Monday 19 October, 2020

PM Mottley: St George North by-election before yearend

MP Gline Clarke to retire next week. (FILE)

MP Gline Clarke to retire next week. (FILE)

Barbadians can rest assured that the seat for St George North will be filled officially before 2021.

A by-election is on the cards because the present representative for the St George North constituency, Barbados Labour Party's Gline Clarke is stepping down.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley said on Wednesday night (September 23):

"The National Executive Council of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has met and reflected on the issue of the nomination of a candidate pursuant to the announcement by my colleague and comrade Gline Clarke, that effective next Wednesday the 30th of September that he will resign from the House of Assembly."

Therefore, in light of his resignation and its set date, the by-election will be held "between the October 1 and December 31, 2020" assured Prime Minister Mottley.

Beyond, such she gave no indication of whether it will be called soon or closer to yearend. But she stressed that whenever it is called the Barbados Labour Party, which she leads, will be ready and will present a "strong" female candidate.

Barbados' last by-election was in 2011 to choose a constituency representative for St John.

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