ILP not to blame for splitting the votes
As an election bystander who chose not to vote owing to the poor governance meted out by the Partnership government and the PNM, I am now watching in dismay and perhaps disgust over the blame placed on the ILP for the outcome of the 2013 local government elections.
Did anybody ask the real question—why did so many people turn to the ILP and ‘split’ the votes?
Whether the ILP camp consisted of disenchanted Partnership or PNM supporters or the undecideds, there was something—an energy or aura that led people to the “green magnificence of Jack”. Was it because Jack’s presence was felt at the ground level? Was it because the population is fed up of the corruption, nepotism and “eat ah food” culture of the Govt? Was it because the PNM wasn’t seen as a viable alternative?
I can’t answer this, but the point is that the Partnership and perhaps the PNM did not possess that attractive, inspiring quality this population demands. Maybe the ILP wasn’t the best choice either, but they presented an avenue of hope and change, perhaps in the same way that the PP had packaged itself in 2010 and convincingly won the 2010 general election.