Your vote is your voice.
What is Democracy?
Democracy means government of the people, by the people and for the people. A democratic society is a society in which everyone is valued, decisions are based on consultation, leadership is accountable, resources are shared for the common good and rights are protected.
Democracy allows citizens to exercise their rights to freedom of choice, freedom of expression, belief and opinion, freedom of assembly and freedom to vote. These are important rights which must be protected and upheld by the people participating in elections. Elections are, therefore, building blocks of democracy.
By voting, citizens gain control over their lives and what happens in their communities. They have the opportunity to elect candidates who address their interests and concerns and reflect beliefs, values and wishes of the majority of the population. They also have the opportunity to remove from office representatives who have failed to fulfill their expectations. Voting is thus a peaceful way of determining who governs. The decision you make at each election will determine your future and that of your community and your country.
In a democracy, all registered voters have the right to nominate and be nominated as candidates and to vote for a candidate. Women, youths and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged to participate in elections.