Ronald runs away with it
The Democratic Labour Party candidate for Christ Church East Central defeated newcomer Desmond Sands, who represented the Barbados Labour Party.
Jones who served as Minister of Education in the previous administration was greeted by members of his campaign team at the Wildey gymnasium with cheers of the popular refrain, “We Jonesing”.
“I want to thank the people of Christ East Central for electing me to serve for another five years, by the will of God, and I pledge to give of my best.
“This election was one that took a total team effort by this great DLP party who stayed the course and gave the people of Barbados the truth on various issues,” said Jones.
Jones expressed the view that this was the most difficult election he contested because it was being held at the time of national financial and economic distress and the wider global uncertainties, which he said he expect would continue to impact the country for a long time.
He said too he felt that his opponents ran a campaign that was alien to the spirit of politics in Barbados, and asserted that the body politic of Barbados has been damaged by what he termed the pervasive presence of vote purchasing. Jones said he felt that the young people had been betrayed by the use of money as a motivator to encourage them to vote.
He praised the leadership of Freundel Stuart in the election campaign for their sterling efforts that avoided a terrible defeat.
Jones also thanked the people of Christ Church East Central for their support and said he looked forward to representing them in the House of Assembly for five more years. (DH)