Or so goes the story from the New York Times. I have to admit absolutely loving the number of headlines today that appear to mention A Sea Change, not in reference to this blog, but in reference to the Iranian elections that are going on today.
This past year has been full of elections excitement. There were the Canadian general elections back in October that while were not terribly exciting, did lead to unique shifting of alliances in the parliament and some very unprecedented events. But to raise our spirits, there was the Novermber 4th, 2008 US elections which had the air buzzing, graffitti on the wall, and all of us glued to the television here in Montréal (and all the way to Tehran). The outcomes, historic and a true sea change if there ever was one. Then, this year, there was the massive Indian General Election which concluded on May 16th with an incredible 700 million voter turn-out. And on a more local level, a few days ago for the first time in history, the NDP sweeped the votes in Nova Scotia.
Of course, today I am awaiting eagerly to hear the results of this election, as I am sure are million of Iranians and others around the world. We saw the 20 kilometer human-chain in a show of support for the reform Candidate Mousavi on June 8th. I can only imagine the air now must be electric in Tehran…
While cynicism remains strong and every candidate can be criticized and rightfully so, I can’t help but admire those who go to the polls to make a sincere effort towards a better tomorrow. They go with optimism and the hope that promises that have been made will be delivered. Whatever the outcome of this election, with a vote-turnout that is expected to reach into 80% (pretty incredible!), I am most glad that Iranians are so passionate about the opportunity to vote and take their fate into their own hands. I hope the same kind of fervor and call to responsibility is carried on in the post-election era because as it goes… any day without apathy is a good day.
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