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Spoiling your ballot will help nobody

2014-05-07 09:54

South Africans go into the general elections with a lot of frustration. The question on majority of SA voters is who to vote for. With this article I will attempt to convince voters not to spoil their ballots because there is another way of handling this issue.

Firstly, as a country we know that politicians are strategic liars who aim to build number 1 first (to avoid confusion I don’t mean Zuma but themselves as politicians), and then they will look at the South African Citizen second. All politicians try to sell the same dreams to the South African public.
As a country we should look at this from a different angle. Most political parties who are small tend to work really hard to not sell dreams in an attempt to generate some publicity for themselves and in the process get more votes. This could be a step in the right direction for South African politics.

Seats in parliament are very important in the growth of our now “young-adult” democracy. Majority of the seats in parliament are occupied by the ruling party currently and this means that decisions can be swayed in their favour.
What voting for the minor parties can do is that the weight of power can be distributed to more people with different ideas. An important fact that cannot be left out is that we also need to know what that particular party stands for. We cannot be voting for a party that has nothing to do with our individual ideals and standards. Smaller parties will be able to provide that by having a platform where the real burning issues can be brought up to be discussed. Not saying that issues will be addressed but there will be progress because questions are asked.

Imagine a South Africa that actually debates real issues in parliament because of the interest the rest of the country has taken to ensure that we have as many ideologies as possible that actually cater to the masses. That is a South Africa that is alive with possibility, a South Africa that truly reflects a rainbow nation. My vote is not my secret.

I am voting for a progressive South Africa! Viva South Africa Viva!

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