Election Day in St. George North
Today the electorate of St. George North will vote for a member of parliament to fill the vacancy created by the ‘retirement’ of Gline Clarke. The blogmaster’s assessment is that it will be a straight contest between Floyd Reifer (DLP) and Toni Moore (BLP). Of the so-called third parties Grenville Phillips should retain third option in the number count. We can debate if Barbadians are ready for a third party or is this a case of the quality of the options presented. The blogmaster respectfully suggest the latter.
The result of the election will answer a few questions for political pundits.
- Has the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) regain its standing as the credible alternative in the eyes of voters?
- Despite managing the affairs of state in the most challenging period post independence, will the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) be able to convince the SGN electorate that it is the most competent to govern at this time?
- Will Grenville Phillips increase his penetration of support in the constituency to forge the way for third parties in the future?
- How large will the protest vote be which has been fomenting in a climate of austerity for the last 3 years?
- Has the last 90 days of campaigning confirm the urgent need for electoral reform in Barbados?
So far by-election activities has been largely peaceful in keeping with Bajan tradition. Let us continue to make the country proud by delivering an uneventful event. The blogmaster’s vote will be cast for David Walrond, the agriculturist and community practitioner.