A Fresh Look at Voting Divisions

24 May

A future PDC Government shall make sure that all CONSTITUENCIES and electoral (polling) districts are renamed in this country.

Thus, that there shall no longer be the St Michael South CONSTITUENCY, the St. George North CONSTITUENCY, the St. John CONSTITUENCY, the St. Lucy CONSTITUENCY, Christ Church East CONSTITUENCY, the St. James Central CONSTITUENCY, the St. Philip West CONSTITUENCY, etc.

Thus, there shall no longer be electoral ( polling ) districts DA 1, DA 2, DA 3, and all the others within the national CONSTITUENCY ( the total number of CONSTITUENCIES in the country).

Such a policy shall also apply to any future CONSTITUENCIES and future electoral ( polling) districts that ( in regard of CONSTITUENCIES ) are created and that are so named on the basis of the parishes in which they fall ( exclusively or substantially ), and that (in regard of electoral ( polling ) districts) are created in any of the CONSTITUENCIES and that carry such nondescript meaningless titles, in between the time now and whenever we become at the helm of government in this country

These CONSTITUENCIES and districts shall be so named after prominent Barbadians who either in the past or in the present ( at the same time ) would have done great and extraordinary service to the particular CONSTITUENCIES, or would have been outstanding in whatever fields in life and would have arisen from or resided in those particular CONSTITUENCIES and electoral districts or would have been for whatever reasons established for a good deal of time in them.

Hence, we strongly believe in the following and more –

1) that CONSTITUENCIES must as much as possible be seen by many Barbadians as being different from the entire colonial names and other colonial and post colonial human made things that are politically governmentally characteristic of the parishes in this country;

2) that CONSTITUENCIES for purely electoral political purposes must as much as possible have their own identities;

3) that such identities must center around paying homage and respect to the personalities that would have rendered – that would have been rendering outstanding meritorious service in whatever regards in those CONSTITUENCIES;

4) that those present and past personalities by being granted such recognition would bring a greater sense of local history and culture to many others of the real meaning and importance of CONSTITUENTS/CONSTITUENCIES;

5) that by granting such recognition would also entail the beginning of a substantial redefinition in the political language and behaviour associated with the theoretical CONSTITUENCY away from the primary operating variables – voting – party – Representation of the People’s Act – House of Assembly seats – to where it ( definitional language ) rightfully “modernistically” belong – CONSTITUENCY BUILDING – the CONSTITUENT – a CONSTITUENTS Bill of Rights – CONSTITUENCY ASSEMBLIES – WHERE CONSTITUENTS will initiate and debate and pass the laws of this country

6) that with the establishment of such features ( in 5 ), and other relevant features, the further development of the nation building process shall be guaranteed away from, and as a partial substitute for – the excessive party based governmental politics that is too much corrupting and dividing our country.

and

7) that electoral ( polling) districts – being themselves constituent parts of CONSTITUENCIES – must actually reflect all the above and more considerations – (1 to 6 ).

So, there you go.

VOTE PDC for real and substantial change for the better in Barbados.

PDC

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One Response to “A Fresh Look at Voting Divisions”

  1. The People's Democratic Congress May 25, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    The armed conflict in Jamaica between the government’s security forces and many armed civilians is NOT a civil war – as is being referred to by some persons in many internet forums.

    Also, it is neither a civil unrest nor a revolution – as is also being referred to by some others on many other internet forums.

    The present armed conflict can best be described as a
    low level domestic inter-factional armed conflict.

    With even some of the major ingredients of the theory of war, e.g. the fight for more resources, for more land, the bid by the bigger fighting force to dominate and control and subjugate the weaker, material stagnation, the loss of national prestige, loss of territory – being out of the picture in this Jamaican case, it was still necessary to define such a conflict.

