Country or Party?

I don’t usually discuss politics in Jamaica, as I find that very few persons are able to have constructive, unbiased and objective conversations regarding the different political parties. Most Jamaicans only see green or orange, and not necessarily what is best for their country. Often times when persons are asked “why do you vote?,” they usually respond that “their grandparents, great grandparents or great great grandparents voted for the party they choose.” A few persons will give valid reasons, while others choose not to vote at all. Will Jamaicans ever vote for country or will they continue to vote for party? Do we understand why it’s important to vote for our country and not just a political party? Here are Sharla’s Thoughts.

Voting is a method used to express one’s opinion or will in response to a proposed decision. When we vote in an election, we are making our thoughts, values, feelings and needs known to the representatives of our communities, towns, parishes and country. It is not a decision that should be taken lightly. We must become informed citizens in order to decide who are the best candidates to represent our values and needs. Why should we be informed? When we become informed we will know the key issues affecting our communities, towns, parishes and country, as well as the position of the candidates on each issue.

Voting is the only way many of us will have a say in how our government functions. When we vote, we hold our government accountable for their actions, which in turn creates a sense of responsibility. How you might be wondering? Our chosen candidates will know that once they have been selected for representation, they will have to conduct themselves in a professional manner and perform the job they have been chosen for. They will also know that if they are not conducting their duties, they will be removed from public representation.

Voting has also been found to contribute to the development and growth of many countries. It has also been found that countries which conduct frequent, competitive and fair elections enjoy better economic growth. This economic growth happens as governments are forced to become disciplined and develop policies that benefit their countries. The right to vote is such an important right, that it could make or break the economy of a country.

There are many countries where persons do not have the right vote, or have only recently received the right to vote. In Saudi Arabia women received the right to vote in 2015, and the country has had only seven elections in eighty years, as it’s government is in practice a monarchy. In Belgium and Turkey persons are required to vote, and in some cases may lose their right to vote if they do not use it. They may also find it difficult to get a job in the public sector. Can you imagine living in a country where in you are forced to vote or you will no longer be able to? This is how important it is to ensure that when we vote, we are making the best decision for our country.

I implore all Jamaicans, when you make the decision to vote, do not do it because you want a political party to win. When you vote, do it because it is the right thing to do and vote for the candidates who will make the best decision for our country. We are blessed and privileged to have this important right, let us use it wisely. These are a few of my thoughts, tell me what you think.

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5 thoughts on “Country or Party?

  1. Ok I do understand and you made some valid points but this Jamaican system is corrupt now a days you have to do things for these persons you elect to stand up for you and if you don’t they won’t do a thing for you. I don’t see the sense in voting for them and when you look the road them drive on everyday and it a mash up and then don’t see that it needs to be fix but them glad fi drive up and down on it with no care in the world but if it was the road at their homes you will see how fast they fix it… Until this country get better I am not voting cause I don’t see where any of these party is doing for me or for anyone if you don’t have links..

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    1. I understand your point and agree there is a lot of corruption. This is why it is important to vote for the best representative to hold them accountable and if they don’t perform we vote them out.

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      1. Even when you vote them out it’s the same problem you face with these people. All now I don’t see no prosperity or us Jamaicans doing what is needed to be done for this country to be better. Everyday we argue, we kill our one another and what comes out of it nothing. We need divine intervention. Especially the persons who want to represent us they need it more…

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      2. That is true. It will take an effort from every Jamaican to change things

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  2. Ok I do understand and you made some valid points but this Jamaican system is corrupt now a days you have to do things for these persons you elect to stand up for you and if you don’t they won’t do a thing for you. I don’t see the sense in voting for them and when you look the road them drive on everyday and it a mash up and then don’t see that it needs to be fix but them glad fi drive up and down on it with no care in the world but if it was the road at their homes you will see how fast they fix it… Until this country get better I am not voting cause I don’t see where any of these party is doing for me or for anyone if you don’t have links.. Or they want to get between your legs this system just set away and even when we talk about these things to make this country better it falls on deaf ears and nothing is done about it.

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