The Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) has again failed to make an impression on voters.
All 28 MSJ candidates lost in Monday’s local government election.
And the party attracted a total of 2,635 votes, representing .71 per cent of the total.
Despite the dismal results, MSJ leader David Abdulah remains positive and says the country is ready for change.
In a telephone interview with the Express yesterday, Abdulah said: “What we are trying to do is bring about fundamental change in the country, and that does not happen overnight. We are challenging a very powerful status quo in the society in terms of political culture, and we will continue to do what we have to do.”
Abdulah could not give the exact number of votes his party got, but said some MSJ candidates said that in places where they did not have a single vote before, people are recognising the MSJ as a political party and people are prepared to vote for them.
Abdulah was not pleased with some of the campaigns in the lead-up to the election and described the tactics of his political opponents as “crass and cruel”.
“A lot of intimidation took place in these elections,” he said.
Abdulah pointed out that he heard money was being given out to people to vote a certain way, while others were being threatened with unemployment or loss of their pension if they did not vote for a certain political party.
“There are a lot of things that are happening in the politics of the country, particularly election politics,” he said.
“It is very disturbing. I think we had it for quite some time, but I think it was even more crass and cruel in this local government election.”
He said this type of campaigning not only hurt the MSJ but the democracy of the country, and ultimately determines who forms the government.