Politi­cians to blame for voter ap­a­thy

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: I AM not sur­prised with how the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions turned out. One fac­tor was the lim­ited op­tions to choose from and again for the lack of vot­ers.

Con­fi­dence in the par­ties and their style of pol­i­tics is wan­ing among Jamaican vot­ers, es­pe­cially within the youth ma­jor­ity. The ap­a­thy and non-par­tic­i­pa­tion are tes­ta­ment of the youth want­ing much more from the elected but high-and-mighty of­fi­cials, who af­ter the elec­tions feel they’ve put them­selves in the po­si­tion. On Mon­day, I wit­nessed peo­ple go­ing about their nor­mal busi­ness with not a care in the world and even look­ing sur­prised at the sight of the polling di­vi­sion on Molynes Road.

NO LONGER FOOLED

Ja­maicans re­alise the lies spewed from del­e­gates don’t match their re­al­ity, the re­al­ity be­ing the no­table ab­sence of the mem­bers of par­lia­ment in com­mu­ni­ties, and not just there, but in the par­ish coun­cils and the parishes. Then, as soon as one party comes in, they blame the other party. Ja­maicans are no longer fooled by prom­ises, pa­tron­age and thinly veiled po­lit­i­cal threats. Kevin O’Brien Chang on CVM made a point that con­nected: Ja­maicans have ac­cess to things to make them com­fort­able, thus the need for the politi­cians is void. It is pos­si­ble that Ja­maicans think the coun­try is fine, but Ja­maica can­not be all right when US dol­lar is suf­fo­cat­ing ours, the Gov­ern­ment wanted to spend $600 mil­lion on pos­si­bly free de­bush­ing and peo­ple need ac­cess to good-pay­ing jobs. Mr Chang rightly said that Ja­maicans pre­ferred to go to the dance, de­spite ev­ery­thing else.

There­fore, the sit­u­a­tion begs the ques­tion: What do Ja­maicans ac­tu­ally want? Ja­maica is small com­pared to the US, Bri­tain and South Korea, all who have peo­ple demon­strat­ing for ac­count­abil­ity from their govern­ments.

I am not go­ing to blame the vot­ers; their si­lence, or rather the lack of inked fin­gers, spoke vol­umes. Ja­maicans ex­ist in a vac­uum; it is they and then the Gov­ern­ment. Each suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ment has forced the peo­ple to fend for them­selves, and they have suc­ceeded, qui­etly re­duc­ing de­pen­dence. There is no need to rely on the politi­cians. COLETTE CAMP­BELL

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