With the election right around the corner on Saturday, February 16th. You may find yourself asking the question, what can I do to be safe? How can you cast your vote for the candidate you think best represents your beliefs without any violence?
Electoral violence is a sub-category of political violence, which deserves special consideration from the policy Community. Indeed due to the devastating effects of the outbreak of violence during the election. The notion of violence-free elections is encapsulated in the term free and fair elections, serving as a benchmark for determining the legitimacy of elections.
On the fixed day of the election, people come to the polling units to cast their votes for the candidates of their choice and it is rather unfortunate that during this periods some citizens are ready to die for their candidates without caring about the lives of others as well as properties. We all have a role to play on keeping safe during periods as this.
Here are some tips:
Do Not Argue about Politics in Public: If you belong to a particular political party and there is an argument about another political party, then it is important that you do not dabble into the argument that may warrant a fight.
Try to be attentive to News: One of the ways to be security conscious during election time is to always stay abreast with issues by being attentive to the various news media. The social media is a useful tool with the ease of most smart phones to connect on facebook, twitter and blogs.
Don’t Move About with Huge Cash: If you have plans to move around with
Don’t be a Victim of Vote Contracting: There may be some individuals with devious intentions of buying people’s vote with certain amounts of money. This is to sway your decision in favour of a specific candidate with cash and this act could criminate someone because it is clearly vote bribery.