Why Are Elections A Matter Of Life Or Death Affair In Africa?

It is becoming increasingly difficult to understand why elections in Africa, are becoming a do-or-die affair, with the opposition and sometimes parties in power losing elections, crying foul over alleged rigging.

In November 2016, Americans went to the polls and the outcome shook the whole world. Americans elected into office the most hasty, nasty, undignified, crass and clueless man ever to have come out of the ‘so-called’ free world and yet not a single blood was shed.

Two months ago, the British, following the failure of the Prime Minister and his government to prevent the Great Britain from exiting the European Union (EU), stepped down and fresh elections held. There was no cry of voter rigging or tampering.

The French, also held their elections last month; there was a second round of voting, here again after the results were declared, both the victors and the vanquished accepted it as the will of the people.

In Africa, elections have never been free and fair. No matter how transparent and involving the electoral body is, someone will say, he has been cheated.

Before the contest, political parties will all agree to accept the outcome of the result, but to all of them, it is either a win or nothing at all.

The outcome of every election is two, it is either a win or loss, the moment African politicians accept this basic fact, the better we will be at democracy.

Kenyans last week went to the polls to elect new leaders, unconfirmed reports have it that about 100 or more people have lost their lives.

This is unacceptable and must be condemned by all well-meaning Africans. Can’t we at one point in our lives, just behave like normal human beings with fellow feelings.

The people, who unfortunately lost their lives, don’t even have a say in how they are governed.

Why should people hate each other over differences of opinion to the extent of killing one another?

Are we not civilized enough to choose our leaders, must that responsibility be given to God, as we have done in almost everything.

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