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    Chitungwiza Community Development Network
    February 27, 2013

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    Zim’s future lies in peaceful election participation

    An election is a formal decision-making process by which the general populace select individuals to hold public office. Thus representative democracy gives the elected people the authority to make decisions on behalf of the populace. As such, it is of paramount importance that citizens participate in elections as they directly and indirectly affect their lives.

    Elections give citizens the opportunity to appoint, remove or re-appoint the leadership, mainly by voting. Everyone has a fundamental entitlement to a voice in choosing people who will represent them, hence the need to exercise the right and make informed choices. This can be at local, regional or even national level.

    However participating in the elections involves much more than just voting. It also entails registering as a voter, candidate and campaigning as well. Nothing can stop one to be a councillor, legislator, and even a president, all of whom are involved in the formulation and implementation of government policies.

    As such free and fair elections represent citizens with peaceful opportunities to choose their leadership and be leaders as well.

    You do not have to be caught on the wrong side of always attacking whoever is elected when you are not even a member of the electorate. It does not need one to be rich, have a business or to be educated in order to participate in an election.

    All it needs is to have a national identity card. If you are eighteen years and above, find time to visit the registrar general’s offices together with your national identity card, proof of residence and be a registered voter!

    They are no special people chosen to participate in elections. It is every-one’s right as it concerns everyone. People have the power to build or destroy.

    Being ignorant to elections is negatively utilizing your strength to destroy whereas taking a desirable decision to participate enhances the socio-economic and political development of our beloved motherland, Zimbabwe.

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