Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has warned that the stakes in the upcoming General Election are high as he cautioned party faithfuls not to underestimate the Opposition and their operatives.
“ There is nothing they will not do to pervert our electoral processes. I know what I am talking about and I also know who I am talking about. You cannot leave anything to chance in this election the stakes are very high. They are people surrounding the Barbados Labour Party who believe they have had to do without for too long. And that they cannot afford to wait any longer. Take every precaution and understand that your future and your children’s future are at stake,” he said.
Stuart was speaking Sunday at a political meeting in Thorpes, St James, where he also advised those working on Election Day, counting votes for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), to “walk with their own light”.
“Next Thursday night votes have to be in all the 30 constituencies. I want to sound a toxin to all those who will be counting votes for the Democratic Labour Party to travel with your own light,” he said to a loud outburst of laughter.
The incumbent MP for St Michael South pointed out that just recently on the afternoon, the new Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, was to be sworn in the electricity went off. He then recalled an incident which happened during the 1976 election.
“In 1976 in the constituency of St Michael South East a count was on and while that count was going on the Democratic Labour Party candidate John Connell was in the lead and all of a sudden the electricity went off and by the time the electricity came back on his opponent Delisle Bradshaw was in the lead. Make sure you have your own light next Thursday night,” the lawyer said.
The PM told Barbadians that Thursday’s General Election was the most important election since post-Independence.
“Thursday you have a critical decision to make. Whether you will re-elect the Democratic Labour Party to office and therefore guarantee the continued development of this country, or whether you will gamble with your future by experimenting with a motley collection of well organized self-seekers in the Barbados Labour Party and put Barbados at risk.” (IMC)