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Vote selling a threat to Jamaica's democracy - Crawford

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2016 | 2:42 PM

Political commentator Richard Crawford is concerned about what he considers is the high percentage of Jamaicans who would sell their votes and warns that it could threaten the country's democracy.

He suggests that it is time for the country to undergo constitutional reform and change its system of governance.

Crawford was speaking to The Gleaner Power 106 News against the background of the latest Bill Johnson polls which indicate that 13 per cent of Jamaicans are willing to accept bribes to vote for a political party.

According Crawford, 13 per cent of the electorate is significant and it could threaten Jamaica's democracy if their votes can be bought. 

Against that background, the University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer says the time has come for the country to move to a political system in which a president or prime minister is elected directly and separately from members of parliament.

He says equally important is the need for politicians to dissociate themselves from criminals.