A slow start to the day at several polling stations in St John improved only slightly later in the morning, as voters apparently stayed home during the early part of voting.
When Barbados TODAY visited the Owen Estwick and Earl Glasgow Auditorium at the Lodge School in Massiah Street just after 6 a.m. only a handful of people were present to cast their ballots. The story was the same at the nearby St John’s Primary School and St John’s Parish Church.
There was an even shorter line at the Horatio Cooke Sports Complex at the Gall Hill playing field, one of the few outdoor polling stations.
Checks at the St Gabriel’s Church and the Holy Cross Anglican Church also revealed just a few persons trickling in.
After casting his vote in his hometown of St Thomas, Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate for St John George Pilgrim made his way to Lodge School where he told reporters he intended to travel throughout the parish to try to persuade voters to show up.
“I came to check on the turnout of the polls and to look in on the polling agents who are assigned to work at the stations. I will be making my rounds throughout the entire day to check on the polling stations.
“I will also be checking on those persons who have the responsibility to get out and vote. For me, today it is all about getting the vote out,” Pilgrim insisted.
“That is my mission in St John today. The limp, the lame, those who can run and who can walk, in trying to get them out to the polls this morning.”
He said he was confident that the people of St John would maintain their faith in the DLP and would “honour the memory of its founding fathers Errol Walton Barrow and David Thompson”.
Despite a hiccup with the voting list, which resulted in a few people being turned away, candidate for the Barbados Labour Party Charles Griffith said he too was confident of victory.
“I’m very, very confident about what I’ve seen so far and I’m just hoping that everything continues in the same vein,” Griffith, who was congratulated by his daughter Niah Belgrave shortly after casting his ballot at the Mount Tabor Primary School, told Barbados TODAY.
“When I went to the polling stations I saw lines so I am feeling good about the lines that I saw. So there are no problems for me.”
Griffith revealed that as a result of issues with the voting list, some persons who turned up to vote could not do so, resulting in him “losing” several votes.
However, he said he did not believe those numbers were large enough to change the outcome of the election.