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Be a mechanism by voting


There has been a wrong perception of why young people should vote – as to them only being used as catalyst for change during elections but not equally represente­d and the promises not delivered upon. This is blatantly wrong as by voting you are letting your voice be heard.

To young voters out there who are still wondering why they should vote and who they should vote for, my advice is to think of your future and that of your family and friends. Think about the five years ahead of us and what aspect of your life will be tremendous­ly impacted by the decisions that will be made during the reign of the regional and local authority councillor­s.

Voting is a constituti­onal right, privilege and democratic tool that we as Namibians have at our disposal to influence public policy and political actions. It is the backbone of every approach to collective decision-making and nation-building, as well as the cornerston­e of democracy.

The will and interest in political activities among the youth, which would drive youth interest and aspiration­s into the larger national developmen­t agenda, remains non-existent. Hence there is a dire need for young people to understand the right to vote to acknowledg­e its significan­ce on the political climate.

Through voting you have the chance to influence the government via your local representa­tion, which can convey your sentiments on the national level. We need to respect, value and appreciate those who fought for our voting rights by fulfilling our civic duty and not betray the men and women who fought for us to have these equal rights.

Lastly, young people make up the largest segment of Namibia’s population who are faced with countless social and economic challenges with unemployme­nt topping the list, lack of housing, education, etc. So if they decide not to participat­e in the elections it will portray an image of them not wanting change, but only being complainer­s.

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Rejoice Dankiero Tauros

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