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Did the debates inform the voter?

28 February 2013, 14:16 Paul Orodi

A first for Kenya and the whole continent at large, never has a presidential debate been carried out before.

It was a great event that was aired live on all national television channels and almost radio stations. Presidential candidates were put to task to explain various issues and articulate matters that are of concern to the entire country.

The whole objective of the debate was borrowed from countries like USA, France and Britain where candidates are grilled in front of the entire nation.

Although it was majorly conducted in English, it was informative and very useful to the citizenry of this great republic.

However, the question still remains; did it aid the voters in making an informed decision come March 4?

Personally I cannot answer that question since it is subject to an analysis of the voters as a group. The main objective was supposed to be that the voters are informed on a broad perspective of who is running for the top office.

Various media houses have been continuously conducting debates for different elective posts in different areas of the country.

With such kind of debates, every voter is expected to have been informed to a certain extent on who is best suited to govern their resources and make laws.

Nevertheless, this factor is subject to various circumstances like; how well did the voters discern manifestos, to what extent did the voters watch these debates and how well were the questions constructed to bring out the true picture of the best suited leader?

These and many more questions need to be answered in order to reveal how well the voters are informed.

It is up to the voter

As we head to the ballot, it is important to note that as voters we need to choose leaders wisely. There will be no chance for us to start crying foul a year or two into new administration because this time round, we have had the privilege of watching and listening to our candidates of various elective posts via televised media and radio stations.

It is up to us to make decisions based not on tribe or religion or colour but rather, on who has the best policies and strategies for the county ward, constituency, county government and the nation as a whole.

The candidates get along so should we

Another very clear feature that was brought alive by the debates is that leaders are basically peaceful people who are seeking employment from us so that they can serve us. They have no fighting spirit or the urge of physically harming each other to ensure their opponents don’t triumph.

Therefore, we as voters should respect one another’s right and freedom to participate in a democratic process of electing their favorite leaders. Respect for law is a very critical thing when it comes to nation building.

With days to the election d-day, campaigns are heated. Every candidate wants to be the winner come March 5.

Our role is to go out and exercise our democratic right to vote.

Young or old, come out in numbers to ensure you get an indelible marker’s ink from the polling station in which you registered at. Above all lets maintain peace and make decisions that reflect our dreams for the future.      

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