ADVICE on HOW to CONDUCT a PEACEFUL ELECTION

ADVICE on HOW to CONDUCT a PEACEFUL ELECTION

A peaceful election will result in a smooth transition of power. On the other hand, a violent poll will lead to property destruction, injuries, and death, among others. Taking measures to ensure a smooth transition of power, therefore, will avoid the latter. Relevant parties should think about efforts early enough to test whether it is possible to implement them or not.

How beneficial is a peaceful election

A Kenyan Voter Doing the Exercise
A Kenyan Voter Doing the Exercise

A peaceful election will mean that no changes will mean that everything remains unchanged once the results are announced. For instance, people will conduct their businesses without fear of property destruction by protesters who want a change in the election outcome. This continuity in normal operations will result in economic growth. A violent election, on the other hand, will mean that most people remain indoors. Seeing that businesses will remain closed for an unknown period, the economy will receive a significant hit.

Ways by which to conduct a peaceful election

As mentioned above, relevant stakeholders should think of measures to ensure a peaceful election early enough. Otherwise, implementing them may pose a challenge when it is already too late. For a better understanding, below are some ways by which to conduct a peaceful election:

Ensure a fair election – the electoral body should see that everyone who will participate in the election upholds honesty. The results will be free from any tampering, reducing the chances of protests from the voters. Otherwise, if voters find out that there are alterations in favor of a particular candidate, they will do whatever they see fit to ensure that the election results are disregarded.

Communicate the effects of a violent election – as an individual, make sure to communicate to your circle of friends the negative impacts that a violent election will bring. Private groups should also take it upon themselves to ensure that people are aware of what they will risk if they choose to engage in acts of violence during the election.

Urge people to accept whatever results that may come – things do not always go according to plan. It is, therefore, important that everyone learns to be at peace whatever results and move on. After elections, everyone should appreciate and work with the candidate who will emerge as the winner. After all, all candidates vie with the hope to win and serve their people. 

Ensure election supervision – even after communicating with people to ensure a peaceful election, it will not hurt to have a precautionary measure if the unwanted happens. There should be plans on how to deal with people that will try to distract the peaceful election. Also, there should be measures to ensure that a free and fair election goes on.

Post Elections Violence
Post Elections Violence

Conclusion

A peaceful election will happen if everyone takes responsibility. No one has to keep you from arguing with your friends about the outcome. As an individual, make sure to enlighten your family, friends, and colleagues on why they should aim for a peaceful election. If violence erupts, blame no one else other than yourself.

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