Mottley says injunction filed to delay Barbados election

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley says the Opposition has filed an injunction to stop the country’s general election scheduled for Wednesday.

According to the Jamaica Observer, Mottley made the announcement during a campaign stop in St Lucy late Monday.

“What has happened is that a case been filed … for an urgent injunction to call off the election on Wednesday,” the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader said.

Mottley told the crowd she believes the Democratic Labour Party is trying to delay the vote because that party and its candidates are not ready to contest the poll.

“Why? Because they know they are losing,” she told supporters, adding “they are now trying everything to stop you from returning the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to government and allowing us to continue the mission of transformation.”

The urgent application was filed around 4PM yesterday by attorney at law Lalu Hanuman. The matter is expected to be heard this morning.

Mottley dropped a political bombshell late last year when she called the snap election for January 19.

A total of 108 candidates, representing seven political parties and nine independents are contesting the poll that political observers say will be a straight fight between the ruling BLP and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) which Mottley’s party swept out of government in 2018.

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  1. Bwa-Banday
    January 18, 2022

    MISTER Mottley is the man. She has more and bigger stones than those girly men we have in Dca calling themselves honorable.

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  2. Heidi
    January 18, 2022

    Bajans don’t allow their politicians to run roughshod over them. Dominica, Live and learn!!!

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    • Gary
      January 19, 2022

      What is it we in Dominica have to learn.

  3. Ibo France
    January 18, 2022

    Thirty (30) seats and one hundred and seventeen (117) candidates contesting. What does this tell you? People see politics as an easy avenue to personal wealth and privilege.

    Hardly anyone cares about activism and advocacy. No money in that. No wonder most Caribbean countries are in their worst economic shape even before the pandemic. Caribbean politicians are mainly concerned with feathering their own nests and those of their families, friends and cronies.

    There should be a set date for elections. No sitting prime minister should have this huge advantage of calling an election when it is politically expedient to him/her. In these Caribbean countries the electoral laws need to change and the constitutions should be amended for better governance.

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    • Gary
      January 19, 2022

      If Activism and advocacy for good governance is your concern, what are you doing about it, sitting behind a computer expressing opinions with your silly perceptions. You’re calling for a fix date for elections, as though a fix date is something to full proof the safeguarding of Democracy establishing good governance, lol

      There can be an advantage and disadvantage of a fix date. What if a Government is elected and one year they are not performing as they should, or some scandal brought to light there by hindering, the Government ability to govern, does the electorate have to wait the full term to rid them out of office. Then there is the argument of the ruling Party having the advantage, calling a snap election, but that is not always the truth. Good governance is not about a fixed election date, good governance is not something that can come about by one single act, Politicians must stop playing games, the electorate must be educated voters, not be indoctrinated voters.

  4. Me
    January 18, 2022

    All is fair in love and war, right Mia?

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