Many Sheffield residents remain uncertain about who to vote for in the general election with less than 24 hours to go

With less than 24 hours until the polls open, many people in Sheffield are still uncertain about to who to vote for, while others say they are tired of all the political talk.

By Lisa Wong
Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 3:35 pm

Debjani Chatterjee, aged 66, lives in the Manor and Castle ward and voted remain in 2016.

Her decision in this general election will be according to the individual person standing, but of the two main parties in the running, Debjani is not impressed.

She said: “I am a bit disgusted by the two parties.

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Many voters in Sheffield remain undecided with less than 24 hours to go until polling day

“I don’t find them democratic enough.”

Debjani said she believes the Conservative party are ‘slowly privatising the NHS,’ which she regards as a large drawback.

She is attracted to the policies offered by the Liberal Democrats and the Green party, despite some suggesting that backing either party in the polls would be ‘waste of a vote’.

“I don’t agree with the two party system,” said Debjani.

“In India, the government is based on proportional representation - it should be the same here.”

She said her ideal scenario would be one with ‘togetherness amongst the world’.

“I would like more cooperation and collaboration across nations,” Debjani concluded.

Many individuals from black and ethnic minority groups - across all ages - say they ‘do not vote’ because of a lack of trust in politicians.

John Kamara, aged 27, said: “People don’t vote because they don’t believe in what is being told.”

As children, John says he and his peers were told by their parents to vote Labour because that was the party considered for the working class.

He said: “Politics is based on political votes.”

John explained that of those in his community that would be voting, many would be basing their vote on what parties can offer to the black society.

He believes that politicians do not fully engage with minority backgrounds though because in Parliament there is none or very little representation.

John said: “There is no-one from BME backgrounds with our best interests. There is no-one that looks like us.”

Similar views are shared across Debjani’s and John’s communities, but only time will tell how they choose to vote tomorrow.