Political observers may refer to me as a swing voter since I am not loyal to any political party. I change my voting behaviour from time to time given the prevailing circumstances. In 1995 I voted for the NNP because I was angry and disappointed with the Brathwaite/Brizan NDC for the debt service levy.
I did not understand then that Grenada was undergoing a self-imposed Structural Adjustment Programme that was intended to lay a solid foundation for economic growth and sustainable development. In my ignorance I voted out the first NDC and regretted that decision bitterly.
In 1999 I refused to vote because of the infighting in the
NNP. The Foreign Minister had just resigned and the NNP was fragmented. At the same time the opposition forces were also in
disarray. However, when I saw the low voter turnout and realised that the NNP had won all 15 seats I questioned my decision not to vote. I felt that somehow I had betrayed democracy, by my refusal to vote.
After its amazing 1999 victory, the NNP fused the party, state and government. There was breakdown in the public service. Public service rules were violated openly and a merit based system was replaced by loyalty to the NNP party.
What bothered me the most was the ‘development’ model. The NNP used foreign loans as the engine of ‘growth.’ While there was physical infrastructural development, it came at too high a price. Grenada’s public debt became unsustainable.
In 13 years the NNP erected a for sale sign on Grenada. I became concerned that my children will not be able to buy land in this country. Therefore, in 2008 I voted for the NDC. I had had enough of the NNP and its cancerous governance. I had had enough of political gangsterism. I wanted change.
However, I quickly became disappointed with the NDC. The infighting was derailing the government and stagnating the economy. Three months ago I was convinced that I was not voting in the upcoming general election. I was so disappointed that the NDC did not find creative ways to stimulate the economy and engage the Grenadian people more.
When the election date was announced in January, I reflected on my voting behaviour since 1995. After deep introspection I admitted to myself that I faced three choices. I could: (1) repeat what I did in
1995 and vote for the NNP; (2) repeat what I did in 1999 and refuse to vote; or (3) repeat what I did in 2008 and return the NDC to office.
After careful reflection I registered to vote on the very last day. I have decided to vote for the NDC for the following reasons:
(1). Given the development challenges that confront small states, I do not believe that one term is sufficient for any government to implement its plans and programmes;
(2). I believe that the NDC’s approach to development is more visionary than that of the NNP. I believe the NNP’s ‘development’ model puts a plaster on the sore of poverty while the NDC induces preventative measures to genuinely tackle under-development. This is a philosophical difference between the NDC and NNP!
(3). The NDC has renewed itself and has presented a very credible slate of candidates who seem to be serious-minded;
(4). In 2008 I did not vote for the NDC. I really voted against the NNP and the reasons that motivated me to vote against the NNP in 2008 are still valid: gangsterism in government; a ‘development’ model that is
unsustainable; a deep propensity for victimisation; a sense of
entitlement that the NNP owns Grenada. That sense of entitlement
(5). I was no longer undecided when I saw the MP for St. George’s South East on the NNP platform last Sunday evening. I cannot endorse this level of political pimping and utter vulgarity. I decided to do my part to ensure that this unholy alliance does not hold political power
No Longer Undecided