However, a large number of Americans do not participate in the voting process. People who do not vote in USA do not trust the political system. They feel that even though they elect people in leadership positions, their problems are never solved. According to them, they feel that voting is a waste of time whose main aim is to fulfill the interests of the political class (Scher, 2011).
Zimbabwe, just like USA, employs democratic system of leadership. Presidents and other leaders are elected by people. However, elections in Zimbabwe are different from those in USA because they are usually characterized by violence. Those in power intimidate people in areas that are perceived to be opposition zone with an aim of barring them from participating in elections. In most cases, people fail to vote in Zimbabwe due to state instigated violence unlike in USA where some people fail to vote because they don’t trust the political system. Although voting is a risky process in Zimbabwe, the citizens through civil societies and political parties have managed to create a new constitution that has enhanced their rights to vote (Scarnecchia, 2008).
The lesson from democratic struggle shows that developing a full democracy involves a lot of patience and suffering. The democratic space enjoyed in USA was a result of a long and painful struggle that resulted in death of prominent people. When election rules are upheld and fairness established in the election process, people will willingly participate in the process and choose good leaders (Scher,