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A test for Simpson Miller

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Simpson Miller


Around this time in 2011, then Leader of the Opposition and People's National Party President (PNP), Portia Simpson Miller, warned then Prime Minister Andrew Holness against calling a general election before the November 2011 voters' list was ready.

Back then, Mrs Simpson Miller argued that it would have been a travesty upon our democracy to disenfranchise more than 40,000 new electors by preventing them from getting the opportunity to vote in what was shaping up to be late-year polls.

Holness gave his assurance that the new electors would get the chance to exercise their franchise, and by that announcement, gave the PNP the added bonus of a fairly good idea as to when elections were likely to be called.

Fast-forward to 2015. Same characters, only that the roles have switched, thus placing Mrs Simpson Miller in the position to similarly ensure that the thousands of persons who are to qualify for inclusion on the November 2015 voters' list will be similarly accommodated.

Will she, or won't she?

Whatever her decision, it will certainly be held as a test of Mrs Simpson Miller's commitment to fair play and the protection of voters' rights.

Barry Broadwell