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They may be on the same side now but in the 1994 and 1999 elections, Ralph Thorne and Ronald Toppin were on opposite sides of the political fence when Thorne ran for the DLP.

The early months of the year have frequently been politically active ones in Barbados with three previous elections being held in January (1991, 1999 and 2008) and one in February(2013). Over the next few weeks, NATIONNEWS.com will be going down the political memory lane with a look back at the sights, sounds, stories and scandals that made headlines Previously in Politics.

January 6, 1999

THE ATMOSPHERE at Eden Lodge Primary School was quiet as St. Michael North political candidates for the upcoming general election arrived at that nominations centre, yesterday.

Ronald Toppin, Barbados Labour Party hopeful, arrived at 11 a.m to be met by a group of supporters; while Ralph Thorne for the Democratic Labour Party came with his team an hour later.

"I am very confident, I would say overwhelmingly so. The vibes that I am getting now seem to be stronger than those in 1994," he said.

Toppin, who was nominated by Keith Peterson from Eden Lodge and Rosetta Bishop from Cave Hill, also said he would be hitting the platform soon.

"But I just intend to have a mixture of working on the ground and on the platform. I recognise the indispensability of being on the ground and interacting with people on a one-on-one basis. That has been my style for the last four years. I don't intend to deviate from it," said Toppin.

Thorne was equally confident.

"The remaining days will be spent intensifying that immediate contact with constituents, by way of house-to-house canvassing," said he.

"Last time, I did not succeed at the polls. I treated it as an opportunity to get back into the community and to join in the struggle of constituents," he said.

He said with the National Democratic Party (NDP) not contesting the elections, that was a "tremendous benefit".

"The withdrawal of the NDP candidate from this constituency benefits me a lot greater than it would benefit my opponent," said Thorne.

Thorne was proposed by Emerson Parris of Eden Lodge and seconded by Adele Springer of Rock Dundo, St. James.

Harold Nicholls, returning officer of three years' elections experience, said everything went fine. Both candidates spent about 20 minutes getting their papers straight.

"Everything is always cool," referring to his track record. On hand to assist Nicholls was Ferris Cummins, elections clerk. (JS)


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