Fellow Barbadians, as general elections draw near I started thinking about a rationale that could help me to decide how to vote.
As a country and a people, we expect that an administration should focus on making the country better so that we, the voters, can see constant improvement in our living standards.
With this in mind, I decided to make a simple checklist of things that are the Government’s responsibility and ask basic yes or no questions to help me make my decision on how to vote. I decided to share it, in the hope that you might find it useful. I find it keeps me focused on the real issues and not on whatever politicians expound on political platforms during election time that may distract me from the real issues:
• Have our living standards improved under this administration?
• Have taxes decreased?
• Are the roads better?
• Has garbage collection improved?
• Have sewage and sanitation improved?
• Has water management improved?
• Is public transport better?
• Are the health services better?
• Have government services improved?
• Has the economy improved?
• Have our foreign reserves increased?
• Has Government debt gone down?
• Is Freundel Stewart a good leader?
• Has this administration been transparent?
• Is there less corruption?
• Has the Government done a good job of solving problems?
• Do I have confidence that this administration can solve the problems of the country?
• Do I trust this administration?
• Should I vote for this administration?
– DERECK FOSTER