Counting stations prepare for vote tally
Ballot boxes are being delivered to counting stations across the island as electoral officials prepare to begin counting votes following today’s General Elections.
A two-hour voting extension was put in place at certain polling stations to facilitate Commonwealth citizens who were added to the Electoral List late in the evening.
At St Lawrence School, electoral staff packed up shortly after the original 6 p.m deadline and said they had not heard about any extension.
Commonwealth citizen Dr Harold Morley was scheduled to vote there but was not on the list up to 6 p.m. and when he returned an hour later after hearing about the extension, the doors were closed and the ballots already packed up and gone.
Meanwhile, boxes are still arriving at the Eden Lodge Primary School where the count for the constituency of St Michael North is taking place.
Barbados Labour Party candidate Ronald Toppin, who has held the seat since 1994 is going up against first time contender Kim Tudor of the Democratic Labour Party, third time contender and member of the People’s Democratic Congress Mark Adamson; Angela Gibbs of Solutions Barbados; Maria Phillips of the United Progressive Party and independent Lesloyd Bishop.
A small crowd has gathered at the gates of Bethel Methodist Church in anticipation of the arrival of ballot boxes. These ballots will determine who the people chose as their representative for the City Of Bridgetown. So far none have been delivered. (CA/HLE/TG)