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"Jamaicans are going to the polls on 29 December"

The Jamaican electorate faces a choice between political parties appealing to their passions and frustrations. However only objective thinking brings about sustainable change, argues Tamica Parchment, 24, from Kingston.

There is a Chinese proverb that says ‘crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind’. It is a saying which is even more relevant as time passes.

As the economic and social structures of our countries become uncertain, many young people are frustrated and are using this difficult time as an opportunity to become activists and ardent supporters of their political party of choice.

However, passion and frustration cannot be the only motivators for the desire of change. We must use facts to help us make our decisions. Jamaica will be going to the polls on 29 December and there is much campaigning, use of social media and many advertisements.

The problem, according to many analysts, is that there has not been a specific focus by the parties on pressing issues and proposed solutions. Jamaica is in a predicament. While we have made many advances, our economy continues to be a major obstacle to our development and a country that suffers from economic problems will always have other troubles, such as crime, high inequality and unemployment.

Therefore it is disheartening to see young Jamaicans become active in movements and political parties without demanding to see the concrete solutions that these groups will bring. This is apparent all over the world.

For example, many young people in the U.S.A. have latched on to the Occupy movement which wants the distribution of wealth to be more equal. But how realistic is this idea in a capitalist society that thrives on economic inequality? Peaceful protesting is good, support of a party that shares your mindset is good, but can it bring real change? Or are you distracted by the lights; flashy campaigns, charismatic leaders and beautiful visuals?

If you want to make a good decision when it comes to deciding where to use your activism, all you need to do is realize that choosing a movement or party is like choosing an employee. Would you want an employee who had a nice appearance, but had no tested history of dealing with pressure or making crucial decisions? Would you want an employee who cannot make sustainable long term plans to improve your company on a specific time line, or an employee who does not focus on the issues that may make or break your company?

Examine (objectively) the movement or candidate of your choice and if your questions cannot be answered , then you may need to reassess your support. If you cannot find an answer in a manifesto or on a website, get into contact with your local representative of the party or movement.

In times like these, you cannot afford to be lured by politics and movements becoming entertainment and pop culture moments, after all, what happens when the moment has ended? Be vigilant and demand change based on facts, not perception.

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About me:

“I’m a television editor/producer and business communications specialist. I have a first degree in media and communications and international relations. I enjoy classic literature, art, studying languages and reading about foreign policy and other political issues.

“I have two goals I would like to achieve in my lifetime: to travel to many places around the world and to make an impact through media by encouraging behavioural change.”

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?

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