CAUSES OF POLITICAL APATHY AND THE WAY OUT

 
political apathy

 INTRODUCTION

It is part of my habits  to visit my friends whenever am feeling depressed or when am less busy to discuss on issues mostly politics related and that is when i first come to realize what political apathy is all about.

We were discussing on politics and one of my friends was saying that the discussion is of no use so he wont join, another out of anger yelled that he won't vote again, another one was saying if not for other issues he wouldn't have bothered to collect his voters card.

This is what makes me begin to think, i begin to ask myself, won't this affect the progress of my country? And infact why are people losing interest in political activities of their country? It is their constitutional right to vote and to be voted for, but why are they running away from it?

These series of questions inspire me to dig deep, research,  read and finally i come up with this topic CAUSES OF POLITICAL APATHY AND THE WAY OUT.

I try my best to make it self explanatory and easy to read.

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WHAT IS POLITICAL APATHY ?

Political apathy can be seen as the lack of interest by some citizens in the political affairs of their community and the country at large.

It is expected that the citizen of any country should show active interest, support and participation in the political affairs of his country, but when they lack interest, such an attitude is referred to as Political Apathy.

It is a negative attitude that brings set back to any country, which is the main reason why it should be discouraged.

FORMS OF POLITICAL APATHY

Political apathy comes in many ways, among which are:

REFUSAL TO JOIN ANY POLITICAL PARTY

Your refusal to join any political party is a form of political apathy, it clearly shows how you are not concerned in the political affairs of your country.

Political party is one of the main backbone and bed rock of politics in most countries (except those that practice anarchy).

This is because any body that want to be an elected leader must belong to a party before he or she could be allowed to contest for any position, and all his supporters are expected to vote for his party during the election where the person with majority votes win.

Failure to join any party will indirectly portray that you are not interested to vote during elections which is your constitutional right.

So advisably, find a party whose manifestors tally with your expectations and needs and join it.

REFUSAL TO VOTE DURING ELECTIONS

We all need a leader that will listen to our cries and provide our needs, but that leader won't fall from sky, we have to find him, support him and vote for him during elections.

But what if we refuse to vote?!

Meaning we don't wan't a leader of our choice.

It is through election that we vote who we want to lead us, it is during elections that we payback our politicians what they did to us either by voting in or voting out of those that did well and those that perform woefully respectively.

So voting is not an option, it is a most, make up yourself to vote for who deserve your vote.

REFUSAL TO REGISTER DURING REGISTRATION EXERCISE

It is a big mistake not to register for voters card (which is to be used during elections) , you are depriving yourself of your constitutional right to vote.

It is your one and only most effective chance to end bad governance by voting out whoever is not doing well, but how can you do that if you refuse to register!.

So it is adviced that you register for Voter's card as long as you are of age.

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REASONS WHY PEOPLE START POLITICAL APATHY

There are many reasons why people engage themselves into political apathy, below are some of the most common:

PERCEPTION OF POLITICS AS A DIRTY GAME

Many citizens have that wrong perception of politics being a bad game and hence not meant for good people but rather people of bad character.

This is a wrong perception

Politics determine who will lead you, why will you give chance for bad people to lead you? 

Politics should be for good people that have the interest of people in their mind, people who contest to serve and not to be served.

BAD GOVERNANCE

It is of no doubt that bad governance is one of the major reasons why people engage in political apathy.

But instead of losing hope in the politics because of bad governance why don't you use that politics to vote out any bad leader during elections?

They can't do without your votes, think of it this way!

TYPE OF POLITICAL PARTY SYSTEM

If the political space is narrow and not wide enough to accommodate all interest groups in the country there is every tendency that some will not bother themselves into the political affairs of that country.

For example, a country that practice one party system will likely have high tendency of political apathy among citizens than a country that practice multi-political party system.

So one party system is not recommended.

RIGGING DURING ELECTIONS

It will be illogical for citizens to vote under sun and rain, then someone will rig the election and expect a massive turn out during next election.

Rigging of election discourage citizen's will to participate in elections, but it shouldn't

UNFULFILLED POLITICAL PROMISES

Some citizens loose hope in politics when all their political promises are abandoned by their elected leader.

Come out in mass and vote him out, the next person you vote will surely fulfill his promises, he saw what happened to the person that came before him.

USE OF THUGS DURING ELECTIONS

Use of thugs and other miscreants during voting exercise will make many refuse to partake in the exercise for their safety.

The government should ensure a very tight security during elections.

PERCEPTION OF VOTE WILL NOT COUNT

The perception of citizens that their votes will not count will surely increase the rate of political apathy in any country, this is because many will not participate in the exercise.

It is the duty of government and electoral officials to ensure that a credible election where everybody's vote count is conducted.

RECYCLING OF POLITICAL LEADERS

When the leadership keep recycling between some sects, then there is every possibility that citizens will start political apathy especially when those sects are not performing well.

This problem will likely be experienced more in a one party system country.

IGNORANCE AND HIGH LEVEL OF ILLITERACY

Many are into political apathy because they don't have any knowledge on what politics is, how government works, their constitutional rights and other related issues.

It is advised that awareness campaigns should be organized to help people in this categories..

CONCLUSION

Just as we need good leaders for a country to progress, so also their is high need for patriotic and good citizens for that reason.

Leaders can't do it alone, they need us, we bring them into power by the help of politics, so also we should use that same politics to support or oppose any good or bad leadership respectively.

Our thumbs are our weapons, and election day is the d-day ... Don't bother looking for excuse not to vote because you have none.

Be a patriotic citizen, vote when you are of age.

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