By Josefina Josepha | Caribbean News Now
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao — The independent polling research for the 2016 Curacao election conducted by Caribbean News Now has indicated that, if elections were to be held today, the Democratic Party would receive the largest percentage of the votes, while still falling short of an overall majority, thus resulting in another coalition government.
In the Olympics, when Curacao sprinter Churandy Martina failed to finished in the top three fastest, it was just a matter of hundredth of a second and milliseconds that separated him from the 100 meter accolade standing as among the three fastest men on earth.
However, the creator of the popular cliché that says “size does not matter”, never visited Curacao during a general election, because it is not applicable to the current system in the 2016 political race, especially when there may exist a four-way race percentage differential with none of the political parties receiving an overall majority consensus.
Therefore, size is not everything, especially in Curacao’s 2016 political race where parliamentary representative democracy rules, as seen from Table 1.0
In the face of Brexit, FATCA, the lease on the Isla Refinery ending, the call for lower utilities, the appointment of a new governor general, an increase in terrorism and a seemingly projected decline in tourism to the Caribbean despite tourism agencies that claim zika is no threat, the pope’s insistence on open borders and a US election that may have a surprise as to what funding may be available to the Dutch Caribbean, Curacao may not be able to withstand another coalition government for a full term as many local political pundits are starting to accept.
Besides, the party with the most votes doesn’t actually walk away with the prize of control of the government and this is known as the Emily de Jongh Phenomenon in Curacao politics as a result of the GSE, which is not the abbreviation for general secondary education, but is, however, the abbreviation for the “Gerrit Schotte Effect”, and his style of apparent leadership, which is becoming more appealing to other young political hopefuls like him, but who are not even in his own party, the so-called “Schottetje”.
According to the results of election polling research, it seems that all parties must go through MAN if they wish to secure the confidence of Parliament, the SVC-3 (Staten Van Curacao third session). See table 2.0