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Give the students a chance says G2K



G2K | 2015-11-17 00:00:00

The University Chapters of Generation 2000 (G2K) at the University of the West Indies Mona, The University of Technology, Caribbean Maritime Institute, The MICO University College, and Northern Caribbean University have jointly raised concerns about the possibility of an election being called and held during their exam season. The group has made a resounding call to the Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller to not disenfranchise university students by setting the General Election date before December 15, 2015.

The group stated that thousands of university students have registered to vote for the first time in their lives and are eagerly awaiting their chance to take part in the process. Many of them have made significant efforts to ensure that their names will be on the voters list that will be published at the end of November.

“University Students generally have exams during the first two weeks of December. This can be an incredibly stressful time for students and faculty alike. If an election is forced upon students during that exam window, it will be taken as a total disregard for the youth and the challenges we face,” said Mr. Kedon Clarke, Chairman of the G2K Chapter at UWI. He went on to state, “We have students from as far as St James and Westmoreland who have desires of participating in the election. From our assessment, over 15,000 students across our institutions could be inconvenienced if any elections were to be called in such a delicate period, which is in our measured judgment not good for democracy,”

The G2K affiliated groups are jointly calling for an election date after the examination period and for campaigns on issues of growth, development and prosperity; so that these young bright minds can be engaged in robust discussions and debates about the way forward for Jamaica, as well as travel to their respective communities across the island in good and safe timing.




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