Barbados: General Elections to be held in January, 2022

Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley addressed the nation from Ilaro Court on Sunday evening. In a surprise announcement, she revealed that the polls would be conducted in Barbados on January 19, 2022. 

General Elections to be held in Barbados
Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley addressed the nation from Ilaro Court on Sunday evening. In a surprise announcement, she revealed that the polls would be conducted in Barbados on January 19, 2022.
Moreover, the nomination date would be January 3, 2022, stated by PM Mottley. However, the general elections were going to be held in 2023 constitutionally.
PM Mottley chaired the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), and in May 2018, she achieved a historic win and formed a government in Barbados. Her party defeated the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in those elections by 30-0.
The country became republic on November 30, 2021, and now it is their first election after independence.
PM Mottley stated,” I met with Dame Sandra Mason, President of Barbados, earlier this evening. I advised the president to dissolve the current Barbados Parliament immediately. I further told her that as a President of the Republic of Barbados, issue a writ to hold the elections in the nation.”
” I am worried about the divisiveness of the country, and that’s why I decided to conduct the elections,” Mottley added.
By showing the progress and unity of Barbados, she asserted,” I feel that we won and flourish in the 2018 and 2019 elections as people want us to succeed in it. Whenever we are together and united, we have always been unbeatable as firstly we fight against the fiscal and economic threats and, later, the Covid-19 pandemic”.
 On Omicron, she also urges,” we can fight against the new variant unitedly”.
She also ensured that even amidst of Covid-19 pandemic, the elections would be held smoothly and safely. She revealed that she would meet the Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the COVID Cabinet Sub-Committee to structure the voting procedures in the mid of Covid-19.
She added that the committee would update the country about their changes to simplify election conducting procedures. The changes would be like increasing the number of rooms for conducting polling.
Meanwhile, she said, she will acknowledge and support the new emerging face of a leader for Barbados.

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