As Barbadians prepare to elect a new Government on May 24, a local cleric is urging them not to sell their votes, but rather to use critical thinking in choosing their next legislators.
Anglican Archdeacon Eric Lynch, delivering the sermon at the annual thanksgiving service ahead of tomorrow’s
May Day celebrations here, said that Barbadians had much to think about when they go to the polling booths in less than four weeks time.
“It would not simply be displeasing to God, but it would be disrespectful of our God if, in the immediate future, anyone of you sold your vote,” Lynch said, warning that “You were bought with a price, the price being Christ’s own blood.
“No vote selling by any of you,” he cautioned, while calling on those gathered at the headquarters of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) to “consider those who would present themselves and their manifestos carefully, using critical thinking with which the Lord has blessed you and consider whom you would vote for.
“The inducement must be to do God’s will as you understand that will. There must be no vote buying.”
Nomination Day is scheduled for May 7 with the upcoming election expected to be a straight fight between the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the main Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), whose leader, Mia Mottley, is seeking to become this country’s first woman head of Government.
In the last general election held in 2013, the DLP won 16 of the 30 seats in the Parliament with the remainder going to the BLP.
Archdeacon Lynch, who is also the BWU’s chaplain, reminded those attending the church service, including Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo as well as Opposition members that people were not up for sale.
“Our brothers and sisters were for sale not far from here, beside St Mary’s Anglican Church, Jubilee Gardens, which was the centre of commercial activity for the entire Western Hemisphere. That shows how important Barbados was. Not again, my brothers and sisters.
“The future we want is a future where we can stand as God’s people, brothers and sisters of each other, and look each other in the eye and bless persons for doing God’s will,” the Anglican cleric insisted.