Importance of Voting to Democracy

Voting isn’t just important to Democracy.  Voting is Democracy.  You can’t have a successfully run democratic system without the support and votes of the citizens.  The definition of a democracy even has voting in it.  A democracy is a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.  That is what we wanted in the referendum of 14th June 1993. We wanted  multiparty system..  Thousands of people died for our rights, they shed their blood to give us what we have today, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda,Jonh Chilembwe being part of this history,you know the rest.

Voting rights in other countries were only given to the rich land owners, and then it was amended and given to men even if they didn’t own property.  Now women can vote and the voting age is 18.  All these things were done to get more people voting.  These things would never have happened if voting was not important.  2014 election not all of eligible voters voted. Despite registration, some felt it wasn’t necessary to vote,but without the votes of the people our democracy would expire.  It would turn into a country run by the only people,families and special interest groups.  That wouldn’t make people happy.  In fact our government would become a dictatorship rather than a democracy.  Nobody wants to live in a place run where your thoughts and opinions don’t matter.

Voting gives the ability for people to express their opinions about the government.  The power lies in our hands when we vote.  We are given a really great opportunity that many people don’t take advantage of.  We are given the opportunity to change what we don’t like and bring about something you do like.  Every vote reassures our democracy and makes it stronger. We can’t allow for it to weaken and disintegrate.  I bet many people couldn’t even imagine living in a place where the people’s opinion doesn’t matter.  I know I can’t.

Still today only half of all voters take part in voting day.  Many people are angry with the government and don’t care to vote.  Others despise the candidates or don’t believe their vote counts, and don’t have interest in the issues that are up for vote.  No matter what their reasons are they need to vote.  You can’t bicker about the government when you don’t go out and vote and try and change what you are angry about.  It’s you right as a Malawian and it should be taken advantage of.

Is there any way to get more people to vote?  I think we should do something to get more people voting.  We should make it a law.  We wouldn’t have a problem then.  Every one would vote.  If they didn’t they would get in trouble.  We could also give benefits to the people who do vote. .  There could  be a better representation of things.  Give more of a broad spectrum of different parties for people to be represented by.  That could allow for people to feel like they are represented more accurately and maybe get people more excited to vote.

Democracy is not possible without the peoples’ vote.  It  has been important since our government was founded and it always will be, as long as people do their duty by taking part in the single and easy process of registering to vote and voting.

Malawi will be voting next year 2019.i feel it is our responsibility to put in power the people who will represent us and have the best interest of this country at heart.

As we approach this period i ask NGOs and donor community for civic education to avoid null votes.Lets Register in Numbers and Vote in Numbers.

Those campaigning do this  PEACEFULLY

Let our Vote speak!

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