Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Barbados general election set for May 24

(FILE) Prime Minister the Freundel Stuart.

(FILE) Prime Minister the Freundel Stuart.

Barbadians are to go to the polls on May 24.  Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made the eagerly-awaited announcement on Thursday.

The prime minister had come under fire from the opposition for delaying the announcement when his administration allowed the Parliament to be automatically dissolved on March 6.

Stuart said that the move was deliberate.

He had said that the government has 90 days after the dissolution of the Parliament to name a date for the general election in keeping with the provisions of the Representation of the People Act.

Several persons expressed relief on Loop Barbados' Facebook page, following the announcement.

"Bout time", "I couldn't wait", one man said. 

Another user commented, "that is the best thing and only thing that he has done in 10 yrs.....relieve people of their misery."

Citizens had complained about living in a state of limbo, with some delaying travel dates and vacation plans to be on the island "whenever the bell rings". 

A total of six parties, including the ruling and opposition as well as independent candidates will vie for seats. It is reported to be the highest number of parties to contest an election in Barbados. 

In the 2013 general election, the ruling Labour Party won 16 of the 30 seats with the remainder going to the opposition.