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I have Never Voted in A General Election in Kenya

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I became eligible to vote in 2007 just after my high school. I didn’t vote. I did odd jobs then for about a half of 2007. Later I landed a better job with Steadman, the research firm as a field interviewer. Then I worked for Infortrack research on the Election Day as a field researcher stationed somewhere remote in Kwale County.

It was a better paying job that required me to waive my legal right to vote. I needed the job, so I obliged to do the exit poll. You know there is life after elections.

Then in 2013, I was too busy building a career for myself. I didn’t have time to register as a voter. So I didn’t vote. This was a year after I graduated from college. But before that, there was a wave to change the constitution in 2010. Everyone spoke about the new structure of governance and how it was the best thing for this country. 

I voted to change the constitution in 2010. That’s the only time I remember taking an active role in the country’s affairs. Especially after what happened in 2007/08. Horrible.

All was fine, and I never bothered about politics or any social events that surrounded me. In 2017 I’m in Nairobi. I registered as a voter in Mombasa, Mvita. Sonara social hall. I plan to travel to Mombasa to vote though after seeing the light.

Like me, many young Kenyans tend to so concerned about what the government has done. It is time to start judging the political class of what they have done for the citizenry. Far much frustrating these days is the power of social media. So much unnecessary noise being made about the failure of this country.

The bitter truth is many of the so-called keyboard warriors do not care, and if they do, they care less about voting. They have the right to vote, but they do not exercise it. Some talk too much politics, yet they are not even registered voters.

Those who are registered may not vote since they are miles away from their polling stations. For some, it is not economical to take a bus just go and vote then come back. It is a waste of valuable resource in this capitalistic and competitive country.