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'Voters are not slaves' - Political newcomer wants to educate the people

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett
Alando Terrelonge addresses Labourites.
Mike Henry (right) and Pearnel Charles take the stage during the meeting in May Pen, Clarendon, yesterday.
Jamaica Labour Party supporters at a meeting in May Pen, Clarendon, last night.

Political newcomer Alando Terrelonge believes there are many politicians who prefer to keep "some people" in a subservient state "so they remain dependent on them".

"In doing that, they can control the people and I think it's time people recognise that the days of buying votes are done," Terrelonge declared last night.

Terrelonge, the Jamaica Labour Party caretaker for St Catherine East Central, was speaking with The Gleaner as thousands of party supporters flocked to May Pen Square for a public meeting.

"People are not slaves, they are not cows, they are not goats ... . Politicians now need to educate the people and we need to give them good educational options," the dreadlocked attorney insisted.

He said in trying to change this culture, Jamaicans must first have "a seat at the table".

"A lot of Jamaicans talk the verandah politics and they don't want to throw their hats in the ring. It makes no sense we sit on our verandah and criticise government," Terrelonge said.

Despite this, the political neophyte said his experience so far has been exciting and different and indicated that he expected to be victorious in the impending general election.

"We have an excellent chance of winning because the people realise that with Team Terrelonge they are getting something different," he said.