Thursday, April 18, 2024

Checklist for voting decision

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Fellow Barbadians, as general elections draw near I started thinking about a rationale that could help me to decide how to vote.

As a country and a people, we expect that an administration should focus on making the country better so that we, the voters, can see constant improvement in our living standards.

With this in mind, I decided to make a simple checklist of things that are the Government’s responsibility and ask basic yes or no questions to help me make my decision on how to vote. I decided to share it, in the hope that you might find it useful. I find it keeps me focused on the real issues and not on whatever politicians expound on political platforms during election time that may distract me from the real issues:

• Have our living standards improved under this administration?

• Have taxes decreased?

• Are the roads better?

• Has garbage collection improved?

• Have sewage and sanitation improved?

• Has water management improved?

• Is public transport better?

• Are the health services better?

• Have government services improved?

• Has the economy improved?

• Have our foreign reserves increased?

• Has Government debt gone down?

• Is Freundel Stewart a good leader?

• Has this administration been transparent?

• Is there less corruption?

• Has the Government done a good job of solving problems?

• Do I have confidence that this administration can solve the problems of the country?

• Do I trust this administration?

• Should I vote for this administration?

– DERECK FOSTER

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