It might have been a case of Nomination Day jitters for Christ Church West Central incumbent Stephen Lashley, who turned up at the Deighton Griffith School just after 1 p.m. for his nomination, only to realize he had forgotten his receipt.
However, after a rush to his Haggatt Hall, St Michael office, a relieved Lashley returned with the vital document.
“All I had to do was to retrieve the very critical receipt which I had in another folder,” a smiling Lashley told the media. “But I retrieved it and got it to the centre.”
After completing the process he said he was quite confident heading into the May 24 general election.
“I feel quite confident. This is my third election . . . and I am very confident I will be retaining this seat because the support is there.”
Kenneth Lewis of Solutions Barbados was the first candidate to start the process rolling, arriving just after 10 a.m.
Despite being a first-timer, Lewis said he was unfazed.
“Today was a very smooth process . . . and I am happy. I have no kind of fear right now and it is now the official first step going forward now and I am here to do my best for the constituency,” he said.
Barbados Labour Party candidate Adrian Medic Forde was in a party mood after completing the nomination process.
With his theme song blazing from the speakers on a truck, Forde was joined by several supporters decked in red shirts in a ‘mini cavalcade’ from the school to Silver Hill.
“Democracy is going to be at its best when May 24th comes because the people will finally have a voice in this country, something that was fought for in the thirsty 30’s and that enfranchisement must not be taken for granted,” he said.
While she admitted to having jitters, Ria Riley of the United Progressive Party said she was up to the task at hand.
“I feel good . . . . Of course I have some jitters, but I know at the end of the day I have a job to do and I have a team behind me which is backing me 100 per cent so I am very confident in my duties,” Riley said.