What happens if good governance and democracy are not exercised.
One of the most daunting situations that citizens face is often a very long wait in order to exercise their democratic right and vote out a bad governmental administration and elect a new leader.
In some countries, the integrity of governmental structures and institutions can be so corrupt or compromised that the representation of the people and their needs fail to meet the standards of a democracy. This can lead to the misuse of public resources, abuse of office, high unemployment rate and high costs of living with a large number of the population grappling with poverty.
Overcoming poverty is not an gesture of charity, it is an act of justice.
In such administrations, often the interests, fundamental human rights and needs of the population are neglected and abused. Any economical developments of the country are stalled and often the country is deeply in debt.
It is usually in such political environments that nepotism, tribalism and other forms of discrimination, such as gender disparity, thrive and the democratic rights of the population totally fail. It is also in such climates that civil unrest and war are more likely to break out.
This is not to say that there is no corruption in governments of countries that are seen as democracies.
How to be proactive against injustice:
Governments are extremely powerful and for a lot of average citizens it may seem that there is little point in protesting or being active once the leaders are actually elected. However, there are some methods that can be employed to have your objections about governmental rules and regimes heard. We will be examining a few of them below:-
Use of Social Media to organize Mass Protests:
Social media platforms are extremely versatile and can help a message of mass protest to go viral and reach a considerable amount of people in a very short time period. This phenomenon was evidenced in Egypt whereby citizens used this platform to oust Hosni Mubarrak.
A concerned activist in Egypt started a Facebook post to support the striking workers of the time and this page expanded and grew to a membership of over 60,000. Ordinary citizens wrote and protested about issues such as free speech and poor economy and a failing government. Analysts have suggested that social media played a vital role in outing Hosni Mubarrak.
This is the positive side of social media whereby people can read other’s views on what is happening in a political situation, add their own voice and hence band together and be encouraged into action.
Involvement of Mainstream Media
A lot of people trust media personalities and channels as a source of info and news about what the government and its functions are doing. Therefore the mainstream media has a duty to champion for the rights and interests of the the citizens and should be used.
Courting International Attention.
Massive human rights violations is illegal and in such situations attention should be raised to attract the concern of international bodies such as United Nations which can interfere and bring some sense of sanity.
Change of Administration.
The citizens of a country have the duty and obligation of electing the most appropriate leaders whom they feel that will bring the necessary change and developments. They therefore should exercise such rights by coming in large numbers to vote during elections.
Through setting dates organizing mass protests, strikes and revolutions, citizens can compel and foresee the change of a corrupt regime and bring sanity to a country as can be seen in Egypt where they protested for several days and eventually ousted out their president whom they saw as not fit to hold public office or lead them as their president.