COLUMN: Let your vote be your voice

2016-08-02 06:00

Thousands of people will be heading to their local voting stations tomorrow (Wednesday) to make their cross in the local government elections, voting for officials who have vowed to make a change in their communites.

Some are excited; they know who they are voting for.

But to others, such days bring about much confusion and indecisiveness, especially when so many others are trying to influence their decision on whom to vote for.

Over the past months we’ve been bombarded with promises and ploys from political leaders on why you have to vote for their parties so that they lead.

We’ve been invited to public meetings that turned out to be political rallies, we’ve heard how one party can fix your municipal problems within a week, how another party has been “blessed by God” and independent candidates have been indorsed by their local organisations.

In the end only you can decide where to make your X on the ballot.

Don’t allow anyone to dictate to you on who to vote for.

Forget about the politics and think about your community.

Think about the change that you want to see.

Think about the progress you dream of and vote for the ward candidate you believe has the same goals as you for your area.

That X must be a turning point, a right step into the right direction – not because a friend said so, but because it is what you believe in.

Don’t let past loyalty, the majority, or – in some cases – the call to vote for the next best thing against the majority, influence your voice.

Vote for the person whom you feel will not forget about you and the promises they have made.

Stop and think before you put that X on the ballot paper.

Let it be your choice, your voice.

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