Democracy in a pandemic environment

Dear Editor,

I write to publicly express my regard for Dr. Peter Phillips, former president of the People’s National Party (PNP) in Jamaica.

In a less than wholesome situation, approximately 30 percent of voters turned out to vote. The PNP was defeated, and Dr. Phillips resigned.

There are, however, regional implications for democracy in a pandemic environment.

Should legislation be passed to provide adequate safety/health measures that provide an acceptable level of safety for potential voters to participate?

What methodology for voting is nationally acceptable? Ought we to discuss and implement measures which protect voters from COVID-19 while giving voice to the true will of the voters?!

Or are we content to be enslaved by dictators intent on furthering their dictatorship over us?! We need to publicly address the enemy within before being consumed by their greed, arrogance and other malices that confront us.

The alternative is asylum applications abroad.

Damian Gomez, QC

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