In the lead up to elections which are constitutionally due here by June, another electoral alliance has been formed among two of this island’s fledgling political groupings.
Following the recent announcement made by the Citizens Action Partnership (CAP) that it would be subsuming itself into the United Progressive Party (UPP), the Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) and the New Barbados Kingdom Alliance (NBKA) have announced their own political union.
Flanked by the leader of the NBKA Apostle Lynroy Scantlebury, BIM Leader Neil Holder made the announcement this afternoon during a press conference held on the outskirts of the Worthing Post Office in Rendezvous, Christ Church.
He said BIM, which was launched in March 2016, has joined the forces with the NBKA which was founded in July 2017.
This is the second political alliance announced within the past six weeks, following the amalgamation of the UPP and CAP in December 2017.
Although the duo declined to say under what banner they would be contesting the next poll, they disclosed that they had 14 candidates between them.
However, they are looking to complete a full slate of 30 candidates by the time the poll is called.
“It is a merger not of convenience but a necessity because we share the same views and perspectives in terms of our country and what we look forward to happening here,” Holder said.
“We have the same demands also on service and how we will deliver that to the country and what we expect to those persons who will put themselves up for political office,” he added.
Holder also pointed out that both parties were bent on stamping out corruption.
“One of the reasons we have brought our . . . parties together is to ensure a future for Barbados will no longer have the word corruption associated with our country’s name,” he said.
Meanwhile, Apostle Scantlebury said the union was about giving Barbados the best alternative Government.
“Most of us across this island are aware that we need a change and not just a switch and so we want to make sure that come election time we are prepared to say to the public in Barbados this is an alternative to what you have been doing for the last 50 years. We want to give them the change to not switch but make a definite change,” he said.