Election code gets limited support

As another general election nears, at least two of Barbados’ newest political parties are ready to sign on to a code of conduct in keeping with outgoing Catholic Bishop Jason Gordon’s suggestion.

Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Lynette Eastmond and founder of Solutions Barbados Grenville Phillips II told Barbados TODAY they had no difficulty conforming to the proposed code, which is aimed at reducing mudslinging and character attacks in the lead up to the poll, constitutionally due by the middle of next year.

In response to Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler’s claim that the upcoming general election “is going to be easily the nastiest campaign” ever fought in Barbados and Democratic Labour Party stalwart Derek Alleyne’s contention that it would be the mother of all political battles in which “who lives with whom is going to come up as part of the election campaign”, Gordon, who is Archbishop-elect of the Catholic Church of Trinidad and Tobago and will soon be returning to his homeland, suggested last week that all parties here should sign an election code of conduct.

However, both the incumbent DLP and the main Opposition Barbados Labour Party have expressed reservations in doing so.

DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim told Barbados TODAY that while some members of the ruling party had views on the matter, a policy position had not yet been taken on the matter.

“Such a matter has not occupied the attention of the party’s executive yet. Derek Alleyne’s view is Derek’s view. No one should hold the party to Alleyne’s view,” Pilgrim said in seeking to distance the DLP from the stalwart’s controversial remarks.

Meanwhile BLP General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott declined to comment on the Bishop’s call.

However, during a brief interview with Barbados TODAY, UPP Leader Eastmond said: “I do not have a difficulty in signing on to an election code of conduct.

However, she was not convinced that a code would have the effect of cleaning up the election campaign.

“I am quite sure I have seen a code of conduct signed in the past, but nobody behaved any differently. People behaved just as they did in the past,” she said.

However, the leader of Solutions Barbados suggested that a political code could be useful, even though he argued that it should not be necessary given that politicians on all sides were “honourable men and women”.

While stressing that those who aspire to hold political office should display nothing less than honourable behaviour, Phillips said: “I will support it and willingly sign it, but we have to see what it contains. We in Solutions Barbados do not believe that you should go on a platform and engage in personal attacks.”

“The Archbishop should not only propose the code of conduct, but provide a draft so that we could consider it and agree to it.

“We must get away from just saying what we need to do without detailing how we need to execute it,” the political leader added.

When contacted, leader of the Citizens Action Partnership, Wendell Callender, said he was not aware of the Bishop’s call; therefore he could not make an informed comment.  Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) leader Neil Holder could not be reached for comment.  

10 Responses to Election code gets limited support

  1. Star Wood
    Star Wood October 25, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    When you’re in the public eye your business is no longer private so if u don’t want yuh nasty business come out don’t do it…Enuff said

    • Javan Carmichael
      Javan Carmichael October 26, 2017 at 9:25 am

      That is not nice Star Wood, the laws of Barbados give people the right to be free from such, you can be sued.

  2. Cheryl Barrow
    Cheryl Barrow October 26, 2017 at 12:18 am

    she could really go and hide she self if she could not win a seat how she gine win a government stupes

    • The Negrocrat October 26, 2017 at 6:36 am

      Yes Cheryl, we voting Froon and the coons

  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd October 26, 2017 at 12:35 am


  4. archy perch October 26, 2017 at 2:38 am

    What part is the unsettled issue regarding Dr. Maria Agard going to play is all this. And where does BLP Chairman, George Payne stand now. He had said the good Dr. Agard would be reinstated as a BLP member. Hummmm

  5. Christopher Robinson
    Christopher Robinson October 26, 2017 at 5:29 am

    They have a full slate of candidates yet tho? Wonder if any have Westbury Cemetery addresses.

    • Javan Carmichael
      Javan Carmichael October 26, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Wait you killing the UPP before the time man??? Hahaha.

  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 26, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Politricks and politricking.

  7. jrsmith October 26, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Code of conduct , what I was always saying , we need an act of parliament , namely so , the ( Accountability Act 2017 ) this is because our politicians is out of order, they are out of control , they do what they like , when they like , they say what they like when they like , because they report to no one……….
    Our black masses is treated as second class citizens , no respect from our politicians our society is divided as them and us , which is ever so visible……………….

    This act of parliament would give our people the chance , to be in control ,meaning the same votes to elect MPs to office would be used to remove them , if they are not working in the interest of the people …
    For 2 decades , bajans put up with politicians we couldn’t get rid of and had to wait for a general election to try and do so, just think if this said government , is voted back to office after the coming elections what then would be the out come…. waiting for another five years……………………..Has anyone ever considered a coalition government in barbados………….


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