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The Colombian Post Talk, Tell, Post - Not Voting, the Best Idea?

Not Voting, the Best Idea?

Not Voting, the Best Idea?

By Santiago Lesmes.

It is October and days before we elect governors and mayors. We ask ourselves: who is the best option? We must start admitting that at some point we all think about selling the vote or simply abstaining from voting. However, although the idea of choosing a new governor in the next few days does not please us, we know for sure that it is up to us to choose a leader that will lead us to success.

Everyone thinks that these ideas are from a young man without experience and who does not know what he is talking about, but the truth is that I am affected by the decisions you make.

I am a student in 11th grade and there was a point where I asked myself what to do with the rest of my life; unfortunately, I don't have so many options because of the President of this country (which you elected). He reduced the budget for higher education and dashed any possibility of scholarships. But bad leadership doesn't end there. As a more local example, for example, a few years ago in Chía in the mayoral elections, many people could not decide who to vote for and were deprived of their right to suffrage. As a result of this, Leonardo Donoso became mayor. His first term was marred by false promises and the few that were fulfilled halfway.

One of those promises was to increase security by implementing cameras, police and other resources in places such as the public park in the Bojacá neighborhood. To date, it is still unsafe and has only two police officers who cannot cope with young people who consume and sell psychoactive substances.

Another promise was to fix the streets of the town, but the only thing he did was to initiate never-ending construction, bringing danger to the community. The main victims were the students of Diosa Chía who every morning was exposed to the dangers of the construction, not to mention damage to their health from the pipe fumes. The construction has also caused heavy causes traffic on Avenida Pradilla.

So I ask everyone: is it good to ignore the elections?

We all suffer from the actions of bad rulers. The remedy is that you vote conscientiously this Sunday and think about the future of your children and the city.