Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020. 3:24 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: “As things now stand the elections will be by the end of the first week in November of this year,” said Prime Minister Dean Barrow at a virtual press conference today.
Barrow said that the legal requirement is for a sitting government to not exceed five years beyond the last general election date, which was November 4, 2015. He noted that several preparations need to be made for the election, including the hiring of additional staff for elections and boundaries officers to accommodate for voter registrations and transfers, and that those plans are being worked on.
Barrow also said that, given the various undertakings GOB has set its efforts to, including securing funds from International Funding Institutions (IFIs) for social support and the agricultural sector, his government is not in a position to call the elections before November.
The United Democratic Party has been in power since 2008 winning the general elections for that year, then the 2012 and 2015 elections consecutively. The party’s new Leader Elect, former Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, says that he is confident he can lead the party into a fourth consecutive term.
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