No snap elections
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has sought to dismiss Opposition speculation that Barbadians could be going to the polls, as early as November 2016, in a general election long before they are constitutionally due in early 2018.
Addressing a fund-raiser over the weekend by the Christ Church West constituency branch of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), Stuart said: “There are some rabble-rousers running around the place who seem to believe that an election is going to be next week, and they’re trying to create all kinds of disturbance and unrest and confusion in the society in their attempts to bring the Government down”.
He added: “Since the 2013 elections, starting in the month of May, a five-year election campaign has started, not by us, but by our adversaries, and they seem to expect that we are going to join them with that. We have been elected to govern Barbados in the interest of all Barbadians, and is the campaign we are fighting now.”
“We’re not into electioneering. They can continue their politics of distraction, of trying to create civil commotion, but we in the Government will not be distracted by any of those tactics,” Stuart said.