The second round won...
11.03.2012 00:00Most members of Parliament National Assembly will be determined only in the second round two weeks later.
Judging by a persistent struggle for parliamentary seats, the value of the parliament as an instrument of power will increase. By now the first round shows that a new generation whose world view was formed in the post-war realities appeared at the political arena. A permanent speaker of the National Assembly of RA Nugzar Ashuba lost the election, and we can expect a scuffle for a main deputy position will be fierce.
The results of the first round revealed several features. First, participation in the war is no longer working on the reputation of the candidate so unconditionally as before. Second, open external forms of campaigning such as televised debates and advertising film rolls, also make little influence on the choice of voters who expressed a preference for the so-called yard campaign, when they knock on the door and persistently describe their candidate’s advantages.
Some people are inspired by hope with apparent rejuvenation of Parliament, but it is doubtful to be shared looking at the current composition of the Sukhum City Assembly - young elected rapidly and disappeared from public view. What are they doing and for what is practically unknown. Recently, they have changed their leadership, electing a new chairman, but several weeks passed, and no new energetic steps for the good of their native capital until being noticed.
Most likely, the activity of the parliament, as before, will be determined by the competition of representatives of opposition, whose leader Khajimba won in the first round, and the representative of the ruling elite, many of which will have a second round.
Unfortunately, new colorful figures that could raise the activities of the Parliament to a more constructive level, replacing at least temporarily an annoyed conflict of power interests for understanding the need of a nationwide development, so far are unnoticed.
Less than half of voters considered their duty to come to polls, and this reflects the lack of citizens’ confidence that a Parliament is able to change their lives for the better. It became a tradition that, deputies having settled in comfortable chairs, completely forget about their responsibility in front of voters and do not hold even a formal meeting with them, not to mention any current report on their activities. Voters respond with the same indifference - many just a few months after do not remember whom they voted for in the last election. The MP for them is a mythical figure, hovering somewhere far out of the sight.
It's sad, but the legislature almost twenty years after gaining independence, has not yet realized its power and responsibility and stays in the adolescent stage. As well as the self-government at all levels - from urban to rural. Bias in favor of executive power is so great that an ordinary citizen, as a rule, does not even think to ask for help in those structures whose election depends directly on him. As you know, flies and cakes are separately, as we have with the elective branches of government - whether we are separate from them, whether they are from us.