It was generally smooth sailing today as police officers and other Election Day workers filed in and out of 30 polling stations spread across the island’s 30 constituencies today to cast their ballots, ahead for the May 24 poll.
From as early as 7 a.m., Election Day workers were seen filing in and out of polling stations with little to no fuss.
However, there were a few hiccups at the Trents Community Centre where Returning Officer Marcia Graham confirmed that a few people had turned up only to find out that their names were not on the list of 120 registered voters for St James Central, due to changes of address.
In Christ Church West Central the process was much more smooth, with Returning Officer Walter Jones describing today’s voting process in the southern riding where there were 76 people down to cast ballots, as generally incident-free.
Over in Christ Church East there was a “steady flow” of voters in and out of the polling station with Returning Officer Allan Archer reporting that a total of 120 Election Day workers were eligible to vote by the close of the poll at 5 p.m.
At the Valley Resource Centre several police officers patiently stood in line waiting to cast their ballots in the St George North constituency, while at the Duncan C Moore Educational Centre, located in the annex of the Sharon Moravian Church, St Thomas, there was a steady stream of persons coming in to cast their ballots.
By the time Barbados TODAY arrived there, Returning Officer Hallcourt Bovell reported that just over 54 of the 134 people registered had already voted, with no major hiccups occurring.
Over in the constituency of St James South at Caribbean Meteorological Institute, Husbands, St James Returning Officer Charles Phillips said the process was also smooth.
“No hiccups, there was a steady stream after seven o’clock and then there was a heavy stream around ten o’clock,” said Charles who was expecting a 75 per cent turnout today.
However, activity was much slower at the Sion Hill Community Centre in St James with Returning Officer Anthony Greaves reporting that 108 persons registered there had been trickling in to cast their ballots.
In St Michael, where close to 800 people were registered to cast votes across 11 polling stations, things were relatively quiet with voters trickling in to mark their X.
Polling clerks described the start to the voting process as steady, with some reporting that majority of the voting took place in the morning. (KB/KK/MM)