Scores of anxious residents in the St James South constituency started to gather as early as 5 o’clock this morning at the West Terrace Primary School, one of the four polling stations in the constituency, in order to mark that crucial X as they seek to choose their next representative for the area.
When the polling station opened at 6 a.m., the long queues of electorates started to cast their votes.
Men and women over the legal voting age turned up at the polling station where there are three boxes to vote. Some were dressed in their morning workout gears.
There was one woman in a wheelchair who was assisted by family members. Others came with walking aide as they too sought to mark that important X.
While it was generally a smooth process, some residents turned up unaware of which of the three boxes they were casting their votes.
The presiding officer for the constituency, Charles Philips did not arrive until about 6:20 a.m. at the West Terrace location and he could not immediately say how many people were registered to vote in the St James South constituency.
However, Paul Gibson, the Solutions Barbados representative for St Michael South, who cast his vote just after 6 o’clock in the St James South constituency where he is registered to vote, said the process for him was seamless.
In this constituency incumbent Donville Inniss of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), is up against Sandra Husbands of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), Christal Austin of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Jacqueline Alleyne Worrell of Solutions Barbados and independent candidate Nicole Howell.
A stones throw away at the Western Light Church of the Nazarine, scores of anxious residents also filed into the West Terrace polling station where they cast their votes.
Over at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology the process was also a smooth one.
At the Queens College location, the process was also smooth as long lines of residents filed in to vote. Residents said they were pleased with the process, also describing it as smooth.