This view although somewhat patriotic is neither logical nor practical. Firstly, to facilitate the voting process from overseas would require a secure method that ensures a free and fair progression that would bridge the geographical gap. This would require specific technology that will be expensive to the country. Secondly, being outside Jamaican borders affect the grasp on reality of the current events, issues and needs of the country. How can one participate in the electoral process if they are unaware of what is happening locally and be aware as to how will the mandate of the political party supported affect and address the issues that are paramount for the benefit of the nation?
Another reason is the concern as to how will the issues of representation be addressed within local government. How will matters and follow up be relayed to the councilors and Members of Parliament (MP)? Is it fair and just that the Jamaican Diaspora which is not subjected to the taxes, legislation and governance of the country be allowed to affect the electoral process and outcome? No, I do not think it is practical to accommodate such a request. The Jamaican Diaspora cannot be allowed to take part in the electoral process anymore than an American citizen be allowed to carry on as an MP. The Jamaican Diaspora may aid Jamaica, their homeland in other methods beneficial to the country. One such example is to foster foreign investments, funding of charities, scholarships or mentorship programs just to name a few.