Your vote, your voice, your responsibility


As 8 May approaches, political leaders have been rallying back and forth across provinces, making incredible promises and exposing the rot at the heart of each other’s conduct. This explicitly conveys the boundless importance of an election, where everyone eligible should participate, and voting is the most fundamental part of that effort.

8 May is a day to appreciate democracy and show how much you cherish the lives of future generations. Using a simple X, you will be able to say no to misgovernance, make sure office bearers who nap at the wheel are sent packing and determine what should be legalised or prohibited.

It’s a day to set precedents for your children, well enough to show how much you love them. Whatever party you will vote for, the good news is we are all brought together by the umbilical desire tohave a better tomorrow, thus polit-ical differences aren’t big enough acause for violence and hatred.

Its regretful how often our parliament looks like a fight club, with debates accompanied by verbal grenades and hate speeches. But your duty as a citizen is to disallow such demeaning behav- iour to cascade down into society.

Sadly, every election has had people who bypass the opportunity to vote. They forget that the taxes they pay, the price of bread and their children’s future need that vote just like every one of us needs air to breath. If you don’t bother to vote, you are submitting yourself to be governed by irresponsible authorities, dictators, people who are worse than you or your inferiors. You are also counting yourself out of society politically, educa- tionally and otherwise.

The funny fact is that politics will never cease affecting you. Some argue that one vote counts only to an infinitesimal degree, which I find to be a bald-faced lie.Maybe it’s because they have never tasted the dark side of political non-participation or illiteracy.

It’s noteworthy that Thomas Jefferson, well known for declaring equality among all men in the 17th century, was elected as US president by just one House Representative vote following a tie in the electoral college.

It’s also essential to educate yourself about the candidates and learn what they have in store for the nation. It helps in informing your decision because your vote is like a GPS application, if you don’t know how to use it or where you are going, it takes you nowhere. It has long been said that the ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the vision of us all.

Compounding this problem are biased news sources and media threatening our right to stay informed. I therefore admonish you to not get overwhelmed by the same sources of information as you prepare for the elections.

Otherwise, misinformation will make you vote against your interests, sleepwalk into poverty, inflation or even war. There is a trending belief that we are a “too cool to care” generation whose political unawareness will lead to the destruction of democracy.

8 May is a day to prove this claim wrong, and I wish the best for everyone who registered to vote. And regardless of the election’s outcome, the idea that one man can change the world needs to be immortalised.

*Dan-Angelus is a BCom (Actuari- al Science) student as well as a Hel- shoogte resident.

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