Election Is Over – The People Won Bigtime
What an election! Marked by low turnout but clearly was a referendum on the ruling ABLP. And though the ABLP retained government by the slimmest of majority, they suffered major casualties, some of which were unexpected. Some of the results were so close that this contest could have gone either way..
We now have to get back to some semblance of normalcy in the interest of Antigua and Barbuda. There is much work to be done and it is now that the hard work begins.
With a very slim majority and more opposition in parliament, governing is not going to be the same for the ABLP.
For the first time in a long while we are poised to see some robust debates in parliament with more effort made to seek bipartisanship in the passage of legislation. .
The makeup of parliament augurs well for the country and it is a big plus for the citizens. I think that most people are now looking forward to a more effective and robust opposition with the election of some new firepower.
An effective Opposition is in everybody’s interest, Including the Government. Lack of an effective opposition might have been responsible for where we are today.
Our political system is based on open debate and political competition, where ideas meet, clash and are accepted, or rejected, by majorities of citizens.
The best ideas come from this confrontation, and so if there is no competition for power, the result is lose-lose for everyone.
With no competition, citizens find that their voice is not heard and therefore retreat from politics—an action that is deadly for democracy. We might have witnessed much of this in the past..
Having a smart, competitive opposition is not only good for the opposition but it also pushes the government to do better, re-think its action and deliver to the citizens to keep its competitive edge and win the next elections.
Parliamentary democracy is based on the party system of government. It is a government by criticism and exposition and therefore, it has to be governed by two political parties – a party in power and a party in Opposition.
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