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Didn't get to vote two times round

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMShanice Watson

Twenty-three years ago, Judith Brown set out eagerly to cast her ballot, but she fell and hurt her knee. From that moment, she vowed never to vote again.

Now, at 53 years old, Brown had a change of heart and decided to take part in the political process, but again, she was not able to help decide who holds the seat in the battleground constituency of St Andrew West Rural, which was being contested by the incumbent, Paul Buchanan of the People's National Party, and former Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn of the Jamaica Labour Party.

Furious, she explained that the election day workers could not find her information on their lists.

"I didn't get to vote the first time I went to do it, but now I make up my mind to do it, but I cannot vote. Me feel upset over it because I feel it in me to vote again," she lamented.

Brown, who suffers from multiple ailments, admitted that her change of heart in deciding to vote again came about because she wanted to see a change.


"The person who I voting for, I feel that person should get a chance to see if there can be a change in the area," she said, while admitting that she was not sure if her vote would have made a difference.

"Sometimes, I wonder if I should vote because I am a very sick person. I have eight different complaints, and I know if I go to any of them [politicians], they won't help me, but I just want fi see how things would work out. But now, I come after how much years and still can't vote, " Brown said.

Among Brown's maladies are a rare disease which caused her to lose her fingers and toes. Despite not having her fingers, and feeling the effects of her multiple ailments, Brown said she still would have been fully capable of marking the ballot.

"I would have marked the X myself because I do everything same way. I wash, cook, clean, everything, " she said.

Disappointed, Brown left the polling station at Stony Hill Primary and Junior High School, located in the St Andrew West Rural constituency.