    Therefore, to arrive at what it is, it was necessary too before hand to understand:

    1) the underlying causes of it;

    2) where and in what parts of the country it is taking place;

    3) the number of able bodied people that is involved on the different sides;

    4) the level of organization and training and military experience that is involved on the different sides;

    5) the amount and levels of technological advancement of the war machines, weaponry, communication and control, propagandistic, logistical, and other military capabilities and existences on the various sides, and that are most likely to be used up by any of the sides, and at what human and other costs, and at what human and other costs to replenish;

    6) the moral, psychological, political, physical, financial and other supports given to the different sides – from internal and external sources and in exchange for what;

    7) the level of intellectual, ideological, motivational and other capacities of the leaders on the various sides;

    the extent to which civilian politicians exercize control over the military leaders;

    9) the class orientations of the majority of those that are involved in it;

    and,

    10) the length of time that it will run, and if so, what it will most likely evolved into in the long run – some thing more progressive, something regressive, degenerative or stagnative;

    Hence, the fact that

    1) this conflict was caused through many of Mr. Coke’s supporters using him as a pretext to have an armed conflict with the government’s security forces – is a relatively small issue;

    2) that this conflict has been primarily centered in the urban congestion of some parts of Kingston – not ideally suited for serious conventional warfare;

    3) that the number of combatants from the various factions cannot number any more than 6 000 people out of a total Jamaican population of about 2.7 million (2000) – the Jamaican military being near 4000 strong – from an incomplete list of the size of the militaries of countries on the basis of the number of servicemen and servicewomen (wikipedia.org);

    4) that the level of organization, training and military experience for a conflict of this nature is of such a low scale/ register that – even though the securiy forces of the government are better organized and prepared, better trained, and more experienced (serving in Haiti, etc) than the other factions – the question must be why lose so much materially and financially in view of 1 above;

    5) that the amount and levels of technological advancement of the war machines – the most being armoured personnel carriers, utility non-attack helicopters – wikipedia.org), weaponry ( the most – mortars, grenade launchers- wikipedia.org), communication and control, propagandistic, logistical, and other military capabilities and existences on the various sides, and that are most likely to be used up by any of the sides in this Jamaican conflict, and at what human and other costs to lose, and at what human and other costs to replenish – are menial – though in favour of the government not the other factions – whatever little;

    6) the moral, psychological, political, physical, financial and other supports given to the different sides – from internal and external sources, and in exchange for what – are small too – but more in favour of the government forces – most military purchases from USA/UK/Canada,etc;

    7) the level of intellectual, ideological, motivational and other capacities of the leaders on the various sides, are going to be moderate in favour of the government forces: The Prime Minister of Jamaica, the JDF chief, the Constabulary chief; etc. But, who and where are the known leaders of these non-governmental armed factions?

    8)the extent to which civilian politicians exercize control over the leaders of the actual fighting factions in this Jamaican conflict – only relates to where the Prime Minister of Jamaica – who is also Minister of Defence in Jamaica, and by extension the Cabinet of Jamaica – exercize control over the leaders of national security forces – but never relates to who really control the small time leaders of the other fighting factions in this conflict – who remain largely unknown. Civilian political leaders, in net terms, are better able to gauge the levels of resources and finances that are needed for war/ military conflicts, and better able to get the financial oligarchs, the broad masses, etc. to support them and their efforts in such conflicts;

    9) The class orientations of the majority of those involved in this Jamaican conflict are NOT the elites and the middle classes and not even a wide cross section of the social classes, BUT the poor – the moneyless, propertyless, leaderless, who are divided between those who take instructions from the leaders in the government’s security forces – which has the majority of advantages so far – and those who take instructions from the leaders of other factions that are not as organized and endowed as the government;

    must mean that,

    10) It is clear from the afore going (the latter 1 – 9 points) that this Jamaica conflict will not last long – less than a week at least and two weeks the most, and that – without international military support esp. for the non-governmental factions – it will degenerate into the equivalent of the normal civil disturbances and the outbreaks of armed violence that are seen in Jamaica – with the security forces achieving control of most of the volatile areas in question in Kingston and elsewhere.

    In the end, the dapperly dressed Mr Coke – no real don it seems – will either turn himself into the authorities or flee Jamaica to some where else ( the latter being very improbable though).

    So, there you go.

    PDC

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