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BLP boycott

BLP boycott

Sun, January 13, 2013 - 12:07 AM

When Parliament resumes this week – and any other date under the current Democratic Labour Party (DLP) term – all nine Barbados Labour Party (BLP) seats will be empty.

That’s because the Opposition will stay away from the House of Assembly in protest of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s delay in calling the general election as the five-year mandate given at the January 15, 2008 poll expires.

The boycott begins on Tuesday, the five-year anniversary of the DLP’s victory, deputy Leader of the Opposition Dale Marshall announced yesterday as he condemned the “blatant refusal to call the general election”.

“Deeply committed about safeguarding the democratic tradition that had obtained and worked so well in the past, the Barbados Labour Party parliamentarians have therefore taken the highly principled decision not to attend Parliament on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the fifth anniversary or year of the date of the last general election, or beyond that date,” he said.

Under Section 61(3) of the Barbados Constitution, Parliament can only continue for five years from the date of its first sitting following an election. The first sitting of Parliament after the last vote was February 12, 2008. (DP)

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Posted by CARL HUSBANDS 1 year, 9 months ago
Ok, I now get the BLP and BSTU strategy. Let us show the world how childish and dysfunctional we can be and then blame it on the present government of Barbados. Afterall, we are demonstrating how rational and mature we will be in our wishful leadership positions. We will fret and continue to fret until we get our way because it is our democratic right to fret.

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Posted by Jane Brown 1 year, 9 months ago
Please do not misquote the Constitution.

And I quote Section 61(3)

"Subject to the provisions of subsection (4), Parliament, unless sooner dissolved, shall continue for five years from the date of its first sitting after any dissolution and shall then stand dissolved."

Then it goes on to say in section 62(1)

"After every dissolution of Parliament the Governor General shall issue writs for a general election of members of the House of Assembly returnable within ninety days from that dissolution."

Therefore the Governor General can call for an election date after the dissolution(Feb 12th) so that Parliament can resume within 90 days after the dissolution.

The Constitution is available on the Government of Barbados' website for the public to view.

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Posted by Cheese On 1 year, 9 months ago
Woah! I didnt know you could do that. So how long can you delay the general elections by?

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 9 months ago
The time-honored tradition in holding elections before the end of the five-year term is what is of concern here.

PM Stuart may well be within his right to call elections on or before the first sitting of the new Parliament if he chooses. As he said, the people elected him for five years and the Party intends to serve its term.

However, taking that position adds no value to the DLP or enhances its chances at the polls. In fact, it speaks more of a government not satisfied with its own performance or stewardship and is therefore using the opportunity to spend every single day in Office.

On the other hand, if the prime minister refuses to hold elections by February 12, he will attract the ire of the electorate in a manner never before seen in Barbados. Furthermore, it will give the Opposition much ammunition in which to rile up people craving to exercise their democratic freedom.

Stuart is a student of history and law and, though backed into a corner now, will observe the law and a sacred event on the Christian calendar - Lent. Remember he announced the date of the St John by-election on the very last day when there was no pressure on him to do otherwise.

I can see no reason at this time why the prime minister would want to risk entering the period beyond February 12 if there are no extenuating circumstances - civil unrest, natural disaster etc - that would necessitate him taking the 90-day option.

Hence I expect Stuart to dissolve Parliament and announce the date of elections around the birthday of his protegé, Errol Barrow, for a poll date on the second Tuesday in February.

Stuart is therefore banking heavily on the month of love and the female vote to see him over the top. His only concern should be that the color red features prominently during that month.

