The Barbados Labour Party’s promise of a clean election campaign is being questioned by the members of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
At a press conference this morning at the DLP Christ Church East Central constituency office, representative Ronald Jones and Christ Church West Central representative Stephen Lashley called on the Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley to state her position on the vote buying and what they call the “orchestrated acts of aggression” occurring four days before polling day.
“This is the first [election] where an opposition party begins by saying that they will be conducting a clean campaign and . . . that has been only rhetoric,” said Lashley.
“In this election we are seeing a very orchestrated kind of aggressive behaviour which is clearly being led by the Barbados Labour Party and I believe young people are being involved unwittingly in acts of aggression and if that is not the case, it is up to the leadership of the Barbados Labour Party to say that is not so, to denounce it,” he continued.
On Friday night the DLP’s Christ Church, St Michael South Central representative Richard Sealy accused supporters of the opposition of canvasing throughout his constituency, distributing folded red t-shirts to constituents with funds amounting to $250.
“Two separate reports from two different areas in my constituency [spoke] of red t-shirts being distributed, and contained within the folds would be . . . two Sir Grantleys and an Errol Barrow with a piece of scotch tape across. I never experienced a situation where we have seen money being literally thrown around,” he said.
This morning, Lashley also spoke of acts such as the burning of DLP paraphernalia by persons wearing red shirts. He demanded that Mottley speaks out and state her stance on the acts that have occurred.
“I believe it is up to the leadership of the Barbados Labour Party to distance themselves from those clearly orchestrated acts of aggression by people in red. If that is not the way we need to conduct this election then the Barbados Labour Party needs to come out and say that but they have not said that their silence has been golden,” Lashley argued.
“The Democratic Labour Party will have none of it! We will continue to defend our record and we will continue to canvas,” he stressed.
Lashley urged DLP supports not to cower in fear but to report acts of provocation to the Royal Barbados Police Force. He encouraged citizens to have a difference of opinion but in a respectful manner.
“Historically elections in Barbados have been conducted in a peaceful and a fair environment and I want to ensure that that continues to be the case. Everybody is entitled to have their opinion but we have to understand that we . . . differ and differ in a respectful manner,” he added.