A confident Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader has called on Barbadians to remain calm, as voting in today’s general election winds down.
Speaking with reporters before casting her ballot, Mottley said she expects the BLP will emerge victorious.
“We remain ever confident now that if Barbadians vote, literally, according to what is best for Barbados, then we should emerge victorious,” she said.
“More than anything else, I want everybody to stay calm, we got this one and we’re doing well.”
Mottley expressed thanks to residents “for heeding our call to come out early in their numbers” to cast their ballots.
“I think we’re satisfied that they’ve done that. There’s been a lot of passion on the part of people for their country. People feel that this is a significant, in fact the most significant election since independence and that this election will determine the future direction of our country, whether there’s a new dawn or whether we continue on a path where institutions continue to do poorly, and the economy continues to contract,” she said.
“The last ten years have been referred to as the lost decade for that reason. So, we are satisfied that the voters have heeded that call to come out early and to do what is necessary to get to vote.”
Mottley also said she is aware that there have been some hiccups but added that “we are managing those in a very orderly manner.”
“Barbados has a tradition of being orderly and we want to maintain that as far as possible,” she said.
Mottley is hoping to become Barbados’ first-ever woman prime minister.
If victorious, she will join the likes of the late Dame Eugenia Charles of Dominica, Janet Jagan of Guyana, Portia Simpson Miller in Jamaica and Kamla Persad Bissessar in Trinidad and Tobago in heading a government in the CARICOM region.
The polls are scheduled to close at 6 p.m.