Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Electing leaders with integrity

As election season draws near, it is essential that we take a step back and evaluate what is truly essential. We have observed the impact of elections on communities and relationships, causing division and hostility even between the families and relatives. This year, unfortunately, we are still witnessing instances of violence between parties during elections, which is completely unacceptable. No one is going to win a prize for fighting on behalf of someone else. Individuals who engage in violence and conflicts during elections will have to live with the consequences of their actions long after the election is over.
This should not be the outcome of elections. It is crucial that we remember that elections are a time to select leaders who will serve the public with honesty and integrity. These leaders must possess a vision for a better future and work tirelessly to make it a reality. Regrettably, many leaders focus only on their personal gain, disregarding the well-being of the people. As we cast our votes, we must examine the actions of our leaders, not just their promises. Have they made a significant impact in their communities in the past? Have they taken steps to improve the lives of those they aspire to serve? If they truly care about their constituents, they should have addressed their needs and made a positive impact before seeking election. Leadership is not about throwing large amounts of money to purchase votes during elections. It is about serving the people and making a difference in their lives. Genuine leaders will have spent time in their communities, listened to their needs, and worked to support them. Let us choose leaders who genuinely desire to serve and make a difference. Leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to their communities and have a plan for the future. These leaders must have a stake in the success of the community they hope to serve. Let us make our votes count and select leaders who will lead with integrity, purpose, and a genuine commitment to the people.
Dr. Bongliba Sangtam Ph.D.

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