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Jan 4, 2012

Shoman’s election lessons via Jamaica

Lisa Shoman

Senator Lisa Shoman has recently completed her duty as head of an OAs observer mission that oversaw the Jamaica elections. Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female prime minister led her party to a landslide victory against the ruling party. By all accounts it was an early election called and lost by former Prime Minister Robert Golding’s for his handling of notorious drug lord Christopher Coke.  Shoman says that there are lessons to be learned from the recent Jamaica experience.

Via Phone: Senator Lisa Shoman

“Well I am sure the pundits will have their several theories, but the election was called early and I believe—and it is only my opinion—that the Prime Minister was convinced that with tough economic times ahead and the possibility of the bloom being off the early romance that he was having with the people of Jamaica; that it was probably time for him to go to an election. But what it says is that people are deeply, deeply troubled by the economic situation and that that comes foremost more that popularity, more than tribalism; more than anything else. And I think that there are in fact some lessons there for Belize and for politicians in Belize.  I would say that you ignore the electorate at your own peril, but more importantly you ignore the economic situation: the cry for jobs, the crime situation—those are the things people care about. The hype, the noise, the ads, the who is smarter than who, the who could be rougher in the National Assembly and who can speak better than whom; those aren’t the issues that people care about. They care about how you are going to deal with their economy and they care about how you are going to create jobs for them. Those are the things that they care about. And no politician who is unable to offer solutions for that is going to gain the trust of the people. The people care about substance, they don’t care about hype.”

Portia Simpson will be installed as prime minister on Thursday.

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5 Responses for “Shoman’s election lessons via Jamaica”

  1. Earl Grey says:

    Lisa Shoman for PRIME MINISTER!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll vote for her.

  2. Jones says:

    “They don’t care about hype”. Tell me who in Belize is educated enough to understand anything else but “hype”. The people in Belize are the same as people in Africa. They don’t understand politics, just hand-outs. No one, not even this woman, knows what the hell they are doing besides taking a huge portion of the peoples monies and putting it right in their pocket. 2012 will hit Belize Hard and the people will suffer. This is a fact! Good luck Belize or should I say the next little Haiti.

  3. Earl Grey says:


  4. ProudBelizean says:

    I second both of your comments, Earl Grey. Lisa is a perfect for Prime Minister and has a perfect professional record. Get educated

  5. Jasmine betancourt says:


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