Barbados is celebrating January 19, the first general election since declaring itself a republic in 2021 and a strong confrontation between the ruling Workers ‘Party (BLP) and the Democratic Workers’ Party (DLP).
According to the Prensa Latina (PL) agency, Prime Minister Mia Modley heads the BLP, and lawyer Verla De Peiza heads the DLP, which was defeated in the 2018 election, and both will measure strength in early elections as planned for 2023. .
November 30, 2021 were the first parliamentary elections since Barbados became a republic, officially ending the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and ending centuries of colonial past.
For the first time in the Caribbean, major political organizations are led by women.
With 108 candidates from seven parties and nine independents participating, 266,330 people are eligible to vote on election day.
Motley told his fellow countrymen that he had multi-million dollar plans for the country by 2022 and that despite the severe impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the tourism sector would resume its status as a major source of external income for Barbados. .
He further added that the reason for calling for early elections was that Barbados should not start the new year as a “divided nation”.
He said his party was ready to face the risk of losing the election to ensure unity in the country.
However, Modley, described by many Caribbean analysts as a courageous and intelligent ruler, faces stiff opposition from other political forces and figures.
Former opposition leader and APP leader Bishop Atharli has criticized the prime minister’s handling of more than 5,000 protesters, saying they could not vote on Wednesday because they were testing in favor of COVID – 19, according to media reports.
In this situation, the Election and Boundaries Commission has pointed out that no one can be isolated and go to the polls on the orders of the Ministry of Health.
Also, Melissa Tide, an independent candidate from St. George North, told Barbados that it was time to try something new, considering that the two main political parties on the island had failed, given the current problems in the country.
At least 3,700 election officials will be on duty this Wednesday to see the election process run smoothly.