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Let your “X” do the talking

Let your “X” do the talking Carol Martindale

By Carol Martindale | Tue, January 22, 2013 - 2:22 PM

The debate is on about when the General Elections in this country will be called.

Some even expect that the date will be announced this week – others believe as early as tomorrow.

Despite the different dates being bandied about by political pundits, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is keeping the date close to his chest.

Of course, it is within his right, working within the law, to call it when he deems it fit.

What I am more concerned with, however, is that whenever that day of reckoning is called, each and every Barbadian here and abroad should exercise his or her constitutional right by heading to the polls to vote.

I have heard far too many people recently express frustration with both political parties – the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party.

As a result, these frustrated voters say they plan to stay away from polling stations on election day.

I believe this to be irresponsible.

Those of us who know of adult suffrage and the importance of exercising the right to vote, and the fight to ensure that everyone, particularly women, has the right to vote, not voting should never be an option in any election.

This is not about whether you are a ‘B’ or a ‘D’, and which political party you will be voting for; this is simply about just getting out there and putting your ‘X’ where you believe it should be.

It is your opportunity to be heard and to hold parliamentarians accountable for their decisions and action, or inaction. It is a chance to have a say in important issues that affect you as a citizen, your community, your country.

So, as far as I am concerned, if you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice.

And afterwards, don’t complain when you did not exercise your right to make a difference to effect change when you had a chance.

Sadly, this is often the case.

So folks, go and vote.

It is your constitutional right.

Carol Martindale is the Nation's Online Editor

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Posted by Emmerson C 1 year, 9 months ago
Well said and well put Carol

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Posted by David Brathwaite 1 year, 9 months ago
Very well said!

I could never understand how people would not vote and then be the loudest complainers.

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Posted by Bajan Fishermen 1 year, 9 months ago
While i am in agreement with you on the right to vote and not stay away from the polls, you have stated about Barbadians here and abroad casting votes. I am worried by the " and abroad". The reason why i am worried, because as far as i know there is no voting allowed for Barbadians who live abroad voting.
What must be carefully noted, that last election a sector of bajans who reside in abroad especially in New York came home and voted. Are you telling us the general public that the elections law has been changed? If so, when ? Or are you talking about those who are stationed at our various Consulates?
What must be done to make sure that we have a fair and transparent election in Barbados, is a published list of all registered voters that live and are alive in Barbados.
The fact that people who live abroad and are therefore not eligible to vote under the election law as i know it, must never aging be allowed in this Country.
then if the law has not been changed to allow such, you then have to clarify that part of your article.
For otherwise in your attempt to educate the general public as to why their must go out and vote, will all be in vain.
Please also tell them that if they do not vote, then they cannot complain about whatever government comes to power. For they would have abdicated their right, so must take what others have decided for them.

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Posted by John Da Silva 1 year, 9 months ago
I think more and more people are fed up with the choice they have between the candidates from the BLP and those from the DLP. I fear quite a number of people will just not bother to vote because they feel it will be an exercise in futility.

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Posted by Billy Boscoe 1 year, 9 months ago
My vote is for the party that is least likely to raise taxes, and most likely to decrease the price of gasoline and electricity.

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Posted by Tony Webster 1 year, 9 months ago
Never before, in the history of yeoman endeavour to elect a government, have so many been kept waiting, for so long, by so few. But patience…sweeteneth the pot. Be patient, my peoples.

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Posted by Mary Yearwood 1 year, 9 months ago
Very insightful again, Ms. Martindale, and non-biased too. I'm interested in knowing about what Bajan Fishermen asked re. Bajans in the Diaspora.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago
There remains a third possibility to voting either B or D.

You can make the effort to attend your polling station
and then deliberately spoil your vote.
You should take the little extra time to clearly state on the ballot paper
- that this is a deliberately-spoiled vote!

Maybe if/when dozens and dozens such deliberately-spoiled ballot papers are counted, the message will get thru, but I doubt it.

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