Fine con­sti­tu­tion means noth­ing if peo­ple in the dark

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

While all the at­ten­tion about next year has been trained on the re­con­sti­tu­tion of the IEBC, the need to con­duct se­ri­ous civic ed­u­ca­tion on elec­toral and mul­ti­party democ­racy is­sues seems to have been for­got­ten. This is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the low un­der­stand­ing of rep­re­sen­ta­tive democ­racy, and its reper­cus­sions on jus­tice, rule of law and re­spect for the en­vi­ron­ment among Kenyans, and the re­spon­si­ble agen­cies. It fol­lows then that the masses do not un­der­stand the im­por­tance of their de­ci­sion at the bal­lot, whether as vot­ers or can­di­dates and the im­pli­ca­tions of ab­stain­ing from this process. We can have the best con­sti­tu­tion in the world, the best laid out plans and world-class in­sti­tu­tions but when the peo­ple re­main in the dark in civics, the fu­ture and devel­op­ment of our democ­racy re­mains omi­nous. The type of lead­ers we elect de­ter­mine the qual­ity of lead­er­ship we have.

FELIX ONYIEGO Kisii county

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