The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is promising to ramp up its general election campaign now that the nomination process is out of the way.
Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick today said the DLP had been taking its time before turning up the volume because it wished to be in compliance with the law.
“It is after this nomination event that we are going to be able to act within the laws of Barbados. We therefore would be able to function with posters and billboards and that type of activity. I have heard the statements before that it is custom and practice to put up posters before nomination day but you are not a candidate before nomination day. So therefore it should not be up there. That is the law,” Estwick told reporters after completing his nomination at Princess Margaret School this afternoon as his party’s candidate for St Philip West.
Estwick, who along with proposer Brenda Reid and seconder Cleopatra Doughty submitted the requisite documents to Returning Officer Pauline Morgan and Election Clerk Roger Padmore, said lawmakers had a duty to ensure that they were always in step with the law.
“We are lawmakers so we can’t be law breakers too. So now that we have gone through that we will be going full flight as of tonight. The full machinery of the Democratic Labour Party machine will be seen. There are persons out there saying that the DLP is very quiet but we are not in Westbury cemetery, we knew exactly what we were doing and we wanted to do it within the confines of the law,” he stressed.
Estwick said he was confident of retaining the seat he has held since 2003, sweeping aside in the process, challengers John King of the Barbados Labour Party and Leighton Greenidge of Solutions Barbados.
Greenidge, who showed up an hour before the scheduled 10 a.m. start of nomination, was proposed by Anne Sealy and seconded by Derrick Carrington, with Frankie Best and Edwin Beckles.
He told reporters he was undaunted by the prospects facing the man nicknamed Pit Bull due to his political aggression.
“I feel pretty good about our chances because our policies and our message is far superior to everybody else’s,” Greenidge said.
“Barbadians realize that dramatic change is needed to get the country back on track. Over the next few days it would be all about campaigning to make sure that everybody knows who we are,” he added.
Meantime, King, who turned up for nomination at 11 a.m., along with proposer Vede De Bellotte and seconder Tonya Sargeant, was equally confident about his chances of toppling the three-term incumbent.
“The plan now is to get out there and keep pounding the pavement. As a new candidate we have a lot of work to do going down to Election Day but I know it is going to pay off and St Philip West will finally get the representation that it deserves,” King said.