A thunderous Voice of a Unified Choice (Genenew Assefa)
Alas, the people have spoken, and spoken in a resounding voice, perhaps portending for better or worse, a similar pattern of vote tally for several elections to come. In any event, whatever ramification the future may have in store, one thing can be said with certainty in relation to the May 24 voting.
If nothing else, the record-high voter-turnout and consummate civility with which citizens exercised their right to vote in a multiparty election merits celebration, though the outcome neither warrants pomp nor vainglory. To the contrary, the sheer disproportionateness of the vote-count calls for sober reflection free from airs of vanity, lest success breeds self-limiting complacency. If not, resistance to internal renewal at the risk of terminal detachment from the social forces of change and the pioneering conscious agents of transformation.
However, modesty at a moment of arresting feat of electoral sweep only adds respectability in the eyes of the Ethiopian people known to respect unassuming acceptance of awards of merit as they are reputed for their silent scorn of showy exhibition of success. Most informed Ethiopians in fact recall, often with sardonic irony, how even a fleeting moment of fame inflated the arrogance of the few who rose and fell from the commanding height of authority, passing on to the next in line their unbridled contempt for the powerless many.
Humility in the wake of triumph, on the other hand, yields greater public trust, credibility and voters’ confidence, the crucial ingredients of an effective election campaign strategy. Witness how trust built over successive periods of tenure in office lent credibility to the incumbent’s campaign promise of five more years of continuous forward thrust beyond the next phase of growth and transformation. Click here to Read more