Some requirements for our politicians: It is time to vote differently

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article which has been republished from Caribbean News Global, was written by Drexwell Seymour from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting at age 19 and a MBA in Finance at age 20. In 1992 at age 22, he took and passed all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. He is currently part of a credit union exploratory committee and hopes to have credit unions established soon in the TCI. His articles are also posted on his website

Although written in a Turks and Caicos Islands context, the message bears relevance for all Caribbean democracies. 



The majority of us perhaps vote for individuals based on the affiliation with a political party and therefore no matter who the party endorses to run, that individual will win. Most times, we know they are not the right person but we still vote for them because they represent the party of our choice.

As we prepare for elections in 2020/21, let us vote differently by voting for the best individual no matter their political persuasion.

This article will summarize some of the requirements for our politicians in the upcoming general election and beyond.

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  1. Michael
    September 30, 2019

    I concur with the criteria suggested by the author except for his first two. By saying one needs to be a Christian and believe in (one) God, he excludes people of other faiths from participation in the political process. We are democracies not theocracies.

  2. ME
    September 30, 2019

    The truth in its simplest form will always question the status quo. This article is right on point.

    It simply says let your conscience be your guide :roll: :arrow: :lol: :!:

  3. Shaka zulu
    September 30, 2019

    Our people dont seem to get it. Craziness.

  4. Roger Burnett
    September 29, 2019

    I am surprised that the writer – presumably of African decent – makes his first two requirements adherent to a faith that did much to bond his people to slavery.

  5. Efficacious
    September 29, 2019

    The result of this election will decide the fate of the country. I would have advised the public to vote sensibly and not differently, I was hoping that these two words would have appeared, honesty and ,INTEGRETY. Let me balance the situation,the present PM NEVER had some much money to play with before and want another five years.The opposition party is saying they want a slice of the cake.hard work for Bothe sides and may the best man win

  6. Langue Kabwit
    September 29, 2019

    Very interesting and educational article, worth reading.

  7. September 29, 2019

    This is so true people should read this it make a lot of sense as our political parties are misleading the people most of the time and the people are falling for their lies so I urge people to read this article

  8. Dr Clayton Shillingford
    September 29, 2019

    I wonder how our politicians would score against these criteria,,

  9. Galileo
    September 29, 2019

    I found it rather interesting that such an academically sound mind mentioned absolutely nothing about academic qualifications. Probably he is intelligent enough to know that it is not absolutely necessary and ofcourse he is supported by the framers of our constitution.

    • Real Dominican
      September 30, 2019

      Did Labour mafe a mistake when they elected Piere Charles, an unlettered man, a man with basic education to be the Leader of the Party and the Prime Minister?

  10. RandyX
    September 29, 2019

    This is a very well written article and a lot of Dominicans would do well to read and reflect on it. In the particular the paragraph about ‘honesty’ is so damaging to our PM that I refrain from highlighting any others. The future of Dominica is at all your hands!!

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