Let the games begin!

Carol Martindale,

Added 29 January 2013

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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 carolmartindale@nationnews.com

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