I recently made a little survey about the Constitutional referendum of 11/17 in Madagascar. I was not sure if I would write something about it since only 15 people replied to the online survey (which is now closed) and 16 other people on paper. Well, I finally decided to share the result in this post because I value everyone’s opinion.
The first question was: Are you going to vote?
25.8% said YES; 64.5% said NO and 9.7% said they did not know yet at the moment of the survey.
YES, they wanted to vote because it is their right and their duty to do so. So that they would be able to express their voice. One person said that they did not really want to vote but they heard that there would be a sanction for those who would not come.
For the NO side, the reason can be divided into 3 groups. The first group said that they would not have time for this, they would not be able to do this (because they live abroad), they were not interested in it, or they did not feel concerned, they did not understand the reason of this referendum, it was just nonsense. The second group is people who believed that this referendum was a way to legalize the current regime, and the YES is anyway sure to win. The third group is convinced that the current situation of Madagascar, the political crisis and the social problems are not convenient for an election now and would not bring proper solutions to all the issues.
The second questions were: Would you vote for the Constitutional referendum? Why?
Unfortunately, the only one person who said would vote for the Constitutional referendum did not give more detail about their choice.
Some of the people who said no for the first question still answered this second one restating the same reasons they had mentioned above. Some were against the Constitutional referendum because they were not for Andry Rajoelina’s regime, the HAT government. Some others did not believe in better changes for Madagascar in this new Constitution, some even added that it would just be for the benefit of Andry Rajoelina and it would bring too much power to the existing executive administration. Other people did not agree with some new texts of laws proposed in this Constitution.
Two people said they would make a blank vote because they did not really know what to choose, what this Constitution was about and that they would not want to regret if they would have made the wrong choice.
The third question was: What would you like to say more about this Constitutional referendum?
We received 7 responses to this last question.
1. Citizens should be aware of what the referendum is really about. I wish that they dedicate more budget on information campaigns than propaganda. Would there be transparency and honesty?
2. Those who will not go voting are coward people.
3. This referendum is a waste of time and money.
4. (abusive message)
5. For me it is just for the form but there is no concrete thing in it.
6. I wish that the referendum would be a complete failure.
7. This election will bring positive things.
For the D-day of the Constitutional referendum, the polling stations were calm according to the pics shared by Jentilisa. But on the meantime, we had a controversial news about some rebellious militaries who did a coup attempt reported by Dadandry in the Cyber Observer.