Awaiting election promises


March 04, 2016
Political party flags in August Town, St Andrew, in December.

Many of the conversations this week were centered around the narrow margin of victory in the general election.

It was interesting to hear the reasons given why the election was so close and what could have been done to prevent it.

Some people said they were happy there was not a landslide because both parties cannot be complacent.

"I like how the election turned out," a policeman said to his colleague this week.

When his colleague asked him the reason for his comment, he responded, "I like the narrow margin of winning because both the JLP (Jamaica Labour Party) and the PNP (People's National Party) will have to be on the ball. You see, the winning party barely scraped through, and will have to work extra hard to ensure they are on top of things."

"I was hoping that any party which wins the election would win by at least six seats," the other policeman said.

"A win is a win, and it does not matter if the win is by one seat or two seats," his colleague responded.


One of the policemen said he was looking forward to the tax relief promised to them, and disclosed, "I just go and trust a fridge because of the extra tax relief promised to me."

On hearing what his colleague had done, his friend queried how he could make such a move when he had not yet received the money.

"Don't worry about my fridge, this is one money we have to get because my vote was based on that promise," the policeman revealed.

A coconut vendor, who was talking to his friends, said he was very disappointed that some of his friends did not vote. He said some said they were not registered to vote and some said they just did not get the feeling to vote.

"But you know what some of them tell me?," the vendor said.

One of his friends asked what he was told, and he replied, "They said they did not like the fingerprint business."

"They must be wrongdoers then," his friend said.

The coconut vendor said he was not criticising any party. "All I want is for the two parties to work together to ease the hardships of the people," he said.

One of the men remarked that he was happy that there was no dual citizenship issue coming up this time to stall things from moving forward. "I really do not believe that this issue of dual citizenship should stop people from entering politics," he said.

The Constitution of Jamaica, which is the supreme law of the land, states that a citizen who intends to be a member of parliament should not hold dual citizenship with another country.

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