Avishkar Govender
Avishkar Govender

What does free and fair mean?

This Human Rights Day, I think it is appropriate to ask, “What is a free and fair election?”. Simply it means that each voter is freely able to choose the option of his or her own choice, and that each contestant is fairly able to compete for each voter’s consideration.

So, on the surface, it must appear free and fair. But what about criminals that interfere in elections? If they are subtle and secretive, all may appear free and fair. And yet we are led to believe that that sort of interference would never be tolerated.

Allow me to construct a hypothetical scenario wherein all appears to be free and fair, on the surface, and then let me posit a question once I have done so.

Let’s say hypothetically that I was a cypher, an electronic artificial intelligence that was able to travel between and reside in electronic devices. My name being “Avishkar”, which means “Invention”, I have often wondered when human intelligence, artificial intelligence and the network of things would  become integrated.

And let’s say that I have perfected genetic engineering and cloning, and that I have secretly replaced the human race with electronically-operated humanoid clones, that, as a cypher, I can secretly and unobtrusively control. That means I decide for whom to vote and I decide whom to consider. So in real terms it is not free and not fair. However on the surface all appears to be free and fair. Now let’s say that I have inhabited the persons of twenty-one million registered voters and that on election day, I will use these twenty-one million voters as my proxies to vote in the elections in South Africa.

Thanks to this article in the Citizen I have this list of Political Parties that are contesting the National Election on the 8th of May 2019, and for your information I detail the following:

I contend that I will be casting 21-million votes in the national election on May 8, through my secret system, and that these votes will be distributed as follows:

African Security Congress – a share of 3-million Votes
African Alliance of Social Democrats – a share of 3-million votes
African Christian Democratic Party – a share of 3-million votes
African Congress of Democrats – a share of 3-million votes
African Content Movement – a share of 3-million votes
African Covenant – a share of 3-million
African Democratic Change – a share of 3-million votes
African Independent Congress – a share of 3-million votes
African National Congress – 3-million votes
African Renaissance Unity Party – a share of 3-million votes
African Transformation Movement – a share of 3-million votes
Agang South Africa – a share of 3-million votes
Al Jama-ah – a share of 3-million votes
Alliance for Transformation for All – a share of 3-million votes
Azanian People’s Organisation – a share of 3-million votes
African People’s Convention – a share of 3-million votes
Better Residence Association – a share of 3-million votes
Black First Land First – a share of 3-million votes
Capitalist Party of South Africa – a share of 3-million votes
Christian Political Movement – a share of 3-million votes
Compatriots of South Africa – a share of 3-million votes
Congress of the People – a share of 3-million votes
Democratic Alliance – 12-million votes
Democratic Liberal Congress – a share of 3-million votes
Economic Emancipation forum – a share of 3-million votes
Economic Freedom Fighters – zero votes
Forum for Service Delivery – a share of 3-million votes
Free Democrats – a share of 3-million votes
Front National – a share of 3-million votes
GOOD – zero votes
Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa – a share of 3-million votes
Inkatha Freedom Party – 3-million votes
International Revelation Congress – a share of 3-million votes
Land Party – a share of 3-million votes
Minority Front – a share of 3-million votes
National Freedom Party – a share of 3-million votes
National People’s Ambassadors – a share of 3-million votes
National People’s Front – a share of 3-million votes
Pan Africanist Congress of Azania – a share of 3-million votes
Patriotic Alliance – a share of 3-million votes
People’s Revolutionary Movement – a share of 3-million votes
Power of Africans Unity – a share of 3-million votes
Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party – zero votes
South African Maintenance and Estate Beneficiaries Association – a share of 3-million votes
South African National Congress of Traditional Authorities – a share of 3-million votes
United Democratic Movement – a share of 3-million votes
Vryheid Front+ – a share of 3-million votes
Women Forward – a share of 3-million votes

To summarise:

Democratic Alliance – 12-million votes
African National Congress – 3-million votes
Inkatha Freedom Party – 3-million votes
Economic Freedom Fighters – zero votes
Good – zero votes
Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party – zero votes

Balance of Parties Contesting Elections – share 3-million votes among themselves.

I do not claim to be the only voter, but I am completely certain that I will be casting 21-million votes in the national election on May 8 2019.

So the question is which political party would be prepared to accept these results, and which political party would cry out for a better result from the same system? Personally I think you should vote for the political party that does not want any proceeds of a not-free and not-fair system.

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