Sixty-seven candidates, including seven independents, have been nominated to contest the February 21 general election, according to electoral officials. Both the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) have nominated candidates to contest all 30 seats in the Barbados parliament. In a festive atmosphere and surrounded by party supporters, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart filed his papers at the Graydon Sealy Secondary School where he was warmly greeted by students. After completing the process, Stuart, the parliamentary representative for the St. Michael South constituency, warned that the DLP’s campaign would now move into high gear as it seeks another five year term in office.
“The DLP’s case for re-election will be put as of tonight with all the vigour, all the clarity, with all the enthusiasm at our command because we think that we have a record of which we are justly proud and we have a vision for the future that we feel strongly about and that we can with confidence put the people of Barbados.”
Stuart also dismissed claims of a swing of support towards his opponent Noel Lynch of the BLP, who he defeated in the 2008 general election.
“When I cease to be Prime Minister 10 years from now he will win the seat up here and I have no problem with that, “the Prime Minister said.
But an upbeat Lynch told reporters he’s confident of unseating the country’s leader.