Bridgetown was abuzz with Bees this morning.
Anyone in the vicinity of the Treasury Building between 11 and noon could easily have mistaken the arrival of 30 Barbados Labour Party election candidates as a victory celebration.
Some onlookers likened it to Kadooment Day as the candidates and their supporters, all dressed in red, danced and sang and cheered opposite the House of Assembly they all are trying to get into after next month’s general elections.
Led by a van with speakers blaring campaign songs by Lil’ Rick, the trio of Crimeson, Dutty Android and Crab Solider, and Serenader, Opposition Leader Owen Arthur and his entire team of candidates journeyed from the BLP Roebuck Street headquarters and after a brief trip through a section of the City climbed the steps of the Treasury Building just before noon today.
They were there to pay a collective $7,500 ($250 each), their required election deposit necessary before they journey to various centres next Wednesday to be officially nominated.
At the end of it all Arthur mocked the Democratic Labour Party’s lack of major presence in the campaign so far, saying the Dems were “missing in action”.
“I am asking you all to continue to follow the only campaign in town,” he told the media as supporters and candidates cheered.
“I would feel embarrassed to call an election and then find that my side is not prepared to contest the election. Where is the Democratic Labour Party? Missing in action,” he quipped. (SC)