According to the Electoral and Boundaries Commission it is ready for the polls, and Chief Electoral Officer Angela Taylor says voter registration is continuing, and the training of personnel who will help conduct the elections has been completed.
Stuart announced the election date by way of a two sentence news release from the Barbados Government Information Service which gave the May 24 election date as well as Nomination Day which is set for May 7.
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley had expressed concern that the election date would clash with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) regional examinations that were scheduled for the same day as schools were usually used as polling stations.
However, the Ministry of Education said the external examinations would not be affected. In a press release, the Ministry said the exams would go ahead as scheduled and would be administered in strict compliance with the regulations and procedures of the respective examining bodies.
“There will be special arrangements to be implemented at each centre to facilitate the entrance, controlled movement and exit of candidates and other examination officials during the day’s examination period,” it said.
“The Ministry wishes to assure the public and candidates that all steps have been taken to ensure safe and secure conditions for the administration of all examinations so that no candidate will be disadvantaged as a result of any events on that date.”
The DLP and BLP are among seven political parties and at least one independent candidate expected to contest the general elections.
The other parties are: the United Progressive Party, Solutions Barbados, Barbados Integrity Movement, the People’s Democratic Movement, and the Bajan Free Party (a coalition involving the Kingdom Government Party and the People’s Democratic Congress); while former prostitute, Natalie Harewood, is also throwing her hat into the ring as an independent candidate.
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