It would appear that the pledge by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to reinstate free university education has resonated with some voters.
With the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) both scheduled to hold political meetings tonight in a final attempt to sway the electorate, some of those with whom Barbados TODAY spoke on the eve of tomorrow’s poll said they would be voting for the return of free tertiary education.
“One of the most fundamental things I will be voting for tomorrow is free education. I have two daughters and I would like to see them go to university,” said Denis Boyce, an unapologetic BLP supporter, who will cast his vote in the constituency of St Andrew where the BLP’s George Payne and the DLP’s Irene Sandiford-Garner will battle it out.
Similar sentiments were shared by Melissa Rock, who made it clear that “whichever party gets in tomorrow I would like them to restructure the education system. A lot of people these days can’t afford education and to me that is important”.
Both voters, like many of those who spoke with Barbados TODAY, predicted a change in Government, citing the state of the economy as one of the reasons they expected the DLP to lose the election.
“I will be there voting for sure and I believe the BLP will win hands down. I have the general feeling that the people in Barbados want a relief,” a confident Boyce said.
“I think this administration has done little to nothing and people are looking forward to change because they believe a change will grow the economy. So I believe the BLP will win the most seats. The Dems will get five [seats at] the most.”
In the meantime, Rock said while she planned to cast her ballot, she would have liked to hear a lot more from the political parties on their plans to rebuild the economy instead of the many personal attacks levelled against each other.
Still, she said issues such as the south coast sewage problem and high taxes would be determining factors in the election.
“There is the sewage issue as well which is hurting the tourism industry and then there are a lot of taxes.
“I would like to hear from the parties in terms of their plans for the island as opposed to them just picking on each other. Give us the plans instead of the personal issues,” Rock told Barbados TODAY.
However, there were those such as Paul Wiltshire, who would not predict a clear-cut result, although Wiltshire forecasted a change of Government.
“Tomorrow will be a tough one. I can’t see a winner as yet. There are a lot of reasons why it is hard to predict but I believe we will get a switch,” he said, while stating that the new Government should focus on the economy.
“There are plenty things I will want to see from a new Government. We have to get our foreign reserves back up to start and then in terms of our day-to-day living, a lot of people are struggling.
“People need work and that is one of the most serious issues facing our country right now. People need to have jobs,” he said.
Another person who spoke on condition of anonymity predicted victory for the Mia Mottley-led BLP, stating that the incumbent DLP had failed, especially in its handling of the economy.
“I think Mia and the BLP will win tomorrow simply because the DLP has not done a good job in terms of the economy. Voting day is tomorrow and I want to take Dem out,” the person said.