Far from “ailing and dying”, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) representative for Christ Church East Dr Denis Lowe is insisting he is in “excellent” health.
Lowe made the declaration today at the St Christopher Primary School, just moments after completing the nomination process for the May 24 general election.
While he walked with a visible limp, Lowe, who was flanked by the DLP’s campaign manager Robert Bobby Morris, told the media he was willing to serve his constituents for as long as his services were required.
“I had a very serious fall that resulted in serious damage to my knee. I had to go through two surgeries on my left knee and it is unrealistic to believe you can just jump back up and run around as you would wish to.
“I am on the mend and other than my knee my health is very good . . . so the report is that my health is excellent and the prognosis for my knee is very, very good. As a matter of fact, I am way ahead of the process because the external wound is completely healed and it is just some soreness in the joint I am working through,” he revealed.
However, his Barbados Labour Party (BLP) rival Wilfred Abrahams, who lost to Lowe by 768 votes in 2013, was confident of a different outcome this time round.
Accompanied by his parents and his wife, Natalie, a self-assured Abrahams said he was eager to “get down to business”.
“I feel wonderful. It’s good to get the formal part out of the way. It’s been a long campaign and this is the last official thing we have to do. Now it’s down to the work to secure the victory,” the BLP hopeful, who was mobbed by party supporters, said shortly after leaving the school.
“I know what it felt like in 2013, but this is an entirely different situation. I just want to get in, get the whole election pass and get down to doing the work of the people as the parliamentary representative for Christ Church East.”
Abrahams vowed to run a clean campaign, stating he did not intend to “kick a sick man while he was down”.
Meantime, the United Progressive Party’s candidate Victor Knight said his chances were as good as any.
The first-time candidate said: “No votes have been counted and the returning officer hasn’t declared anyone the incumbent as yet. Until that day, then we will see.”
The fourth candidate vying for the seat is Anne Marie Weatherhead of Solutions Barbados who said she was looking forward to the election, describing it as one the “biggest and most exciting elections that we have ever seen”.
She said she hoped voters would not only look at candidates, but also at policies.