The political landscape of Jamaica is rather unbalanced. This is highly dependent upon whose view you are taking. This stems from a biased electorate, whose vote can easily be bought and or swayed based on what suits their immediate need. Jamaicans show support for the two major political parties, JLP and PNP, but come Election Day, many fail to turn out to the polls and exercise their constitutional right to vote. Voting is a process, a process which enables us to listen to political leaders from either party and make that definitive decision on who we intend to put in office.
This does not happen in all cases due to the fact that as individuals, most Jamaicans vote as follows:
- Many vote due based on who their family support at all times.
- They vote based on who the community they are a part of predominantly supports.
- They vote based on what they have received monetarily or otherwise.
- They are those who don’t vote because they are not in favor of what their party stands for so will still show opposition by not voting for either.
- Have no political interest in who wins or doesn’t win so they don’t vote at all.
This is rather dangerous due to the fact that it will enable anyone to just vote someone in due to political popularity who doesn’t have the community or the nation’s interest at heart. While I raise this damaging issue that we are now faced with, the current actions of our leader of the opposing Jamaica Labour Party leaves much to be desired. As a party they are in shambles and continue to mislead their own supporters as well as the wider society.
Correct me if I am wrong, but the current the leader of the opposition has continued the trend of his party’s stance for many years on of that of a “One Don” ruling which says you are either with me or you are out of the party since you choose to be against me. The so called political opportunists have used this to their advantage by being a bunch of yes men and lackeys hanging on every word that said, and not speaking out on what rightly will affect the party for the next upcoming election.
The leader of the opposition cannot expect to lead the next party in power if he and his members continue to feed the nation one lie after the other and end up misleading us all as a people. It’s good when you can read for yourself and ask question where and when possible of the things which affects us all.
- Why spread false rumors that the government passing all these IMF test will not enable investment and create more job (New and existing ones)
Correct Answer: The government of the day has to pass these IMF tests in order to secure funding from the IDB, World Bank and also to get more money from the IMF and attract investors to the country in setting up business.
- Why spread false rumors that the National Housing Trust (NHT) is stealing poor people’s money and not building any houses out by Bernard Lodge (Former Sugar Estate)
Correct Answer: Yes the National Housing Trust is in fact building housing out by Bernard Lodge, one need to find out the time line for completion.
- Why is it that the Net to GDP rate is so high?
Correct Answer: The Net to GDP rate is not high and the Minister of Finance and his team having been doing a great job at keeping it at a low. Furthermore when the JLP was in Government during the 80’s the country seems to be doing well but our debt was ever increase at over 200%
- Unemployment is at an all-time high.
Correct Answer: Unemployment is not at an all time high and since the last time the JLP was in power it was only for 4 years so how can the JLP make a comparison of their 4 years with the PNP long reign in power.
As electorates, we need to examine the issues presented to us by either party in making any decision when and if we intend to vote. Vote for the individual who can do the well when and if he is elected, not based on party support. It is high time we as a people hold all politicians accountable for the job they are elected to do and stop turning a blind eye to what is happening and ruining the economy our beautiful island Jamaica.
On Election Day, I know I will be voting wisely, and no man nor woman will or can make that decision for me. That’s my constitutional right and I shall exercise it accordingly. And I will be holding each and every one that has been elected accountable.
Disclaimer: The views expressed were those prior to the February 25, 2016 General Election held in Jamaica.
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