Bad news from the New York Times yesterday:
Shiite and Kurdish lawmakers have made a “clarification” to the rules on how the new Iraqi constitution will be passed:
Under the new rules, the constitution will fail only if two-thirds of all registered voters – rather than two-thirds of all those actually casting ballots – reject it in at least three of the 18 provinces.
I don’t really have anything else to say about it.. it’s pretty self explanatory.
When was the last time you ever heard of a “democratic” process that had those who *do not* vote in elections decide the fate of those who do.
Just over 50% of registered voters voted in the elections in January. Compared to the US and Canada, that’s a pretty darn good turnout… but even it is shy of the two-thirds (66%) “required”, and with a Shiite and Kurdish majority, the likelyhood of the constitution being rejected is, well… nil.
So why vote at all?