Saturday, 8 February 2014

Some Reasons for the Youth to Vote

The countdown is on, come 20 May 2014 young people will have a chance to have a say through the secret ballot. When I say ‘Young people’, I mean young adults who are at least 18 years of age and above. It is a matter of national importance and their future also depends on their exercising the right to vote. Since their future is automatically at stake, they need to step in and make the decision that will shape it.

As young people, your vote will secure your safety and it is true that different leaders have different ideas in terms of how they look at us. It is time to vote for leaders who you feel will protect your life and civil rights.

Voting gives you the power to contribute and to have a say on who will be the next most powerful leaders in this country. It is one of the most effective ways where by your choice is respected.

 In some cases, the youth shun away from voting as they erroneously believe that their vote won’t count. The end result is that over half of the youth who are of the voting age do not vote. Thus, hundreds of thousands of voters whose individual secret ballots could have made a difference are simply nowhere to make an impact.

Young people really need to reconsider their participation in electoral processes. What will happen to our hard earned democracy if we all shy away from voting?

Let us hope that the youth will know that a lot is at stake in their and the next generations’ future. 

YONECO encourages you- the youth- to have your say through the ballot on 20 May, 2014.


chimwemwe said...

we really need to say it out by casting our votes.thanks for giving us the reasons why we should vote.

james chirwa said...

its time to show that change we can as future leaders,we need to choose
people who can involve us the youth in developmental programs not
those who just use us as political violence tools.

Charles Banda said...

Young people constitute over 70% of the total population. The exercise of their right to vote is of paramount importance as majority are not employed. The need to vote based on issues aspiring candidates will address once voted into power must be emphasized. Young people must clearly indicate who them will vote for and what he/she must address that will change the welfare of young people. The May 20, 2014 Tripartite Elections gives the youth a rare opportunity to demand what they want their future to be like.

Anonymous said...

thanks for your comments dear readers.

Donnie said...

Well, I agree. In addition, we need to vote for somebody not because of the region where he is coming from but for what he stands for in terms of youth development.....we don't want politicians here, we need mature democracy....

Hughes Tawanda said...

Interesting colleagues. I have since realized that Youth Participation goes beyond painting ourselves and giving morale to the aspirant candidates.

Youths in Malawi, I strongly believe become of age through the level of analysis on the current political developments unfolding towards the roadmap.

My apeal is "Lets say NO to Political motivated violence"