Tuesday 25 February, 2020

BLP 'happy' but election date a 'royal fumble'

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is now breathing a collective sigh of relief after Prime Minister Freundel Stuart earlier today announced the date for the 2018 General Elections. 

Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley told Loop News her party is relieved, as too are many Barbadians who can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  

"Today is a good day for Barbados. There are many Barbadians who are relieved that they can now see the end in sight at last." 

However, Mottley questioned the Prime Minister's logic in scheduling the General Elections and Nomination Day during the exam period.  

"We are happy for the date, at the same time, we are conscious that Nomination Day and Election Day fall on examination days and we await from the government and the Prime Minister how that will work at the various schools." 

Mottley said this will no doubt be an inconvenience to students who may be first-time voters.  

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"We are conscious that there may be some students who are first time voters who are anxious about two momentous occasions in their life which may clash." 

She accused Stuart of making a 'royal fumble' with choosing the date for Barbadians to go to the polls.  

"The truth is some may say this is a strategy on the part of the government. This is not a strategy, this is a royal fumble. He had five years to try to choose a date and ended up choosing dates that will cause significant inconvenience to two large sections of the community." 

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