Letters & Opinion

Electing the Right Independent Representative

Image of Kensley Peter Charlemange
Image of Kensley Peter Charlemange
Independent Eye by Kensley Peter Charlemange

I am convinced that we can build a new political system in Saint Lucia.

Last week, I stated how we can begin the process by implementing the Independent Model. The goal is to get at least 17 viable independent candidates to run in the next elections, one in each constituency.

I did state that the electorate needed to be perceptive and elect the right persons into office.

Allow me to extract from an article that I submitted to The VOICE in 2011 entitled “Qualification. Qualifications! Qualifications?”

But just what qualities should such representatives possess?

Allow me to prescribe the following list which is by no means exhaustive:
• the ability to innovate; thinking out of the box
• the stability of mind to make rational decisions
• the ability to think logically, process and organize information
• the ability to effectively organize tasks and oversee the execution of events and projects
• good planning abilities and time management skills
• the ability to multi-task and delegate duties effectively
• the ability to formulate and effectively communicate ideas and intentions
• the ability to command the respect of the people whom he or she leads, complimented with the ability to motivate and energize people into action
• the ability to accept criticism; constructive and non-constructive
• the patience and the tolerance to dealt with difficult personalities
• the tolerance to accept differences of opinion and behaviour
• the humility of character to admit when one is wrong and to see his position as one of servitude and not authority
• the ability to do the maths and interpret data both qualitative and quantitative
• the ability to manage money and to stretch a dollar
• the tenacity to see difficult goals and objectives to completion
• the ability to make tough decisions and to take responsibility for actions whether the resulting outcomes are positive or negative
• the ability to negotiate and make suitable compromises
• honesty of heart
• integrity of purpose
• have the fear of God and an inclination to doing right

The Good Book posits: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverb 29:2

It was the late Prime Minister Sir John Compton who said on the Newsmaker Live programme of February 21, 2001: “We need the best brains. Perhaps I am not one of them…

“I think we are in for a hard time, but I think we can get out of it if we work together.

“St. Lucia has a lot to offer. If the resources are properly mobilized, the prospects are good.”

Kensley Peter Charlemagne saying:, “Keep your eyes and minds open to change and keep the feedback coming at independentlyyours@live.com.”

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