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Let the games begin!

Let the games begin! Carol Martindale

By Carol Martindale | Tue, January 29, 2013 - 8:31 PM

It’s official.

Barbadians will be going to the polls on February 21.

The announcement was made this evening by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart in a release from the Government Information Service.

Nomination Day will be next Wednesday.

We have all been waiting with bated breath for the news of when the election bell would be rung.

It is now ringing in our ears.

Before today, many tried to predict the date, some also tried to twist the Prime Minister’s arm to get him to make the announcement sooner than he had planned to.

Now both parties are well out of the blocks.

Candidates, both incumbent and first timers have been getting themselves ready for the big day.

Many are not leaving much to chance, and are certainly not leaving a single stone unturned in their efforts to win their respective seats.

Already, we have seen MPs out in the field. Just last weekend we saw MP for St Michael North West Chris Sinckler on the road, as well as MP for Christ Church East Central Ronald Jones.

Tonight alone, some supporters of MP for St Michael North East Mia Mottley were busy in that constituency putting up posters all through the Bush Hall area.

The Dems have already planned a major meeting in Bay Street Esplanade for  tomorrow night at 7 p.m. where they plan to report to the nation and launch the party’s Performance Document.

Now that the 2013 campaign has officially started, some believe there should be a Code of Conduct which all candidates in both parties – the Democratic Labour Party and the Barbados Labour Party, should adhere to.

I,too, am of that opinion.

With many turning to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to get their messages out – either as individual candidates or political parties – this Code is even more necessary now.

So as we enter this period, let’s aim for a clean and safe General Election 2013.

Let the games begin!

Carol Martindale is the Nation's Online Editor

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 8 months ago
The time is here! Cant wait to cast my vote for real change.

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 8 months ago
Carol what code ? So we end up with a boring election.There is going to be a lot of passion out there.

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Posted by Reginald Crichlow 1 year, 8 months ago
We changed last election. We want a change this election. Wha goin' happen next election?

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 8 months ago
@Reginald. Time will tell!

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 8 months ago
GREAT Opportunity to start with the new paradigm
whereby we change Governments every five years!
NO MORE of the old two-terms nonsense!

From now on we change them EVERY SINGLE TIME!
Let this be the first of the new *One-Term Governments* to come, for the forseeable future!

What sayest thou? Good idea?

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Posted by Snow Cone 1 year, 8 months ago
"Code of Conduct"! Ha, haaa, what code of conduct? Much of that hasn’t been displayed recently---inside and outside of parliament. These politicians are all fighting for their political LIVES, and the fight for POLITICAL POWER (power in general) can make one do and say some CRAZY things. We are going to see the REAL true character of some of them. WATCH OUT!!

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 8 months ago
Do you folk have any idea what it costs to change government every 5 years? Can our little country with few resources, dwindling tourist arrivals, little sugar cane, and a global economic crisis afford that change every 60 months? I urge you to smarten up and reconsider! I would more like to see a bi-partisan attack on our economic troubles. Nigel D.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 8 months ago
Do you folk have any idea what it costs
to keep the same Government in power for more than one term?
About the same as changing them like diapers
-and for the very same reason!

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