Abstentionists

Abstentionists

 

boycottists advocates of boycotting parliamentary elections. The name was attached in 1919–20 to a portion of the leftist elements of the Italian Socialist Party who sharply criticized the parliamentary corruption of the Socialist Party. A. Bordiga was the leader of the abstentionists. They demanded the immediate expulsion of the reformists from the party; this was the positive aspect of their activity. However, their refusal to participate in parliamentary elections and thir failure to understand the importance of other legal forms of the working classes’ struggle reflected their sectarian orientations. The tactics of the abstentionists endangered the workers’ movement and were profoundly criticized by V. I. Lenin in his work Left-wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder (1920).

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"We are abstentionists, we are Irish republicans, we believe, as the nationalist people of this island believe, our decisions are best taken here in our democratic institutions on this island."
Thus, with the application of this analytical resource, the concentration of abstention in the electoral districts was identified as follows: in Group A, there is district xii, which represents a political-electoral area with a historical presence of abstention and with a markedly growing trend towards this phenomenon; in Group B the electoral districts XI, XIII and XVI are included, characterized by their stability in the pattern of constant abstentionists, which is maintained with not so substantial increases; finally, in Group C, there are districts VIII, IX and X, distinguished by the cyclical emergency (in the last election of 2013) of a high abstention index, despite having been districts with a relatively high electoral participation compared to the other elections.
'We feel very disappointed and disgusted that the process of electing a minority leader has been bastardized because the minority leader has been chosen by a renegade group of abstentionists, who are not even members of the minority.
Harm reductionists, on the one hand, who promote harm reduction rather than drug reduction and, on the other hand, what has been referred to as the New Abstentionists, who are concerned that drug treatment has moved too far away from the goal of abstinence.
Khatami's endorsement also gave birth to an online movement, with social networkers urging abstentionists not to waste their votes this time around.
Khatami's endorsement of Rowhani for president gave birth to an online movement, with social networkers urging abstentionists not to waste their votes.
For both reformists and conservatives, the key on Friday will be to mobilise abstentionists who demonstrated against Ahmadinejad's re-election in 2009, alleging massive electoral fraud.
(121) This compromise, seemingly giving "abstentionists" more power to block CFSP decisions in return for the possibility of majority or qualified-majority voting on some issues, is indicative of the Union's muddled priorities when it comes to CFSP decision-making.
The five nonshows, among them Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, collected pounds 663,000 between them last year in expenses they raked up as "active abstentionists".
We became abstemious and transcendental abstentionists. (5) But although I was sincere, and I wanted to be productive, and I duly played with all my cards on the table, I can see now that we were quite irrelevant.