Election Precis: The Candidate and the Voter – Congruence or Fallacy?

Politics is a game of manipulation, coercion, innuendos, propagandas, hypes, pufferies, hysterias, and the list could go on and on, aimed at the voters with an intention of influencing their “voting pattern.”

Politicians run for office for various reasons. The pseudo reason is “to advance the voter’s interest,” but nothing is further from the truth. Personal interests top their list, while everything else comes last (not second or third).  The candidate’s minions, on assumption that their candidate will appoint them to government positions, offer “die hard free services” in the hope their candidate succeeds.

In developed countries voters are influenced, for the most part, by the candidate’s/parties manifestos and or philosophies. On the other hand, voters in developing countries place little to no value on such philosophies and manifestos and instead prefer candidates giving them accessibility to their basic needs, not to mention tribal affiliation, “buddy” promises, and so on. Candidates knowing this bait their voters by providing them temporary access to those basic needs until after elections and thereafter they withdraw them. Some economists call this bribery. In some cases, politicians will utter words such as “we are being finished” to influence voters sympathy against those finishing them.

To succeed in elections, candidates, besides being conniving also create fear by creating false charges against their opponents. Those who foresee losing in the elections may start disputing the elections before the actual elections, to create fodder for later use. Some may cast doubt on the electoral system’s efficiency and accuracy; others may use their bases to cause chaos or create scenarios challenging the elections fairness, or outright blame each other for the county’s failing and or shortcomings. While fairness is key in any election, it is not always visible or evident especially, when incumbent politicians notoriously use “accessible” executive powers to campaign for them.

To the voter, candidates are employees looking for a 5-year contract job. The interviewer in this case being the voter who will determine whether the candidate gets the job or not. During the interview process, the candidates guards as usually down and offers direct and easy access to the voters, to prove how accessible he/she will be to the “people.” This is short lived as most candidates metamorphoses and withdraws from the voters after the “job” interview. The voter, as the interviewer, seeks clarity on the candidate’s ability to perform by reviewing their resume, their record of accomplishment, their background check, and so on. They also (should) seek to understand what they plan to do differently or more efficiently if offered the position.

The interviewer should understand that the candidate is here to woo – like a suitor – once the goal is actualized, the candidate is gone, probably never to be seen again until the next election. Any short-term gains should not be traded for the job performance expected from the candidate. For in the end it is not about what tribe, political party, religion, or gender identity one identifies with. It is all about performance for the better good of the country. The interview should keep that in mind and closer to his/her heart.

The interviewers rank of the candidate, confirms that he/she (1) believes the candidate’s agenda is on target for the growth of business (country), (2) the candidate has a proven accomplishment record, and (3) there’s some form of congruence with the candidate’s manifestos or philosophies, and therefore recommends (by voting) for that candidate.

That is how the election system (should) works.

Now, Vote Wisely!


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