Let your "X" do the talking

Carol Martindale,

Added 22 January 2013

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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 carolmartindale@nationnews.com

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