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We want jobs - youth voters

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 2:00 AM

As far as two youth electors in St Andrew East Rural are concerned, the main reason for turning up to vote in yesterday's elections was for more jobs.

"Mi want di increase weh dem promise, so mi a vote fi di party weh a go create di jobs dem," 27-year-old Lorenzo Bennett, who was casting his ballot for the third time, told The Gleaner.

Though 23-year-old Alicia Brown remained undecided, she also insisted that she planned to hold whichever party that won to the promise of job creation.

The Jamaica Labour Party's Juliet Holness and the People's National Party's Imani Duncan-Price are contesting the elections in the constituency, which, historically, has gone to the People's National Party eight times, with the Jamaica Labour Party taking the reigns four out of the last 12 elections since 1959.

Both candidates have been in the constituency now for a year.

For Brown, it was a matter of trying to decide whether "it even matter(s) to participate".

She laughed at the irony of her leaning against a fence jostling with whether to board the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Number 62 bus to head down to her community to vote.

"Mi deh pon di fence. Honestly, mi nuh mek up mi mind if mi vote or mi nah vote because di two a dem a di same thing," Brown said.

Whichever way the ballots swing, both youth voters insisted that they want more jobs from the party that makes up the next Government.

- Livern Barrett and Tameka Gordon