SOUTH FLORIDA – Today (September 7th) is Election Day in Trinidad and Tobago and it is a lot more critical than some suspect. Even from out distant perspective here in south Florida, the elections have come at the end of what has to be described as a most unfortunate election campaign.
News reports indicate that race and ethnicity was used in the campaign in an effort to appeal to potential voters in a way that many Trinidad and Tobago nationals have never seen before. What appeared like election campaign goodies came pouring down even up to Saturday evening. Disrespect reigned as if it was the norm.
One thing is sure following today’s election is this, come Tuesday (September 8th) a lot of repairs are going to be needed to be made to the country’s psyche. Whichever of the two main political groupings is victorious it will have to mend a number of wounds politics has dealt the country.
A top fix that Trinidad and Tobago will have to make following today’s election is to set a permanent date for elections. As long as a Prime Minister in which ever country, anywhere in the world, has the sole power to decide when elections are called, the people, mostly the politicians have no right to claim the country is politically mature.
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