Anarchy - the mother of order?
08.08.2012 00:00It was nice to read in the newspaper "Moskovsky Komsomolets" the day after our presidential elections in August 2011: "Abkhazia, which Russia recognized in 2008, is more democratic than Russia." Our achievements in the electoral process were recognized by international observers who were pleasantly surprised at a competence of observers of all presidential candidates present at polls on the day of elections, and a clearly set work of electoral commissions. In recent years, Abkhazia stands out from post-Soviet countries due to the democratization in this area. Even human rights international organizations which do not recognize our independence such as “Freedom House” which rated Abkhazia as partly free, due to these achievements.
Therefore, a savage incident at the Chlou polling station occurred late on the fifth of August, signals a dangerous trend - we are returning to anarchy and pretend that nothing special happened. After vote counting, witnessing an overwhelming victory of Beslan Butba, a large group of supporters of Beslan Tarba, ran for the National Assembly of RA in the same district, forcedly entered the room where the electoral commission set, swept the police and destroyed all the papers they got. Members of the Electoral Commission managed to hide bulletins, and the group committing violence broke only one important protocol. Now it is glued and kept by the CEC Chairman Batal Tapagua.
A troubling precedent took place a few months ago when at one of the Sukhum polling stations people were also trying to prove their rights with strength. This incident has not received assessment in the public consciousness , though there were a lot of gossips in the cafes and kitchens. But if one may, why not the others - this unpretentious logic always works well, and now we've got a tendency. Smashing polls is in fashion and becomes a habit..
If now the incident does not receive wide publicity, and the participants do not incur administrative punishment under the law, democratic gains of recent years will be threatened. For many years it was possible to attempt with impunity one of the top officials, now we can give a damn to the will of voters who live close to you. If a person running for the People's Assembly, does not see anything criminal in such actions of his supporters (and no public condemnation of these actions from his part followed yet), there is a legitimate question as what was this man’s purpose to join the parliament?
Fortunately, the Central Electoral Commission did not follow in the wake of Beslan Tarba supporters and confirmed the victory of Beslan Butba. But can we say with a clear conscience that all is tiptop in our state, if the defeat of a polling station get by?