Birthday hopes dashed
The numbers did not add up in Asokore Beckles’ favour Sunday night as he suffered a stunning birthday disappointment when the votes were counted in the race to nominate a candidate to represent the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the St Michael South riding.
The statistician, who turned 32 yesterday, lost handsomely to management consultant Kirk Humphrey by 232 votes to 70, with the third person in the race, Nathaniel Boyce, a distant third with 47 votes.
Beckles had gone into the race confident he would emerge the BLP nominee to take on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, telling Barbados TODAY last week that his chances of securing the nomination were better because he had been on the ground longer.
However, following last night’s sobering result he admitted that “the better man at the end of the day won”.
The Government economist, who is employed in the Statistical Services Department, also pledged his support to Humphrey in the quest to unseat Stuart in the next general elections.
“I am pretty happy as it stands, the people in St Michael South would have spoken. I know Kirk Humphrey for many years. It was a very keenly contested race and the better man at the end of the day won. As members of the Barbados Labour Party we will be working together. I look forward to working with him and other members of the party in the next general elections,” Beckles told Barbados TODAY hours after tasting defeat.
“I will give Kirk Humphrey my 110 per cent support. We had a discussion after the nomination and we will be working together to make sure the best representation is given to the people of St Michael South and that the Prime Minister is removed at the next election,” he added.
In the lead up to the nomination, Beckles had complained that the Prime Minister had been absent from the constituency.
“There are many areas that have not seen the Prime Minister in God knows how long. Some people say they have never seen him . . . and it has come now to a head where they say they have had enough,” he said then.