Some of us like to party hearty. Fete all over the place. We like weddings and even funerals but making the effort to vote in a local government election is never a priority. If some 70 per cent of people eligible to vote decided that only general elections are really important, something is wrong.
In a country with just over one million voters, winning a portion of a 30 per cent turnout does not guarantee future popularity. At present, disgruntled and unemployed voters could be smiling one year from now. Projects in the pipeline to improve the economy will be on stream.
There are several citizens supporting the sitting PNM government who erroneously believe that enough people would go to vote. Thousands of supporters at the closing rally and thousands more at every meeting held, so why bother? And indeed enough supporters voted and happily shared a 7/7 win.
The big why of 70 per cent of voters staying home must be addressed. On the other hand, does the Opposition forces who voted represent a true estimate of those loyal to the leadership of Kamla Persad-Bissesser? Discreet rumbling over Opposition leadership issues should not be ignored.
Ask yourself this: Did those who view her record of some nine previous political losses as bad political business, prefer staying at home until the general elections of 2020?
How really popular is the United National Congress?
It is said that popularity is a direct result of the closure of the Petrotrin refinery?
Am I asking nonsense?