Don’t vote and tell...should your vote really be a secret?

Listen: Don’t vote and tell...should your vote really be a secret?

Compared to a country like the USA where citizens tend to be more open with which electoral candidate they vote for, South Africa's voting culture seems to be more conservative with a 'don't kiss and tell' attitude. Should one's vote really be a secret? 

My vote is my secret

With the local government elections on the way, many South Africans are rife with scrutiny, observing which party - if any at all - is deserving of their 'X' on the ballot paper. 

Perhaps for many, the decision to make the mark for that one deserving party has already been subconsciously made and will be tucked away tightly like a skeleton in a closet until the 3rd of August. 

It wasn't until the recent trend of wearing red barrettes, overalls and other attire thanks to the EFF that it can be safely said that people have historically hidden their political affiliation similar to the way a student hides a very bad exam mark from their peers or parents.

There are many individuals though who fight the dictum of 'my vote is my secret' and are open about their political affiliation either through the wearing of their branded party clothing or in any other ways.

There are obviously certain challenges that come with disclosing one’s political association. These include:

1. The fear of public scrutiny; 

2. Conflict of interest – some employers believe that an employee may be biased, especially in media-related jobs; 

3. A lack of political knowledge – which then makes it difficult for an individual to share thoughts and ideas on their party of choice’s policies and ideology.     

Listen: MBD's Tshepo Makhubela asks South Africans 'Who will you vote for?"

Now, we know the world isn't perfect but that variety makes life so much more fun. If the Martin Bester Drive were to run for the 2016 Municipal Elections, would you vote for it? 

Listen: MBD's Tshepo Makhubela asks: 'Would you vote MBD?'

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