Upping the ante

In St. Michael South East:

Having formerly served as a chairman of the constituency council for St. Michael South East, entrepreneur Patrick Tannis this morning upped the ante of representation when he successfully offered himself as a candidate.

Flanked on either side by former representative Hamilton Lashley and former candidate Undene Whittaker, and backed by placard waving supporters, Tannis was greeted as he entered the gates of the Parkinson Secondary School by new principal Jeff Broomes.

The formalities of the nomination took mere minutes and with thumbs up, Tannis declared he was ready to get back to his canvassing and the rest of the campaign to general elections. (LB)

In St. Andrew:

The yellow seemed to fittingly glint in the late morning sun, as Democratic Labour Party hopeful Irene Sandiford-Garner made a slow, short walk to her nomination centre at the Alleyne Secondary School.

With her campaign office located a stone’s throw away, Sandiford-Garner smiled and waved to supporters while chatting those in bright yellow shirts and waving equally stunning placards into the nomination centre.

The Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health paused for a short moment to chat with some of the students who were having a fundraising cake sale, and to purchase some of their wares as she questioned them and similarly answered a few herself.

The second-timer at the polls is hoping this will be her first victory against veteran Barbados Labour Party incumbent George Payne. (LB)

In St. John:

Still described as “the woman behind a great man”, Mara Thompson, widow of former Prime Minister David Thompson, today faced her second nomination process as a candidate for St. John.

Facing her first general election, after emerging victorious by a large margin in the January 2011 by-election for that parish, Thompson seemed unfazed this morning as she entered the nomination centre at The Lodge School.

With a small band of supporters inside the school hall, she quickly dispensed with the formalities associated with the nomination process and emerged ready to continue her canvassing in her second bid to represent one of the island’s two most central parishes. (LB)

In St. Philip North

Punctuated with children chanting – “vote Michael Lashley, vote Michael Lashley,” the atmosphere at the Hilda Skeene School was transformed into one of festivity when the DLP candidate for St. Philip North turn out to sign his nomination papers.

Just after noon a slow winding entourage of vehicles made their way to the nomination centre and a beaming Lashley emerged, sharing hugs, handshakes, touches and waves of acknowledgment and appreciation.

After the formalities of paper work and fielding questions from some pupils of the school, Lashley, who was accompanied by his mother Elrita, was mobbed by a crowd of children chanting ‘vote Michael Lashley’.

“I am extremely confident of retaining the seat here in St. Philip North and representing the people out here. I have already gone up against two experienced BLP candidates and emerged victorious. I don’t know who else they intend to send. Indeed I don’t even know who is supposed to be running against me. I understand he is inexperience and green,” said the incumbent. (DB)

In St. Michael East:

It is an institution of higher learning and this morning the Barbados Community College threw open its doors as a nomination centre for candidates of St. Michael East.

There was a little fanfare as Democratic Labour Party candidate Kenneth Best threw his hat into the ring for the second time in his bid to once again represent the residents of that riding.

Last time he defeated Barbados Labour Party candidate Trevor Prescod to claim the seat, and is hoping for a repeat this time around as well.

As he sat on the raised platform filling out the requisite forms this morning, the candidate seemed sure of his success in the upcoming February 21 poll. (LB)

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