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7 Reasons You Should Vote Even If You Don’t Feel It’s Change.

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Am proud to announce that this time round Kenya have turned out in good numbers to vote. This depicts some kind of progress and maturity in our country Kenya. But what what of those who are still a home sitting comfortably waiting for the results too, i will first say shame on them. In this post i’ll be telling you the reasons why you should vote and what changes has voting made since we started voting as citizens of this great country Kenya. So without wasting time let’s see what has voting changed;

IF VOTING DIDN’T CHANGE ANYTHING;

WE’D STILL HAVE;-

  1. No Women’s Rights
  2. No public schools
  3. Civil Rights Acts
  4. Social Security
  5. Medicare and Medicaid
  6. Food Assistance
  7. Minimum Wage 
  8. Workers Compensation
  9. Environmental Laws
  10. Consumer Protections
  11. Right to Health Insurance and much more

7 Reasons You Should Vote Even If You Don’t Feel It’s Change.

1. You Have The Power To Create Change.

Voting is good make it like a primary need because it gives you the power to decide how Kenya is or will be run. If you have a complaint about the way the country is being governed, voting is a simple way you can make a change. You can choose a candidate or leader to suit to your views and they can represent your views at a national and local level. It’s not the only way to participate but it’s the best, quickest, democratic and easiest way!

2. Elect politicians or Leaders working for young adults.

It is an unlucky truth that all politicians will sometimes look at voters turn out before making key policy decisions. If a certain population turnout is high then they may be more likely to make policy or decisions that benefits that demographic in order to please them and subsequently win their votes from other parties or retain their support.

Did you know? According to the surveys in Kenya 2007, their were more percentage turn out of the old or more mature people than the youths.

3. Voting is crucial even when thinking your candidate will not win.

Living in a good environment or condition doesn’t mean your vote won’t make a difference. Most constituencies in the world like that of Crewe & Nantwich was a safe seat for over 25 years until 2008. If everyone just ‘gives up’ change will never be evitable.

Also supporting other candidates means that they won’t lose their deposit or campaign money (the money they put down to appear on the ballot paper, which they will lose if they don’t receive enough votes) and can continue to fight elections in your area.

Furthermore, the electoral system will never change to benefit third parties if only voters for the main parties turn out to vote, if you want to see a change then you must show that there is demand for other parties to be represented. So be the first change, change your attitude and go vote.

4. Most Parties have campaigned to give you the right to vote.

Many campaigners within movements, such as the youth-led movements, even gave their lives, some say it is disrespectful to them to waste your vote. Kenya has seen a number of campaigns to spread voting rights over its history. 

5. MPs, Governors, MCA’s e.t.c represent your local area in parliament and solve issues for local people.

Voting enables you to help decide who represents your local area in parliament, it’s their job to raise local issues and support you as much as they can. Well if you don’t vote that’s why we find those leaders who wouldn’t understand your situations, simply because you didn’t go to vote otherwise. If your right choice won the seat you can go to them and ask for advice on certain issues or ask them to promote an issue in parliament.

By voting you can select the person you want to represent you and help them keep their job, or by voting for other candidates you can help remove an incumbent

6. Voting depicts support for Electoral Reform a democratic Kenya.

The Electoral System we have will never change if you don’t speak out. A democratic Kenya will not be evident if you don’t go to vote. There has been many calls to change the first past the post electoral system to a proportional one. If you would like to see this change it is important to prove that smaller parties have the support, this will give them mandate to call for reform in our country.

 

7. Something I Slightly agree with; You can leave your ballot blank if you do not agree with any of the political parties.

Of course, it is better to be their and counted than not to. If you don’t feel aligned to any of the political parties, or the leaders at the time then there is Blank Voting. Staying at home just makes you another statistic, it is presumed you are just uninterested, by actively going to the polling station and not selecting any candidate before submitting to the ballot box, you become a voice for the disengaged. Blank Votes and Spoiled Ballots are read out at the count, along with the results and are also included in subsequent reports. Your apathy towards the political parties will be heard not just forgotten. But hear I would advice you to have supported a maybe small political party you felt could have your choice or views right from the campaigning time.

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Sir Daniel Omondi Is an Entrepreneur | Web/Blog Designer | Passionate Blogger in Personal Development, Politics and Entertainment | Passionate Deejay. Am competing with my best abilities; So should you. In determining your talent(s) you have to have a vast variety of abilities.

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