Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2021. 12:58 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Monday announced general elections will be held on January 19 saying Barbados will not go into 2022 as a divided nation. Mottley said Nomination Day will be on January 3.
According to Barbados Today, elections were not to be held until 2023, but Mottley says the country is divided after becoming a republic on November 30.
She made a plea for Barbadians to “unite around a common cause, a single Government and a single leader.”
Mottley said Barbadians were going through a “silly season” which was impacting “our ability to think Barbados and what is best for this little paradise in the middle of the sea, what is best for our future as a nation”.
“I believe that we thrived and succeeded in 2018 and 2019 because an election was behind us and we united as a force against first, the fiscal and economic threats, and then later the onslaught of COVID. I believe that as a united Barbados that we will and have always been unbeatable,” Prime Minister Mottley said.
“I earlier this evening met with her Excellency the Most Honourable Dame Sandra Mason, President of Barbados and advised that she dissolve the current Barbados Parliament with immediate effect,’ Mottley said.
The Prime Minister said that despite being in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as they brace for Omicron, Barbados can proceed with the elections.
She said that she would meet with the Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the COVID Cabinet Sub-Committee for advice on how to organize the election in the midst of COVID-19.
“And let me say, whoever emerges as that leader, I will support … Let us unite to fight the threats to our safety, our development and our prosperity,” Mottley said.
In the 2018 elections, Mottley’s Barbados Labour Party won the elections in a 30-0 landslide.
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