Toppin in ‘election mode’
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has not yet identified a date for the next general election, but Barbados is definitely in “election mode”.
Yesterday, when a team from Barbados TODAY caught up with parliamentary representative for St. Michael North, Ronald Toppin, in Well Gap, Cave Hill, St. Michael, he was busy filling out transfer forms for some constituents who had expressed an interest in voting in the constituency since changing residence.
Support for Toppin was very noticeable in the Well Gap district with several onlookers asking him for a red shirt, the official colour of the Barbados Labour Party. One constituent who said she felt that she was not properly dressed to meet with Toppin, asked to be excused and returned dressed in the red blouse.
During an interview with Barbados TODAY, Toppin said he had canvassed constituents in Lodge Terrace before meeting with constituents in Well Gap, Cave Hill. He said the response from the constituents in both districts was “very, very good”.
Toppin further stated that he had spent the earlier part of the day at his constituency office taking and returning calls from constituents. He also used his absence from the day’s sitting of Parliament to review the electoral list for St. Michael North with his campaign manager, Antonio Williams, and other members of his canvassing team.
The St. Michael North M.P. said that since he was elected to Parliament in 1994, he had never stopped canvassing the constituency. Pointing to what he described as his closeness to his constituents, Toppin said he had just returned from the funeral service of one.†(NC)