Lo que pasa, pasa…

The results of last night’s general election are as follows:

PNM – 26
UNC-A – 15
COP – 0

Source: http://www.guardian.co.tt/archives/2007-11-06/news8.html

Although my (and Mosquito’s) party of choice was not a winner by any means, I do not regret that I gave my vote. I took advantage of the opportunity to have a say in the political direction of my country. I only wish that more of my fellow citizens did the same. Perhaps if they had, things may have turned out differently. The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) estimates that out of the 900,000 or so registered voters, only about 56% participated in this year’s election, less than that of 2002.

Source: http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,67517.html

Certainly, in my opinion, much more could have been done throughout the campaigning period to encourage people to come out to vote, regardless of party preference. Where was the neutral, non-partisan voting advocacy group? Why did our local artistes prefer to get on the party bandwagon, “mashing up fete after fete,” as opposed to using their so-called celebrity to inspire their fans and others to vote?

But what is done, is done (“lo que pasa, pasa”). What can we, the people of Trinidad and Tobago, do in the aftermath?

It is my hope that:

The ruling party will take heed of the real numbers involved in the election – that more Trinbagonians may have voted against them than for them – and do their best to get to the root of the discontent of these citizens and moreover, try to offer innovative, viable and equitable solutions to their concerns.

The opposition (and those who gained the vote of many but did not win) will take their responsibilities seriously and do their utmost to monitor, challenge and critique the work of the incumbent, while striving to attain compromises when necessary and where possible.

The media will continue to be vigilant and watchful, will have the courage to ask the hard questions and seek answers to those questions.

The public (we) will demand that accountability, integrity and transparency be the new order of the day for our leaders and the activities that they engage in.

That’s my wish list Santa.
Please be nice to a very good girl.





~ by mangoandmosquitoblog on November 6, 2007.

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