As the 2023 general election approaches, expectations are rising, our hearts are raising, and the political climate is becoming increasingly tense. Elections are one of the most important processes in any democratic society.

Moreso as members of the learned profession, it is our civic responsibility to participate in the coming general election, it is a civic sacrament. We do not have government by the majority, but we have government by the majority who participate. Hence, the responsibility to hone our civic responsibilities.

However, voting is as much an intellectual activity as it is an emotional one. It is important you make informed decisions as your vote cannot be retrieved. When selecting a candidate to vote for, there are salient factors you must consider. In this article, we will discuss these factors and what to look out for during the2023 general elections.

What to look out for in the2023 general elections before voting

1.     Political party: The first factor to consider during an election is the political party. Political parties have a specific set of ideologies and principles, and voters must align their beliefs with the party's ideology. By understanding the party's policies, voters can make an informed decision about which candidate they should support.

2.     Track records: The next factor to consider is the candidate's track record. This includes past actions and behaviors, voting records, and public statements. Voters should research the candidate's history to understand their positions on issues and evaluate their suitability for the role.

3.     Leadership qualities: A good leader must possess certain qualities such as integrity, courage, and empathy. Voters should look for candidates who exhibit these qualities and have the potential to lead with conviction and wisdom.

4.     Plans and policies: The candidate's plans and policies should be evaluated to understand how the intend to govern. Voters should analyze the policies to determine if they align with their beliefs and if the plans are realistic.

5.     Campaign promises: During election campaigns, candidates make various promises to voters to secure their support. However, it is essential to evaluate these promises to determine if they are achievable and realistic.

6.     Public perception: The public perception of a candidate is a critical factor to consider. Voters should research the candidate's reputations and evaluate how they are perceived by the public. This can be done by reading news articles, social media, and public opinion polls.

7.     Endorsements: Endorsements from other political figures, organizations, or interest groups can impact a candidate's credibility. Voters should evaluate these endorsements to determine if they align with their beliefs and values.

8.     Personal preference: Ultimately, personal preference plays a role in deciding whom to vote for. Voters should evaluate all the factors mentioned above and consider which candidate best aligns with their values and beliefs.

These factors are not exhaustive but germane, voters must be sensitized to make informed decisions. With these factors in mind, voters can make the right choice and elect the right candidate to lead this country forward.

Remember, if you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain.