Leader of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Mia Mottley has declared that tomorrow’s general election will be a clear cut battle between her BLP and the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP), while dismissing out of hand, the five other political parties that are to be listed on the ballot.
“No party formed for the wrong reason can survive in this type of climate where people are suffering. Whether you like it or not, this has come down to a two party race, the Democratic Labour Party and the Barbados Labour Party. This is a straight two party race. There has never been a clearer choice between a Government and an Opposition in this country,” Mottley told party supporters during a BLP meeting at Lodge Road, Christ Church last night.
The other contenders in the May 24 poll are the United Progressive Party, led by Lynette Eastmond; Solutions Barbados, led by Grenville Phillips II; the Barbados Integrity Movement, led by Neil Holder; People’s Democratic Movement, led by Mark Adamson and the Bajan Free Party, led by Alex Mitchell which is in a coalition with the Kingdom Government Party and the People’s Democratic Congress.
However, Mottley made reference to the 1976 general election when there were also a number of political parties contesting the polls, including the People’s Pressure Group, led by former journalist Al Gilkes, which took part in the People’s Political Alliance coalition.
On that occasion, then Prime Minister Tom Adams had warned that the so-called ‘third parties’ had no real influence on the outcome of the election.
The BLP leader also challenged voters to make a decision based on the direction in which they want to see the island go, while insisting that the ball was in their court.
“When Friday morning comes what do you want? What do you want to wake up to? We need a strong Barbados. Do you make a decision that will see this country become a failed society, or do you make a decision to vote for a team that is prepared at all costs to rescue and rebuild this country. History will come to reflect this moment in time.
“The choice for Barbados’ future will be determined by the people. Let us come together to save our country. This election means to us the choice between a failed society or a new dawn for Barbados. The power of the people is always greater than the people in power.
“You will either have a Government that is committed to this country or you will have a Government that will give you much more of the same that you have been receiving. If you want more of the same then you will take Freundel Stuart . . . [but] if you want a Government that will rescue, rebuild , help people to live and put Barbados’ pride back in Barbados, then vote for the Barbados Labour Party,” she said while endorsing her candidates in Christ Church.
While Mottley was in Christ Church, Stuart was in Deacon’s Farm, St Michael, where he appealed with his supporters to turn out in their numbers on Election Day in order to ensure the DLP secures a third straight term.
The Prime Minister warned that “every Democratic Labour Party member or supporter who stays home is voting for the Barbados Labour Party”.
“We cannot afford to have Democratic Labour Party people voting for the Barbados Labour Party. Come out and vote to make sure that every single vote that belongs to the Democratic Labour Party we are able to get in this election. When the votes are all counted we can hear the result that the Democratic Labour Party has been returned as the Government of Barbados,” he said.
“Try to persuade everybody around you of the importance of not staying home. Vote for the Democratic Labour Party and let us continue the great work we have done over the last ten years . . . working on a Barbados that includes all, engages all, benefits all and rewards all,”, the prime minster stated.