The political monopoly of the two so-called major parties are fielding 80 candidates between them.

There are 16 other parties fielding 65 candidates in today’s general election and also five independent candidates. That is 70 candidates other than the political monopoly.

There are 41 elections for Members of Parliament that make up today’s election.

But, the political monopoly tells electors that whom you choose as your parliamentary representative is not important once you put either side of the monopoly in office either as government or opposition.

With the number of options available in these elections, Electors have the opportunity to choose which candidate they feel can best represent them in Parliament.

The electors must make the correct choice of representative.

For those who have been saying “no more red or yellow”, scrutinise and question every candidate and choose your best representative.

The line-up of candidates in today’s election more resembles the choices that existed before the cementing of the two-party monopoly in 1956-58.

This is your opportunity to break out of the choiceless two-party trap and elect a Parliament of representatives first.

Reject the political monopoly parties’ narratives against the other parties and independent candidates and their right to contest the elections.

Once you make the correct choice, the parliamentarians will select the government from among themselves following the rules in our Constitution.

The crisis facing our nation and society calls for a different kind of Parliament, a Parliament for the national interest; not another Parliament of sectoral party interests.

Clyde Weatherhead

via e-mail

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