matters of public concerns affecting them, these same promoters and supporters seem oblivious to defects of the current supposed democratic elective process!
These sixteen-year-olds will find themselves voting ad infinitum, in the main, for the same party selected hacks, the new ascendancy political barons, reigning with personal and family-based local and national power and political influence for forty years or more! Strange that this desire to empower these sixteen-year-olds with voting rights pays absolutely no attention to those kinds of issues which would engender the kind of Democracy that would actually empower the entire electorate, such as, a Constitutional limit as to how many consecutive terms an individual may stand for election to any elective position. Also how about the fact that you can only vote for a candidate, nothing in the system allows you to actually vote against a candidate, you’re only options are to vote for the least objectionable candidates first etc and unless you wish to devalue your Proportional Representation Vote, place the most objectionable candidate last on the ballot paper! or totally abstain from voting.Now if there was a box on the bottom of the ballot papers for NONE OF THE ABOVE think of how these two changes alone would affect those new ascendancy barons and their party backers!
streetdogs.blog the word on the street , wonders what its readers have to say on these and other suggestions for electoral reform?