Over the past few months in preparations for the general elections, political parties have been hard at work trying to draw in voter support. They have been all over the country, holding rallies at stadiums, visiting communities, presenting their manifestos and believe it or not, cold calling was on the cards as well.
I remember sometime mid-April while I was waiting for an important call from Pretoria, my phone rang and I literally lunged to it only to be told about what I assume was a pitch from one of the political parties. I would have listened to the whole thing but unfortunately I could not understand a single thing. The whole recording was in Afrikaans which kind of defeated the purpose wooing me as a voter or attempting to sway my vote in their favour.
More than 700 000 people are expected to be casting their votes tomorrow – 8th of May 2019. But the real question is, how many will be actually casting their votes?
It is unfortunate that there have been reports about incidents where citizens have intentionally disrupted the special vote proceedings in some areas by prohibiting the IEC officials from doing their job and subsequently destroying ballot papers.
I do understand that some people will be boycotting the elections – of which is within their rights, but preventing other people who wants to exercise their rights from doing so, is something that should never be accepted. We all have different views about the ruling and opposing parties, hence democracy, the freedom to elect a party that one feels will best represent and service them.
There are 48 political parties contesting the 2019 SA general elections. South Africans are definitely spoilt for choice. I’m hoping that South Africans make informed decisions tomorrow.
I remember when I voted for the first time, I was so excited about voting and did not really take my time to review all manifestos before deciding on one party to vote for. I just went there for the sake of voting.
That was a bad decision on my part, I made sure to rectify that this year – lesson learnt.
With all that said, I do hope everything is systems go for tomorrow.
Here to a better South Africa 🇿🇦❌🇿🇦