EBC not yet ready to stage elections – Stuart

By the end of the current financial year on March 30, the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (EBC) should be ready to stage the next general election.

This indication from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today as he sought and received a supplementary vote in Parliament for $591,067 to assist the commission with its preparations for the highly anticipated poll, which is constitutionally due by the middle of next year.

Addressing the final sitting of Parliament for 2017, Stuart explained that the budget allocated to the EBC for the 2017/2018 financial year was $1.9 million.

However, with general elections now around the corner, he said a review of the EBC’s expenditures as at August 31 this year and projections for the period September 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018, showed that the additional sum of $591,067 was now required.

“All of these expenditures are related to the fact that in a few months time, certainly up to the end of the financial year, preparation will have to be made for an upcoming general election and the department has to be properly positioned to do all those things that are necessary to ensure that our election machinery is properly oiled and smoothly functioning so that we can go through that process as we have done so successfully from the time universal adult suffrage was introduced in Barbados in 1951,” the Prime Minister said in his contribution to the debate on the supplementary resolution in which he sought to suggest that the next poll could go down to the wire.

In detailing exactly how the requested half million dollars would be spent, the St Michael South Member of Parliament said $9,293 would go towards the payment of National Insurance for the additional staff members; $1,950 for the rental of two scanners for three months to complete scanning of national registration cards and $117,881 for the purchase of supplies and materials, including printer ink, surge protectors, cameras “and other peripherals used in registration equipment”.

Stuart also said $173,639 would go towards other operating expenses; $197,644 towards the purchase of computer software and $90,660 towards the payment of the temporary workers, including one senior executive officer, ten clerical officers and two clerk typists.

“Of those 13 temporary posts, five of the clerical officer posts were filled in September and as a result an estimated sum of will be required to supplement this vote for expenditures to be incurred form September 1 to March 31, 2018,” he said.

22 Responses to EBC not yet ready to stage elections – Stuart

  1. Caroline Boxill
    Caroline Boxill December 20, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Well Regardless It have to come

  2. BIG SKY December 20, 2017 at 2:27 am

    The longest rope has an end,the people fed up with you and your Ministers foolishness.Patching the said road over and over, wasting tax payers money,citizens paying high taxes yearly can.t get a siding board or sheet of galvanize from this Government. Cant wait to say GOODBYE.

  3. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood December 20, 2017 at 3:24 am

    You are so right , when fumble wake up from his slumber he will call it

  4. Dale Black
    Dale Black December 20, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Did our esteem PM just give us de month for the next general elections interesting

  5. milli watt December 20, 2017 at 5:46 am

    my friend FRUNS!

  6. Jeffrey Quimby
    Jeffrey Quimby December 20, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Look at all the PMs that do that lost there seat when there call elections

  7. Shanika Roberts Odle
    Shanika Roberts Odle December 20, 2017 at 6:44 am

    So what the hell have they been doing

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray December 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      The pot holes stop them from getting around the country.

  8. Sue Donym December 20, 2017 at 6:45 am

    What? How can such gross underestimation be justified… they were off by about one third of the amount stated!
    They have ONE job. Are they the only people that did not know that elections were upcoming. What else do they do, if not understand the requirements of their office?
    Is there such a thing as hidden election expenses?

  9. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 20, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Folks be realistic he ain’t gine call elections until they are constitutionally due in June 2018.

  10. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 20, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Call it after the south coast fix.You will get more votes.

  11. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott December 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Wanna better don’t talk big cause bajans real hand to mout when those politicians start giving out money and more money them gine put that x all about… but just being me

  12. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed December 20, 2017 at 8:02 am

    5 years to prepare…..but then again anything wunna incharge of will have problems anyway!!

  13. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside December 20, 2017 at 8:46 am


  14. Ronald R Thompson
    Ronald R Thompson December 20, 2017 at 9:24 am

    That’s because he dont want to call it

  15. Ronald R Thompson
    Ronald R Thompson December 20, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I dislike how this man handle the affairs of this country

  16. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore December 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

    We’re not surprised from a man known for doing precious little. You mean to say that on the eve of the 5 yrs anniversary we’re still not ready? The celebrations for independence were long in place before the event. I quests it’s a matter of priorities.

  17. hcalndre December 20, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I will bet that with the money that he has allotted for this and that for the elections, long after the elections, people that worked will be saying that they are still waiting to be paid, give the man and his team another 6 months and that will be 6 years in which he may get things righted, if it was up to Stuart he would never call the election, that`s why its about time that a fix day in a fix month that elections would be called, not the PM waiting and hoping that the economy gets back on track, then to call an election.

  18. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain December 20, 2017 at 12:32 pm


  19. Pat BB
    Pat BB December 20, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    No one in their right mind should be surprise….good things come to those who wait tho.

  20. luther thorne December 20, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Duh sey duh ready


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