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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Elections Belong To The People

Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Dear friends,

I choose to start this letter/post/entry with a quote from one of the fathers of the United States of America. Lincoln was a champion of human liberty and I believe he had a deep respect for the people who brought him to the White House, his goal being reuniting the people/the nation. He helped abolish slavery and I truly believe that he did care for the people. Maybe that is why the Americans see him still as one of the top 3 presidents of the USA.
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Romania is facing presidential elections. The election will be held in two rounds, on 2 and 16 November, as decided by the government in February. Right now we still have as president Traian Basescu. The last presidential election was held in 2009 and he was sworn in for his second term on 21 December 2009. He is ineligible for a third term according to the Constitution. There are only 9 days left until the campaign stops. On the 2nd of November, between 7 a.m.–9 p.m., the first round of the presidential election is scheduled to be held. Over 18.3 million people in the country and 530,000 Romanians abroad are expected to go to the polls - that means me as well...
A few weeks back one of my Romanian expat friends, living here in Krakow, told me that for the first time there will be a chance to actually vote in Krakow and not go all the way up to Warsaw. The Romanian Embassy and Consulate is in Warsaw, on Chopin street, and I am very familiar with it as I needed to do all the paper for the marriage there + my new passport. I was thinking that is quite a road and I was not sure if I could make it, but now I am 100% sure that on the 2nd of November I will be saying #yeslavot - that is a small wordplay :) Romanian lads/lasses will get it for sure :)
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I must admit that this time Romanian people in Poland that wish to vote have more options. Here are 3 places where they can speak up their mind and make their vote count:
  • Secția de votare nr. 193 VARŞOVIA – Ul. F. Chopina nr. 10, 00-559 (Ambasadă) - for Warsaw
  • Secția de votare nr. 194 CRACOVIA – Ul. RAJSKA nr.1, 31-124 (Biblioteca Voievodală) - for Krakow
  • Secția de votare nr. 195 POZNAN – Al. Niepodległości nr.16/18, 61-713 (Oficiul Voievodal) - for Poznan.
For more details you can always go here: http://www.mae.ro/prezidentiale-2014 
Being proactive, as usual, I wanted to let my friends know so I even created an open event, so if you wish to have a reminder ringing on your phone/pc, you can always join the event HERE.
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As you know, every election is determined by the people who show up. We somehow have a thing about not attending meetings/gatherings and then complaining about the decisions made while we were not there. Well, the simple act of coming to the vote means a whole lot. You may not like any of the people on the list, you may not know them well or even heard of them, you may believe they are lunatic and they should not even be public. That does not matter! What matters is that you can choose - even if that means choosing the lesser evil. Is it better that the worst evil would win if you will not participate? If more people would actually come to the vote and choose the lesser evil maybe the world would be a bit better. We all know that votes can be manipulated and your vote can be used by a different person - been there, seen that happening in my country and it's no news! Is it not better just to go there for 15 minutes, maybe just have a long walk in the city and do a good deed? Your inner self will thank you and you will feel at peace with doing your moral and civil duty. Worst case scenario: you can always reject the vote and stamp your way through that paper, as long as you use your ID/passport and vote! So... Remember, remember the 2nd of November :) Be there or be square!

Yours truly,
A LadyBug Who Will Vote