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Letter: Diaspora voting is the people's rights to decide
Published on May 16, 2017Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

It is indeed one step closer to complete freedom of the Jamaican people the unshackling of the last vestige of slavery; a direct challenge to the ruling class who have openly opposed ordinary Jamaicans gaining significant political and economic power.

If you agree with me that ever since independence no government has actually sought to empower the people except under Michael Manley to some degree, then you must conclude that the country is not been governed in the interest of the ordinary people. Diaspora voting right is not an imposition of our will on the Jamaican people but rather the embodiment of the common man's vision of the future for Jamaica outside of the colonial construct created to perpetuate the economic enslavement our people.

Crime in Jamaica is an instrument of social control to deplete the rising power of a middle-class by forcing them to "fly-out " and oppress a captive underclass by using them as the dominant electorate subverted by criminal gangs and their "Don" leaders.

We, therefore, cannot assert our political and economic rights from within, our influence on transforming Jamaica can only be achieved under the protection of foreign democracies in which we live. There is no other solution to Jamaica's crime problem than a political one. Diaspora Jamaicans must demand a vote and end the violence once and for all. This will strengthen our democratic institutions and shift the political dynamics away from garrison politics to allow for the repatriation of economic and human capital to Jamaica for economic development. Economic integration cannot be achieved without political and social integration.

One of the most frequent arguments against Diaspora voting is "they don't have to live with the consequences". But I say this, you are right! cause we don't want to live with the consequences of continued poverty and crime, we want live with the consequences of Jamaica's prosperity that is why we are demanding the vote.

We are not asking to change the laws, we are only demanding what the constitution guarantees us pursuant to the rights and duty of a citizen under the UN Charter of Rights and Freedom which Jamaica is a signatory. It is an agenda for change through the creation of a cooperative democracy (a real partnership) in which the poor is afforded a safety net, and government projects, programs, and policies are evaluated for sustainability goals.

Silbert Barrett

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