Editorial: Manifestos

POSTED: 08/29/14 2:28 AM

With Election Day approaching rapidly, the electorate has to make up its mind and determine which party is the best option for the next four years.

We have no rightwing, leftwing or green parties in St. Maarten and the manifestos the parties have put out are mindboggling. They are no easy read, but that is not the worst for conscious voters who want to find the difference between party A and party B, C, D, and E.

All manifestos are stuffed with good intentions, but they all miss two important elements: timetables and financial chapters.

This makes it all but impossible to assess when a party is going to do what and how they are going to pay for it. This leaves taxpayer completely in the dark even though they are the ones that put the money on the table.

If there is any lesson to be learned from this first true election for the Parliament of Country St. Marten, it is that we need rules for the format and the content of these manifestos. Without it, they are close to worthless.

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