Few Jamaicans will support mandatory voting


Sunday, January 26, 2014    

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THE state and the government are empowered by the constitution to be a machinery of coercion. The idea behind such coercion -- for example, the power of the police to arrest and the power of the judiciary to impose time in prison -- is that ultimately it will be for the greater good of the society.

Recently, when Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) MP Everald Warmington's mouth exposed the political turmoil inside him and he said, 'If you don't vote, you don't count', a Gleaner editorial gave it unwarranted elevation and attempted to build a steel ladder out of a bunch of straw.

I didn't get the sense that Mr Warmington's outbursts were anything other than the immediacy which seems to underpin the man's thought processes. Had he previously felt so strongly that voting as a right should be...

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