Voices from Rabat

Residents of Morocco’s capital give their views on the upcoming polls.

Moroccans will head to polling stations on September 7 to choose new representatives in parliament.

Al Jazeera took to the streets of Rabat, Morocco’s capital, to find out how they felt about the election and the political parties in the running.

Abdel Rahman 54, employee

“I will not vote because nobody deserves my trust. Candidates with big smiles that we see these days, show up in our districts only during electoral campaigns.

“The ones who won in previous elections, we never see them afterwards except in national televisions in chic suits and ties.

“For me most of the candidates are liars and try to make it to the parliament to get richer and more powerful, while their promises to us go with the wind once the elections are over.”

Nadia, 23, Secretary

“I am not voting. I know that voting is my duty as citizen but I have lost confidence in our political parties and candidates, who shelve their programmes and promises once they win.

“There are a lot of parties with different names, ideologies and slogans. But for me they are all hopeless case.

“I do not know the exact number of Moroccan political parties. Actually I know only four political parties by name.”
Mustafa, 24, student

“Yes I will vote for a lady from Justice and Development Party. I trust candidates of this party because they are honest with no record of misuse of power or corruption.

“I do not know what the party is trying to sell to people, but I know that the person I will vote for is honest and deserves my trust and confidence.

“I think it’s time for Islamists to be given a chance to rule. Other progressive parties were given chances before and formed among themselves previous governments but they all failed.”

Sanaa, 28, insurance officeholder

“I will not vote. I voted for The Socialist Union of Popular Forces in 2002 but this year I am not voting because I see no improvement since the previous electoral year. For me there is no left, right or central party.

“I have lost trust in socialist, liberal or progressive parties and I am left with one option, which is to vote for Islamists.

“But I am not voting for Islamists because I fear that they may have a hidden agenda that will take Morocco back to old ages.”

Abdel Kader, 75, watchman

“I do not know what voting and what elections mean and who the candidates are. Nobody asked me or told me anything.

“I have never been to school and I do not understand why some people rally in streets these days and what they are saying.

“A man in my age is considered expired and a burden on society, so why should I bother to vote.”

Saleh, 38, taxi driver

“Of course I will vote. It’s my duty as Moroccan citizen to choose the perfect person that can represent me and defend my rights.

“I am working on the creation of taxi drivers association in Rabat and I will vote for any party that can help me in realizing my objective.

“Ideologies of political parties do not tell me much as long as I am sure that the person whom I give my vote will serve my interests if elected.”

Source: Al Jazeera

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