Let's Make A New Jamaica!
The current constitution is not Jamaican. It was forced upon us at independence by a former slave master. It is designed to perpetuate a master-slave economy. The UIC has developed a Jamaican Constitutional framework that will grant sovereignty to the People of Jamaica for the first time.
Candidate, Joseph L. Patterson with PR Director, Mark Cameron during the 2016 General Elections.
The role and purpose of government in a free society is to protect your individual liberty and ensure your security. This includes promoting equal opportunity, equal rights and equal justice for all in a safe, clean and orderly society. No one individual, party or group should control your government. Government must be controlled by the People and the Rule of Law. It must exist to protect your freedom, your purchasing power and the sovereignty of your country.
The United Independents’ Congress (UIC) is a political movement committed to creating a Nonpartisan Democratic Republic of Jamaica with a new and truly Jamaican constitution that promotes good governance. We will establish a safe, clean and orderly Jamaica where every citizen enjoys equal opportunity, equal rights and equal justice. This new Jamaican will bring out the best in our people and secure our economic independence in this generation.
The UIC became a political party in order to change the way government works. We will make it more accountable and responsive to you and your community. You can help to elect a majority of UIC Representatives as Members of Parliament and create the Jamaica you deserve.
Jamaica has been trying for over 70 years, since 1944, to operate under a system that does not work the majority of our people. It is a system that creates tribalism, poverty and crime. The UIC will replace it with a system that better protects you and which promotes your liberty and prosperity.
To help prevent corruption, abuse of power and overreach in authority, the UIC will separate the three branches of government as outlined above. The Executive Branch, The Senate and The House of Representatives will each be non-partisan and, as such, independent of the other.
The Executive Branch will comprise a nationally elected President (together with a General Secretary and Treasury Secretary as running mates); 3 Vice Presidents (one elected by each county - Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey); and 11 Secretaries of Departments nominated by the President.
The Department Secretaries are equivalent to what we call Ministers of Government today. However, unlike Ministers who are appointed by the Prime Minister at will from among elected or appointed party faithfuls via the Senate, Department Secretaries will be nominated by the President from among the most qualified Jamaicans willing to make themselves available to serve.
These nominees of the President will be publicly vetted by the Senate and then voted into office by the House of Representatives. This will help to ensure quality Department Secretaries instead of mere political appointments that may or may not be qualified or competent to do the job.
Government works best when there are proper checks and balances to prevent corruption, abuse of power and overreach in authority. The UIC will replace the Queen of England, Governor General and Prime Minister with a President that is directly nominated and elected by the people in a national election. Political parties will no longer be able to dictate your Head of Government.
Currently Senators are appointed by the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader. This takes away their independence and makes them weak. The UIC will eliminate the 21 partisan appointment and allow each parish to elect 14 Senators to represent their interests instead of the interests of a party or a party leader.
Political parties and their leadership also currently dictates or influence who gets to sit as Members of Parliament for the 63 constituency. The UIC will allow the people of each constituency to nominate and elect their own representative to sit in a House of Representatives. Your representative must represent your community, not a political party or special interest group.
President, Joseph L. Patterson at the Daily Observer Newspapper
How Does A Non-Partisan Democratic Republic Work?
The key to a non-partisan democracy is 100% public financing of campaigns and no provisions for political parties our other special interest groups in the constitution, regulations or electoral process. In other words, the nomination, election or government laws, policies and procedures will make no provisions for political parties, even though groups and parties are free to exist.
100% Public Funding
This means candidates can receive no private funding and cannot use personal funds for their campaigns. They must follow a strict process of qualification and campaigning in order to access public funding and to communicate their message.
The nomination process will be completely community driven and aided by political publicly funded education seminars and workshops. There will be no party name, party colours or symbols by candidates while securing nominators or during campaigns. Only the candidates name, resume and platform may be communicated to potential supporters.
The election process will be void of any party names, party colours or party symbols. Candidates may only showcase their names, pictures, resume and platform in campaign communications, material and literature. The voting ballots will likewise carry no party identifiers, just the names of the candidates.
Similarly, governance procedures will not facilitate partisan seating arrangements for any groups or party in the Senate, House of Representatives or another aspect of government. There will be no division by groups, colours or symbols. All elected representatives will be treated equally by law and they will vote by secrete ballot on all issues brought before them. They will not be beholding to the President, a party or donor, only to the people who elected them to represent them 100%,
Therefore, while elected representatives may share common values, ideas and preferences, the UIC system of governance will not facilitate them operating as a party before, during or after an election. The people of their constituency, and they alone, must and will become the party of every elected representative, for without them they cannot hope to be re-elected on the UIC system.