"A Voteless People is a Hopeless People." I once savvied that phrase upon a night before The Dormitory's Election few weeks ago. Ya, seemed not to be outdone by government, my boarding school was bombarded with those ballots stuffs. The democracy's being misspelled lately, as it goes crazy.
As Wikipedia said, democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. While there is no universally accepted definition of "democracy," equality and freedom have both been identified as important characteristics of democracy since ancient times. Elections have been the usual mechanism by which modern representative democracy has operated since the 17th century. Elections in Indonesia have taken place since 1955.
Direct, public, independent, private, fair, and conscionable are the characteristics of it. Fair, has it been fair enough? Let's see.
I'm not even 16 yet. But politic is not 'juju' anymore in my ears, and so is the democracy. Election exists to fuse both of them. It's the simplest way to express our freedom. It could be done directly nearby your home and no need to make a huge gathering in a place like in the ancient time. You'd be independent to choose any choice in a private chamber. You'd only have once opportunity to vote with the ink on your little finger when you've done yours. Therefore, the idea of election made the democratic party run well as a fair condition.
In another side, there are intersections among its process where the frauds may appear. At the time, there would be a campaigns party everywhere. The banners, orations, brochures, pamphlets, printed-tshirts, and so on. Where were the frauds? If anyone could show where the boundary of fairness takes place nowadays, it would be easy to answer that question. How can we decide which one was the fraud and which one's fair? Looks so hazy and foggy. Besides, the campaign party always made those eyesores. The parties became on fire with the competitions and forgot the goal of campaigning itself. It built some monopoly that under17 kid like me knew nothing. They say Politic is crafty yet cunning. The more they're powerful, the more opportunity of authorizing the 'power' they have.
Anyway, here is Lincoln's famous phrase; government of the people, by the people, and for the people. So, it returns to our hands. How we handle it and make some actions that is real and clear. My teacher said this, ask not what your country has given to you, but ask what you have given to your country. Fasten your safety belt , get ready and get set. Your vote is your voice. Be heard. Let's make a better country, Indonesia waits for you.