The two main political parties here have nominated candidates to contest the 30 seats in the February 21 general elections ahead of the official Nomination day on February 6. In the unprecedented move, not witnessed before in Caribbean politics, the main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) led by former prime minister Owen Arthur marched to the Treasury Building on Thursday to pay the required US$125 per candidate. “This is a party that knows how to plan and to take charge of its affairs. And today, you have seen for the first time in the history of Barbados, a group of candidates constituting themselves as team which can become the next government of Barbados coming together in unison.
“Throughout the campaign we will show how to government the country. We are focused, disciplined, well organized and well prepared,” he said, adding “this country needs a disciplined, focused, united political institution at this very difficult time in the country’s development”.
Not to be outdone, the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart Friday nominated their candidates for the polls.
DLP spokesman, Ronald Jones told reporters the party would not engaged in any grand public display, an apparent reference to the opposition party.
“We do what we know we have to do, We do what is right. We are into people, people matter, not power,” he added.