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.'
Article by DoctorBlog
DISCUSSION BOARD DISCLAIMER
We at African Development by Africans welcome you to join our discussion board
by posting your comments. However, you may not post any unlawful, defamatory, libelous, threatening, obscene, pornographic,
or other material that would violate the law. All comments should be relevant to the discussion, as well as respectful of
other authors and commenters. African Development by Africans has the right to edit, remove, and/or reuse your comments
elsewhere on our site.
|Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Number of Registered Members:
We ask you to join this database, so that NEPAD and other developmental programmes can consult with both African
and non-African professionals to help with the development of Africa. NEPAD is a new framework that we as Africans have to embrace
and make our own in order to improve our continent's place on the world stage.
Please note that your information will remain in
our secure database until programs and organizations contact us seeking professional support. When such programs contact us,
we will query our database to find the most suitable candidates for those programs, and then we will contact those professionals
to inform them of the consulting opportunities.
"It is time we put African development into the hands of Africans themselves."
Become a Member of AfricanDev on Facebook
If you want to know more about NEPAD please visit their website: Click Here
Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in advertising with us.