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Let Gov’t foot bill

Party people (from left) Executive member, Andrew Scantlebury, Heather Scantlebury, President Apostle Lynroy Scantlebury and St. Michael Central candidate Andrew Grant.

The New Barbados Kingdom Alliance says the time has come for state funded elections.

Founder and President of the party, Apostle Lynroy Scantlebury, told Barbados TODAY this was one thing that stymied third parties.

“The fact that elections are not fair creates too much of a problem for other individuals who want to give meaningful contribution to the development of Barbados, to be able to serve their country. The current political structure is seriously creating a problem and not allowing that process to take place,” he said.

“We are pushing and we want to have a sustainable electoral process in the island. This is why we’re calling for a body to be set up whether it’s the Electoral and Boundaries Commission or a newly devised governmental entity to manage and regulate elections in Barbados,” he said.

Scantlebury said he could not say for certain that his advice would be taken, but he was “putting it out there to sensitise the public about the party’s “desire” to have elections of that type and if elected they would implement.

He said the candidates were also about being fair and any areas in Barbados they deemed led to “unfair situations” would be tackled.

It was on Friday night that he first spoke about his organisation’s policy and plans to “save Barbados” when the party held a Town Hall meeting in Roebuck Street, the City.

During that meeting the candidate for St. Michael Central, Andrew Grant spoke.

He also said that from now until the end of the year the electorate would be hearing more from them as they kick up their election campaigning and sensitise the public to their programme and policies.

To date there are 15 candidates who have joined the party which formed this year.

The party leader also said that at the meeting he addressed issues that the two existing parties – the ruling Democratic Labour Party and the Barbados Labour Party – were not dealing with.

These included lowering the cost of living and the high import bill, the high cost of the land and its availability, agricultural reform as well as health care. (DS)

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