October 7 elections, a historical event of a momentous nature in the North African region, destabilizes the propaganda of the marginalization of the Sahrawi people in Morocco.
A few days before the voting day kicked off in Morocco, member of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs (CORCAS), Ahmad Lakhrif, told the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations that the fact of several Sahrawis registering to vote is an “irrefutable proof” of their commitment to Morocco’s territorial integrity.
Forecasting what was yet to come soon, he added: “The fact that Sahrawis participated, of their own accord, in the ballot is a proof of the genuine commitment of the Sahrawi folks to the establishment of powerful national institutions.”
Sahrawi’s participation in Morocco’s 10th parliamentary elections has reportedly seen a remarkable leap compared to previous election events.
Data released by the Alaraby al-Jadeed newspaper found out that turnout in the Sahara provinces has gone up as high as 42%. In some of the Sahrawi polling centers voter turnout has reportedly reached 72% and 68% in others—percentages that were not recorded elsewhere in the Kingdom.
Over recent years, Sahrawi’s political awareness has been nurtured by political forums and campaigns staged on the field by political parties and government officials in an attempt to boost voter turnout both in parliamentary and local elections. Despite their controversial efficiency, such attempts have been read as a proof of Morocco’s serious intent to engage the Sharawis in national politics.
As maintained by a plethora of observers, over the course of electoral events in Morocco, descendants of Sahrawi tribes have not only been the ones to run the race on a sequential basis but also the ones who end up winning.
When Morocco becomes a place where the northerners and the southerners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood, only then will it be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.