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Warmington rejects calls to apologise after saying 'if you don't vote, you don't count'

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2014 | 1:59 PM

The Member of Parliament for South West St Catherine, Everald Warmington, is refusing to apologise for the controversial statements he made at a party meeting on Sunday about people who do not vote.



At the meeting, in the South Central St Catherine constituency, Warmington said people who do not vote do not count.



"If a person walks in the office and say 'Boss, me Labourite' and when I check the computer you never vote, I nah deal with you!" he said.



"If you don't vote, you don't count and you can't ask for government benefits when you refuse to participate in the governance of you country."



The comments have been criticised by members of civil society.



And there have been calls for him to apologise.



However, when contacted this morning, Warmington said there was nothing for which to apologise.



"If I am going to say something and I am going to regret it, I don't say it," he said this morning.



Warmington - January 12, 2014

"If you don't vote; you don't count. And at this stage if a person walk in the office and sey 'Boss mi a Labourite', and when I check the computer, you didn't vote, I nah deal wid you. If you don't vote; you don't count and you can't ask for Government benefits when you refuse to participate in the governance of your country. I don't know how others perform, how others work, but in South West St Catherine dem have to vote to talk to me, nuh care how you sick and need it, nuh care how the old lady on the crutch - you didn't vote without an excuse, you don't talk to this Member of Parliament. You talk to me when you want to, when the time come when you should have spoken, you should have gone to that polling station to vote.



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