Across the constituencies of St Michael East, St Michael South East, St Michael South Central voting has been going smoothly even as large numbers of voters waited patiently in the line at the various polling stations.
Barbados TODAY arrived at The Barbados Community College at 5:45 a.m. to find scores of voters already queued outside the gate eager to cast their ballots. However, the process got under way seven minutes late.
One upset voter, who was in line from early, was visibly upset that no official explanation was given. However, at his prompting and that of other voters who were waiting in line, a chair was provided for an 83-year-old military veteran Samuel Clarke who was forced to endure the wait.
Over at the Parkinson Memorial School, there were no such grumbles but election officers were kept busy with queries from several anxious first-timer voters.
The situation was pretty much the same at Mount Olives Holy Church of America in St Michael South Central. And when Barbados TODAY visited the St Michael School just after 8 a.m., Presiding Officer Katherine Hudson reported that the everything was “going good” with over 70 persons having already cast their ballots in the first two hours of 12-hour national voting exercise.
It however remains to be seen what the outcome will be in these marginal seats, including St Michael East which was won by the Barbados Labour Party’s Trevor Prescod by a mere 117 votes in 2013; in St Michael South East which the BLP’s Santia Bradshaw won by only ten votes and St Michael South Central where the Democratic Labour Party incumbent Richard Sealy won by 264 votes.