Chris is in!

by Neville Clarke

Returning Officer Charles Haynes making the declaration.
Returning Officer Charles Haynes making the declaration.

Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler, romped home to an easy victory last night over the Barbados Labour Party candidate, Gregory Nicholls, by a margin of 915 votes, confounding analysts who anticipated that a seven per cent swing would have swept in many Barbados Labour Party candidates.

Sinckler won seven of the polling districts, with Nicholls recorded victories in polling districts HA5, HB3 and HC2.

Counting began at the Ellerslie Secondary School around 8:35 p.m. and when Returning Officer Charles Haynes announced the first five polling districts, Sinckler had garnered 1,076 votes to Nicholls’ 605 votes.

Sinckler maintained this comfortable lead when Haynes announced the final five polling stations around 1:30 a.m.

On the announcement of Sinckler’s victory a small number of his supporters accompanied by the candidate turned up at the school. There were no scenes of merriment as Sinckler calmly evaluated the status of the election while speaking to members of the press.

On this occasion the defeated BLP candidate did not turn up at the counting station to concede. Speaking to the Press shortly after he was declared the duly elected member of the House of Assembly for the constituency of St. Michael North West, Sinckler calmly said:

“I feel very good about the victory. I was never booed at the nomination on February 6. I think the party has performed very well. I think when you consider where we would have come from in 2011, and all of the polls predicting a resolute defeat for the DLP, to have gotten to the stage to potentially win the Government, which we never doubted, is a remarkable achievement and it shows that the public has accepted the defence of the DLP.”

Commenting on the latest opinion poll, the outspoken parliamentarian said: “I have the greatest respect for pollster Peter Wickham and his work, but we often say that polls do not necessarily vote, people do. In the context of what we were experiencing on the ground, it was clear that the party had picked up momentum by the second week of the campaign and we led until it was closed. Clearly there was no swing of seven per cent against the DLP.”

Sinckler promised Barbadians that the DLP would continue to do what it had been doing to keep the economy stable, protect the foreign reserves, bring down the fiscal deficit, maintain jobs across the public and private sector and try to restructure the economy.

He explained that the immediate task would be the Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue, which had to be discussed in Parliament by March 31. Sinckler garnered 2,549 of the 4,183 votes cast, while Nicholls received 1,634. There were 26 spoilt ballots.

7 Responses to Chris is in!

  1. lynda February 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    chris sinckler need an adjustment in his arrogrance, anger,attitude and disrespectful behaviour towards women, and people on the whole,he needs to know young people sees, hear and learn from them as MP.. ..he can be taken down from his laurels.

  2. lynda February 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    im waiting with baited breath to see the order of the day and their game plan to take the country forward…….if they will continue to squander taxpayers money on nonesense,waiting on the reduction of the basket of goods, the reduction of vat, how much polititcal promise will be kept this time.the only one they kept in 2008 is to run away the non nationals

  3. Kay-rani rosita February 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    A word to the wise, re-read your comments you are coming over as angry and bitter.
    It appears you are hoping for them to fail.
    Fill your heart with love, compassion and FORGIVENESS and MOVE on, you cannot change ANYTHING, but you can spend five precious years of your life stressing yourself out. Only you can decide if your health is worth it.

  4. lynda February 23, 2013 at 7:13 am

    as a woman i expect better of you…i hope you DONT have this day and age we are up in arms about abuse,,, what sinckler was mental abuse to a woman in public…no one codemed his outburst and disrespect…i voiced my opinion, who the f are you….? to be going to everyone comment and writing crap…go get a life…k rass

  5. Zeus February 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Lynda I don’t know how old you are but both your first two comments could have been written ten years ago about former prime minister Owen Arthur and the BLP but they say bajans have short memories by the way have you ever heard of the abuse the late Tom Adams did to women in barbados if you don’t please ask your mother of grand mother.

  6. Chris February 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Lynda living in a ballon

  7. Kay-rani rosita February 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Do you really expect that because I am a woman I would readily agree with you? Gender has nothing to do with it. I simply do not agree with the things you have written. You expressed your views in a particular way because of your tunnel vision.
    Mr Sinckler’s words were condemned by the Press, Owen Arthur, BLP members and the by voters. He did in fact apologised to the June Fowler, her husband, et al. but you are still harping on about it when everyone else seen to have moved on.
    I too voiced my opinion, which is the freedom we all have. Had I agreed with your comments you would not written such a reply, but instead you have shown your true character which is rather ignorant and vulgar. In order to express yourself you took it to the gutter and used crass language. Perhaps you should try some therapy for your anger management issues. I hope that you do not have children, because you are a bad example. Your reply has shown that my previous comments were correct.


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