One before and one after

The recent regional elections have become a kind of crucial event, a critical point, a decisive juncture for the country and for the political forces in conflict.

The main protagonist of the day has been abstention, since four out of ten people voted, in elections where, in a situation of multidimensional crisis, we had the opportunity to elect authorities that are closer to the citizenry, their needs, critics and demands. At this juncture, the regional governments constitute an important political event, an expression of the critical exercise of citizen power and, very especially, a historical milestone loaded with democratic significance. The electoral results urge the political leadership to make a deep reading that transcends the numerical plane. Even though we are a presidential country, there is no doubt that the elections no longer summon us as before. Have they lost their democratic meaning and political participation? Critical and free exercise? Is it a temporary situation? Does it represent a rejection of political leadership? Is it related to multidimensional crisis management? With the political management of the process of dialogue and political agreements? And to close, are we entering a process of generalized political disaffection?

In our last article, we raised the need to explore and evaluate some political and psychosocial dimensions of abstentionism that inhibit political participation, distance and limit citizen control of both institutions and politicians. A phenomenon that undoubtedly affects the quality of democracy, with the consequences that we are already experiencing and suffering. It is possible that we are suffering a process of political and institutional disaffection, which is expressed in the detachment, disinterest and estrangement of citizens with respect to the political system and, therefore, from the electoral processes.

Finally, we agree with the call to engage in politics, but not from triumphalism or from the defeat or annulment of the other, the enemy. Make politics from the recognition, conciliation, dialogue, negotiation and mutual respect.

This requires a committed citizenry that does not question the legitimacy of democracy.

@maryclens

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