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The Kenya Presidential Debate 2017 Helped me Decide

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The Kenya Presidential Debate 2017 went on as scheduled despite the president Uhuru Kenyatta decision not to attend. Earlier in June, I didn’t know who to vote for.  I have always looked forward to this moment when I am sure that I need to vote. The Kenya presidential debate 2017 was a success. However, organisers should have done more.

For a very long time, I had been an undecided voter. I didn’t approve of the gimmicks and dancing of our political leaders in across the country in rallies that were full of unnecessary cheering and noise making. I never attended those rallies.

When I heard of the debates I looked forward to the debate to help me decide who to vote for. I am now decided. Why did president Uhuru Kenyatta turn down the golden opportunity to convince me and others like me?

I became eligible to vote in 2007 just after my high school. I didn’t vote. I was always held up in odd jobs, always too busy to register as a voter, for about a half of 2007. Then I landed a better job with Steadman, the research firm as a field interviewer. 

Then worked I for Infotrac 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 literally didn’t have time to register as a voter. So I didn’t vote. This was a year after I graduated from college. 

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. I plan to travel to Mombasa, thanks to its now a four-hour journey to vote for the opposition since the president decided he didn’t want my vote.

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 tantalising 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 worriers 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. 

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

Kenya struggles with unemployment and voters shift between cities within very short spans. In 3 to 6 months people relocate. There is a need for a faster evolution of the voting process to allow eligible voters to vote from any location.