A man votes with his daughter at a polling station in Jerusalem on April 9.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
I’ve had the privilege of voting in several elections in South Africa. Each time felt like an important milestone in the country. Every time, leaders reiterated how important it was for each eligible voter to go out and cast their ballot. It was about living in a democracy, exercising one’s right and feeling a part of a changing world. I’ve also always believed that covering any election as a news reporter, news anchor or manager is also a privilege. The world of radio allowed our newsroom to bring listeners immediate details of election developments in real time, speak to voters about a range of concerns, probe claims of irregularities and intimidation cases and be part of a robust debate to make sure that politicians were held accountable for their promises. In April, I had the privilege of voting for the first time as an Israeli citizen. I was also lucky enough to experience this election race while working for the international television station, i24NEWS. More stories about what voters are hoping for, more in-depth investigations about mudslinging and dirty campaigns, and more intense debate about the best way forward for a country.
Here are some of the stark differences that stood out for this first-time voter.
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