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Posted by CARL HUSBANDS 1 year, 9 months ago
I see the Nation's Digital Editor in censorship mode again. I better start saying something nice about a certain political party in Barbados that begins with the second letter of the alphabet. Ok here goes: Wearing red makes you look smart.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 9 months ago
@CARL HUSBANDS!!!Lumping the two of them together shows a stroke of Genius, as they are both showing how the LUST for POWER works. Prime Minister Stuart may be a SLOW Mover But he is NO FOOL, and @Cheese On!!! did you not do CIVICS in School???? HE and HE alone has the CALL to Make and Owen Arthur KNOWS that well, PM.Stuart is no fool and will call when he is good and ready, and up to this point is BREAKING NO RULES. no doubt that Mary Redman and the BSTU are doing what they are doing, so will the BLP if the go down this path.
It is for this EXACT Reason that the Province of Ontario ENACTED SET ELECTION DATES, so that this type of behaviour is now a thing of the past, so If the POWERS that be in Barbados wants to be truely WORLD CLASS Lets make SET VOTING DATES as part of our POLITICAL PROMISE for the NEXT GOVERNMENT of Barbados DLP or BLP
Why not wait until Feb 12th and then boycott if The PM does not call the Election,seems to me that everything would be in Owen Arthur's COURT then, but doing now WILL be COUNTER PRODUCTIVE.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 9 months ago
@Carl Harper!! your Statement:-""The time-honored tradition in holding elections before the end of the five-year term is what is of concern here."" I have one of my own for you, and it is one that i learned way back in First Form at UW (not UWI) It was from the Pitman's Shorthand Book and we wrote it ad Nauseum. (TIMES CHANGE AND THE INTEREST OF MAN/PERSON CHANGES WITH IT ALSO) Perhaps PM.Stuart took the same course as i did back then.

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Posted by Jane Brown 1 year, 9 months ago
Yes Carl Husbands. They do it all the time. Just go over to their Facebook page and make your points there. They can't censor it there. Probably delete it but someone will hv already seen it.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago
Told y'all it will be going right down the the legal wire?
Down to the very last possible day?

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 9 months ago
carl i think its unfair of you to quantify the BSTU and BLP... Theres is no connection, if there\s any, one could easily put your "jones" as "judas"

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Posted by Leonard B 1 year, 9 months ago
Are the nine BLP Opposition members working for themselves or for the people of Barbados? Can they just decide to stay away from work as if they are their own bosses? Very interesting indeed. We shall see about that. LB.

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 9 months ago
When has the BSTU placed blame on the preset government? can we fairly say that the points of view of the Ministry Of Education is the same of the present government, i disagree,matter of fact this is like an intentional achilles heel to the DLP. eg. they have refused to follow the recommendations of the inquiry and has caused an escalation of a problem,which they had an opportunity to solve and did not.the BSTU has called out the ministry of education for their incompetences in handling this matter, but has welcomed all support that they have recieved from the pm in making their case, i ask both carl husbands and david waterman to confirm with an example of how 1.the bstu have been in opposition with the present administration.2.what has the pm said or done to imply he has an issue with the bstu?theres a saying "the higher a monkey climb,the more he exposes his behind" i think that some of us has climbed so high that we have our heads so far up our behind,and we are so singular,that we refuse to see the needs and rights of the common folks.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 9 months ago
It is actually very SILLY of the BLP to do this as the DLP is NOT, REPEAT, NOT breaking any DEMOCRATIC rules ,perhaps Principles not RULES the can carry this down to the 11th if they want to but they MUST Call by the 12th otherwise the HOUSE will be AUTOMATICALLY DISSOLVES anyway as ther MANDATE would have CEASED on that DAY and DATE,they would no longer be the CONSTITUTED GOVERNMENT of BARBADOS. Freundel Stuart may be a lot of thing, but i don't believe that IDIOT is one of them, he is doing exactly what he said many times before,serving out the 5 Years that he (DLP) was given in 2008. so people stop wetting you Pants there will be a GENERAL ELECTION this Year and in TIME. NOW!! if you PUSH your Various Representatives BEFORE and AFTER the Election is over to Introduce Legislation for FIXED ELECTION DATES, YOU would be showing some LEADERSHIP and this would never happen again.

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