The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for Christ Church East is complaining of chaotic scenes at polling stations in the area, and lines moving so slowly that people are getting frustrated and leaving without casting a ballot.
Wilfred Abrahams, who is hoping to unseat the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) Dr Denis Lowe, told Barbados TODAY people were out in front of polling stations long before 6 a.m. and he was forced to rush to stations after some supporters called to tell him they were leaving without voting.
“Out here at St Christopher has been chaotic. It is just ridiculous. This is not how an election is supposed to be. You have a polling station with no sign on it, people don’t know what it’s for,” Abrahams said.
“We have situations where people are in the lines because the sign is just not clear – spend 15, 20, 30 minutes in the line, get to the top and then they are in the wrong line. This is not rocket science, put up the signs properly where people can see it.”
Abrahams said he would hate to think that this was a deliberate attempt to frustrate people.
“I am here now because some of my supporters have called me and said they could not wait any longer and they were leaving. This election has been a complete catastrophe. I am hoping that the right outcome comes at the end of the day and that what has gone on does not actually frustrate people and alter the course of the election because I would hate to think that is anybody’s intention,” he said.
“I have voted many times before, I have never seen the lines move as slowly as they’re moving now or as much go wrong as has gone wrong in this election.”