Thousands of Barbadians have been removed from the Register of Electors as preparations intensify for the general election, constitutionally due by the middle of this year.
A 76-page supplement to the Official Gazette dated December 25, 2017 revealed that the names of 2,836 people ranging in age from 23 to 110 were purged from the register for the period December 1, 2016 to October 31, 2017.
Although the document did not explain the reasons behind the removal of the names, the process is usually carried out when electors die or leave the jurisdiction.
In another move to prepare for the poll, the local military has been given the “green light” to work with the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to maintain public order.
The Official Gazette dated December 28, 2017 revealed that the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) had been given permission by then Acting Governor General Sir Phillip Greaves to work with the police from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018.
The approval was given BDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant Colonel Glyne Grannum in written directions dated December 22, 2017.
The document noted that Section 9 (2) of the Defence Act makes the Chief of Staff subject to the Governor General’s directions with respect to the military’s operational use.
“I, Phillip Marlowe Greaves, Acting Governor General . . . do hereby give you directions for the operational use of the Barbados Defence Force in Barbados and for the purposes of maintaining and securing public order and public safety in support of the civil authority, for the period commencing on 1st day of January, 2018 and ending on 30th day of June, 2018,” the Government notice read.