[Written by Erwin P. Adderley & David J. Tavares] Whenever the term Independent Candidate is mentioned the most often heard comment is, a vote for an independent candidate is a wasted vote. Is it?
Recent polls consistently reveal that approximately one third of the people polled list their political preference as “undecided”. They may be having difficulty choosing between two diametrically opposing ideologies or they may be having difficulty in choosing between the two candidates with different skill sets.
Mr Tavares on the left, Mr Adderley on the right:
If they remain undecided on Election Day the only choices that they have is to vote for one of the two parties/individuals or stay at home and not vote at all.
Notwithstanding the fact that approximately one third of the electorate is composed of people who do not ascribe to the political parties, the electorate has elected the United Bermuda Party (UBP) from 1968 to 1998, and the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) from 1998 to date.
While the other two-thirds of the electorate are almost evenly split between the two extreme ideologies of both the PLP and the OBA/UBP, the open-minded approach of independent–thinking people has made the difference.
Independents are similar in many respects to the one third of the people who when polled listed their political preference as “undecided” in that they too believe that the political party system is too partisan, too closed-minded, and are beholden to special interests.
The choice between two diametrically opposing ideologies is not the best of choices for Bermuda, particularly at this time. Right now, Bermuda needs to have all of her people working together for the common objective of helping us to rebound from this economic malaise.
This is not the time for blaming one another. Right now, Bermuda needs the option of another alternative, a middle of the road option, or the option of an honest broker capable of evaluating both sides and promoting the side which in his or her opinion represents the best interest of all of Bermuda.
- Erwin P. Adderley and David J. Tavares both plan to run as Independent candidates in the upcoming election. Mr Tavares plans to run in C#8 Smith’s South against the OBA’s Cole Simons and the PLP’s Linda Merritt, while Mr Adderley plans to run in C#19 Pembroke West against the PLP’s Vince Ingham and the OBA’s Jeanne Atherden.
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