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Why I am uncommitted

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Persons who are politically uncommitted are usually targeted as the ones who contribute mostly to a country remaining in the mess it is in. But, if I vote, what would I be voting for? The choice between the two major parties is like choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea. Maybe if I could decipher who was the lesser of the two evils, I would.

In counting, about four general elections have passed since I became eligible to vote. I tried to vote in the first of the four (not because I was impressed with the group, but it was the party of choice in my family while growing up). I was unable to do so, even though I was enumerated, my name could not be found on the voters' list.

I was encouraged by party activists to go to the polling station on the day of election nonetheless as, according to them, "You can still vote, man!" When I got there, I realised that voters were bombarded into their choice of candidate, and there were utterances of, "Wi nuh waa nuh voting behind nuh curtain. wha kinda hide up hide up a gwan?" I went back home and decided from that tender age that the whole system was flawed.

More than 20 years have spanned between that day and the upcoming general election, and I have not seen any change in the political system in Jamaica. Election campaigns are filled with the same empty promises. Politicians continue to talk from both sides of their mouths.

I will remain uncommitted until the day I die. The political ink will never stain my finger unless I see a change in Jamaica's political system, until I am convinced that politicians are true to the people they are elected to serve, until there is fundamental change in the corrupted electoral system. I will not be part of the 'swap-black-dog-for-monkey' saga, because at the end of that day, it will not make a difference who forms the government of the day.

Jack Mandora, mi nuh choose none!