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Blame political parties for low voter turnout – Vote Jamaica

Published:Tuesday | March 8, 2016 | 2:31 PM
Electors wait outside the Longville Park Early Childhood Centre polling station in Clarendon South Eastern on February 25.

Marlon Campbell, the co-founder of the lobby initiative, Vote Jamaica, says the blame for the high level of apathy among voters should be placed on the political parties.

Campbell says the recent low voter turnout, which saw just above 47 per cent of voters casting a ballot, is worrying.

He says it is the result of people losing hope that the political parties will do what they promise.

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Campbell also says neither of the two major political parties has been able to differentiate itself ideologically from the other or to inspire voters to support them.

 

Co-founder of Vote Jamaica, Marlon Campbell

Meanwhile, Campbell says some persons may have lost interest in voting after the elections were not held in December as widely expected.

He says Vote Jamaica will be stepping up its initiative to get more people to vote, particularly given the expectation that local government elections will be held soon.