Are you registered as a voter? Top 6 Reasons why you Should
The first phase of Mass Voter Registration failed to reach the desired result of four million new voters and only managed to register 1,428,046 which represented 34 percent of its national target. The second phase of Mass Voter Registration just kicked off and most Kenyans who did not register during the first phase which ran from 15th Feb, 2016 to March 15th, 2016 now have an opportunity to register. But how important is it for every person who has attained the age of majority to register? Here are 5 reasons why you should not be left out during this voter registration:
- It gives you an opportunity to Vote
In order to vote, you must be a registered voter. Failing to register as a voter simply means you cannot vote. Your details need to be captured in the electoral register to be considered a voter and only then can you participate in the general or by-elections.
- It allows you to vie for Electoral Office
One of the qualifications for vying for electoral office is being a registered voter.If you have political ambitions, you need to register and participate in political party activities, if you are do not plan to vie as an independent candidate, to increase your chances of getting a party nomination.
- It enables you safeguard the Rights and Freedoms
The core of a democracy is the right to vote. This makes voting one of the fundamental rights and freedoms in the Constitution of Kenya. However, this right would be meaningless if citizens who are of age fail to register as voters because they would not be in a position to exercise their democratic right.
- It gives Legitimacy to Leaders
Voting allows people to elect their leaders. By doing so, voters consent to be led by whoever they have chosen. In the process, they also reject those who they feel do not sufficiently represent their interests. This is why by not voting, a citizens is seen to be voting in bad leaders.
- It gives you the Right to Nominate Candidates
Candidates who ultimately appear on ballot papers are nominated by members of political parties. To be a member of a political party, you need to be a registered voter so that you can add value and strengthen the political. Party members members can only participate in the nomination process when they are registered voters.
- It gives you a Voice
Registering as voters gives citizens a voice on important issues that affects. For instance, during the 2010 referendum, only Kenyans who had registered as voters got to vote for or against the proposed constitution. It also gives citizens the right and authority to hold elected leaders to account.
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