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Wednesday, August 02, 2011

'FREE AND FAIR' IN AFRICA

My fellow Africans, it is barely credible that we live on a continent whereby people do not understand the real meaning of a vote...that one vote counts as one voice and a vote represents one's belief that the candidate he or she voted for will be the best choice to govern his or her own country. But in Africa why is it that certain leaders always have to interfere or even rig the results of an election to keep the status quo or continue to have influence in decisions that affect their beloved country after they have left office?

Do we not understand the concept of democracy...an ideology that is best known to be a western value one that Africa has now adopted and Africa is not making the best of its possibilities. Democracy is not a perfect ideology and no given person can say that democratic elections are perfect, but there are certain values that the ideology exudes that gives it a notable standing known as 'Free and Fair.'

However, one may ask who defines 'Free and Fair' is it when a predecessor rigs an election, or when ballot boxes disappear, or when opposition party members are found dead. Can we honestly say that is what we understand as a 'Free and Fair' election in Africa today? When will we understand the meaning of democracy, that it is not a one-man show or one of few acquaintances? It is one that involves every single citizen of a nation to decide who he or she believe would best govern them and lead them in the right direction of economic and social well being.

When are we going to learn that we need 'Free and Fair' elections, that would facilitate a democratic government that will be for the people…after all what is democracy without people. So therefore, I challenge you, my fellow Africans and especially African leaders let it be our generation that change the face of democracy in Africa as one that is known to be 'Free and Fair.'


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