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Voter apathy hurts nation

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 2:02 PMBrian Plummer

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In your lead story of February 8, 2015 titled 'Votes for sale', it was mentioned that almost half of the just over 1.8 million electors on the latest voters' list are not planning to vote in the February 25 general election, and with a close race expected, there are indications that money could be a significant factor.

When a people get disillusioned, as apparently Jamaicans have become, the prospects for national development are slim.

Historical evidence suggests that when the people of a nation work towards a goal, they push national development. The nationalist movement throughout the Caribbean exemplify that once the people of a nation have a common goal, they are willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.

I suspect that a significant portion of the Jamaican people have no faith in the Jamaica Labour Party or the People's National Party and, therefore, are willing to take a bribe rather than getting nothing at all. Jamaica's political class needs to wake up and understand that although one of them will win, it will not be the will of the majority of the people.

Some people will turn to the parallel economy for livelihood and leadership. Others will leave the country. Soon the Government will be governing only a portion of Jamaica. The fiasco with Christopher Coke established that Jamaican loyalties can be given to other entities besides Government, with devastating effects on the nation.

Nature abhors a vacuum. Please do something or it will become a situation like the high murder rate. When the powers that be attempt to correct the trend, it will be too far gone. Prevention is better than cure.

BRIAN PLUMMER

brianplummer@yahoo.com