Written by Frida Ngowi | Posted on  11 Mar 2016.

During my days in secondary school, I have been hearing about the word democracy. I read books and capture that democracy is a form of government in which all citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. However, this never clicked in my mind, I thought it was more of theories than practical and for that reason I did not take part in the 2010 general election. In that period I was eligible to vote but I did not exercise my right. Few years later, I was not pleased with my country’s situation, from being university graduate unemployed youth, witnessing poor medical services provided in public hospitals, electricity problems and many other defaults, I realized that for our communities to move forward, we needed leaders who are responsible, committed and accountable to good governance and our needs and so, my vote could have made a difference.

In 2015, I became more knowledgeable and aware of the power of my vote. I made follow-up on each of the candidates and their parties manifestos so I could vote for the leader that is conscious about the development of Tanzania. I did not want to make the same mistake again so on 25th October,2015 I casted my vote to the leader of my preference.


I have learnt that democracy came into existence to allow people to enjoy freedom and equal treatment before the law and all aspects of human life related to socio economic and political issues. These elements are all reflected in the constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania. Therefore, democracy is an important factor of controlling government power and prevents the people who hold power from abusing it and using it for their own gain rather than for the people.