Nomination day at the Eden Lodge Primary School in the St Michael North constituency was dotted with excitement and jubilation today as candidates contesting the May 24 general election filed their nomination papers.
While United Progressive Party (UPP) candidate Maria Phillips and People’s Democratic Congress (PDC) candidate Mark Adamson had just the required number of nominees and witnesses to complete the approximately half-an-hour process, it was the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidates, who came with their crowds of supporters.
Scores of people dressed in red turned up at the location minutes ahead of the BLP incumbent Ronald Toppin’s 11:15 arrival.
Toppin, who is contesting his seventh general election, was greeted with loud cheers, hugs and kisses from party faithful.
Following his nomination, the incumbent told reporters he had mixed emotions going into the election, including a “tinge” of nervousness and excitement.
However, he said he was pleased with the response from supporters today, adding that his plan for the constituency was to “continue to do what I am doing, just with a bit more intensity”.
A cautiously confident Toppin said he would ensure no stone was left unturned as he continued to garner support from his constituents.
He pointed out that despite being the sitting MP, his requests for help in his constituency had gone “unnoticed” over the years by the DLP administration.
“Your request just falls on deaf ears and I guess that is the price you pay for having a red constituency in a DLP Government,” he said.
First time contender Kim Tudor, who had dozens of supporters accompanying her to file her nomination papers just after 1:30 p.m., told Barbados TODAY she was feeling excited.
Tudor, who entered the political ring just over two months ago, said although she had “quite a bit of work to do” in the constituency leading up to election day, she was very confident.
“My aim is to make sure that I cover the entire constituency as I canvass and meet the residents. I think I would have done between 80 and 90 per cent of that. So I still have some to do,” Tudor said, adding that “my desire is to represent the people. Therefore I have to meet them. So the canvassing is still a priority for me, making sure I touch as many people as possible”.
Phillips, who was first to file her nomination papers at the location just after 10 a.m., told Barbados TODAY she was ready for the big day.
“I am excited. We are ready. We had a very intense year in preparation for this time and I believe that we are going to do well and we will see what happens from there,” she said.
Meanwhile, Adamson, after experiencing some delay in getting his nomination party at the location, said he too was confident going into the election.
He said he had been getting increased support from constituents, suggesting that it was not as good as he would have liked.
“We are getting some support, moral support pretty much [and] political support, but as time goes by we will get greater support,” he said.