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#JaVotes2016: First time voter rejects mother's pressure

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:13 PM

Shamoy Reid voted in a general election for the first time today, but indicated that she had to withstand some pressure from her mother to do so.

"Me mother a argue wid me because she a tell me who fi vote fah and me tell her she can't tell me who fi vote fah," the 21-year-old told The Gleaner after casting her ballot at the Gordon Town Community Centre in the St Andrew East Rural constituency.

So how did she arrive at her decision?

"One party inna power fi five years, so me just look pan dat and see who me waan vote fah," she reasoned.

The Jamaica Labour Party's Juliet Holness is challenging the People's National Party's Imani Duncan-Price to become the parliamentary representative for the constituency.

Reid acknowledged that she has not been paying keen attention to the election campaign, but said she was determined to exercise her right to vote.

"If me never vote me wouldn't have no talk. So if the country nah run right me can't seh nutten cause me never vote. So if me vote now, me have a talk and me can say sup'n," she explained.

"Persons who no vote, dem nuh have no say enuh cause dem never go vote," she added.

ST ANDREW EAST RURAL CANDIDATES

JLP: Juliet Holness

PNP: Imani Duncan-Price