Dominican Republic – The Empire’s Caribbean Democracy and Corruption Showcase

The country is unable to resolve its myriad deep challenges, due to this rampant corruption. Some of its grim statistics are: Over 700,000 youth which neither work nor study (known as the "ninis"), a spine chilling high rate of murders of women by their partners which the government mostly ignores, an endemic rate of child marriages, rampant poverty in large sectors of society, a public health system on the edge, and large sectors of the population without running water, as well as constant blackouts which particularly affect the commercial sector.

#GETT2020 ‘Who won? Certainly Not The People’

With clear advice for the #GETT2020 candidates and to those who step forward to challenge the UNC/PNM monopoly in the future the former Secretary/Treasurer and President of the Public Service Association suggests a way forward. 'You must now thoroughly analyze this experience and the entire electoral and political processes of this society and draw appropriate conclusions. You must understand and correct the errors and shortcomings of this effort. You must continue to fight for the democratic renewal of the electoral and political processes for the sake of the people and the future of the society.’

Jamaican General Election Set for September 3

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday named September 3, as the date for the 18th general election since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944. In the last general election, the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won 33 of the 63 seats contested with the remainder going to the People’s National Party (PNP).

Trinidad and Tobago General Election 2020: Winning Candidates By Constituency

Commentators have contrasted the speed with which Trinidad and Tobago's incumbent Prime Minister declared victory in the 2020 General Election. Several compared the long delay and legal disputes in confirming a winner in Guyana's March 2020 poll. Both countries have similar cultural, socio-economic and political contradictions, 2 polarised political parties representing apparently ethnic/racial communities, seemingly intractable post colonial problems and with oil/gas as natural assets attract vultures and corbeaux to the region. Guyana took 5 months to solve their election stalemate. TT's PM took a few hours to announce a result. Although the UNC signal an intention to contest results in some constituencies, for both States what problems have been solved? Are the people any closer to power, empowered as decision makers or are dysfunctional political processes which keep the people at arms length from democratic participation entrenched further?

Trinidad and Tobago General Election 2020

Elections campaigns in TT mirror the entrenched political culture of the Westminster model. Large well established parties dominates the political environment and encourages supporters to vote to endorse it’s programme during local and national election campaigns. It’s certain that this practice will continue for #TTGE2020. This year several smaller parties and independent candidates will also participate.

Foreign Interference in Guyana Must End

The current electoral crisis in that country is, itself, the product of previous foreign interference, when in 1953, the British and Americans overthrew the first government elected on the basis of universal suffrage and the British army occupied the country. Using its well tested colonial policy of ‘divide and rule’ the British instigated splits in the anti-colonial movement and divided the people on the basis of whether they originated from Africa or India. This communal division and its attendant racism have become institutionalised in Guyana and are the source of the current election stalemate.

Elections in the Caribbean and the Need for People’s Empowerment

Today, the system of party government across the region operates on the basis of patronage. Parties exist for the sole reason of gathering enough votes to win elections and anything goes in order to achieve that goal. The struggle between the contending parties to take control of the government has become increasingly vicious since those involved consider the stakes to be very high. Winning the election means not only opportunities for personal enrichment for the leading members of these parties but also the possibility of dispensing government contracts, jobs and services to their followers.