Could it be the end of a political journey for St. George South MP, Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo?
If the vocal outbursts by a group of youthful residents in Ellerton Housing Area is anything to go by, that could be the case whenever General Elections are called.
When a team from Barbados TODAY visited the constituency earlier today an outspoken youth from the group openly said: “Sutherland is a good man. He does not have to walk around anymore. He done beat Byer-Suckoo 99 per cent to one per cent.
An older resident who had claimed he canvassed for Byer-Suckoo in the 2008 election said: “You see those young men and women sitting around on the playing field? They are related to me and they are all unemployed. I supported Suckoo last election but I have learned my lesson.
“They all will cast their vote for Dwight Sutherland of the Barbados Labour Party…”
In an interview following the outburst by the youngsters, Sutherland said: “There are over 200 registered voters in that box and Byer-Suckoo won most of them in the last election. Ellerton is a large area with over 2,000 electors and she won the majority of them in the last election. They were mostly supporters of the Democratic Labour Party…”
Commenting on his plans for the constituency, Sutherland said Bulkeley Factory could be developed as a tourist attraction and a business centre. He further stated that large tracts of land in his constituency fell within the fertile St. George Valley, which must be fully exploited.
Sutherland promised that his constituency office would be used as a resource centre, where constituents could have access to legal aid and benefit from mentorship. He added since his nomination in April 2011, he has established a team of artisans who assisted in effecting repairs to the homes of indigent constituents.
He identified a 93 year old constituent who was living in squalor as one who had benefited from this community effort, pointing out that the only cost incurred was the procurement of the lumber.
The BLP candidate said too he had identified several roads across the constituency that were in need of repairs or reconstruction, as well as areas where flooding occurred regularly after heavy rainfall.
Sutherland said too that many of his constituents had complained about the high cost of electricity and water, challenges that were a direct result of Government policies.(NC)