One of the country’s most senior politicians is switching from managing the electoral process to senior campaign official for the May 24 general election.
The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has announced that Deputy Chairman of the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (EBC) Dame Billie Miller is quitting the EBC to join the BLP campaign team.
In making the announcement last night, BLP leader Mia Mottley did not disclose what role Dame Billie would play as the party seeks to end the Democratic Labour Party’s tenure after two terms at the helm of the country’s affairs.
However, Mottley said despite her confidence of a victory, she was taking no chances.
“There are some things that I need her to do over the course of the next few weeks for us,” she said of the former Deputy Prime Minister who was among a panel of BLP stalwarts leading discussion at a party event at the Radisson Aquatica Resort.
“I am not taking anything for granted, and none of you must because what lies at stake is too much. The stability of this country is at risk.
“I therefore asked her to formally join this campaign because no one can replace her in the campaign, but they can find someone to do her work in the Electoral and Boundaries Commission,” Mottley stressed, while revealing that Sir Leslie Haynes, QC, had been nominated to replace Dame Billie at the EBC.
A confident Mottley told the party stalwarts, candidates and supporters “the wind may be in our sail” but the BLP needed to do everything to “bring the boat safely into harbour”.
“I make no apologies for saying I will not take any chances with the lives and aspirations of the people of Barbados in so doing,” she said.
Dame Billie, the daughter of former parliamentarian, Frederick Miller, was first elected to parliament to represent The City in 1976, and, with the exception of 1986 to 1991, held onto the seat until her retirement in 2008.