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.