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Political scientist suggests Jamaica abandons Westminster-style government

Published:Sunday | October 12, 2014 | 12:55 PM
Richard Crawford - File

Political scientist Richard "Dickie" Crawford is suggesting that Jamaica abandons the Westminster model of governance given growing apathy amongst voters.

Pointing to the findings in a recent poll by pollster Bill Johnson, Crawford underscored that the current political system has "outlived its usefulness".

The poll findings published in today's Sunday Gleaner show a migration of voters from the ruling People's National Party (PNP) and a subsequent swelling of the undecided, giving the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) a 12 per cent advantage over the PNP, if a general election were to be called now.

However, a very significant 41 per cent of enumerated voters say they would not vote and 16 per cent were undecided.

Crawford argued that the state of apathy is evidence that the Westminster model of governance, which Jamaica inherited from Britain, is outdated beyond repair and should be discontinued.

The lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, said pollsters were expecting the number of people who refuse to vote to increase very soon to 60 per cent. He said neither the JLP nor the PNP seem capable of addressing the growing problem of apathy.


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