Voting in the east of the island as been going smoothly even as large numbers of voters wait patiently in the lines at the different polling stations.
In St Philip there are three constituencies of north, south and west currently held by the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
Before the 6 a.m. start of the poll, long lines could be seen at the Princess Margaret Secondary School where voters are placing their mark at five boxes.
Returning officer Pauline Morgan said voting began at the scheduled time and it “has been busy” ever since, while one voter who was in line from 5:30 a.m. said the wait “wasn’t too bad”.
Over at the Reynold Weekes Primary School the lines were basically the same.
But while one voter told Barbados TODAY that “it was the first time he had seen so many people in line at the 6 o’clock hour” anther said the process was “too sluggish” as she had been in line for an hour.
When Barbados TODAY visited St Philip Primary School, St Catherine Sports Club and St Marks Resource Centre between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., the lines noticably shorter.
However, Returning officer at St Marks Andrea Maxwell said the morning period was “very busy” but things had slowed down somewhat and she was expecting it to pick up around lunchtime.
So far, officers have reported no incidents at the stations visited.