The island’s election managers are yet to reveal the final vote count or the level of turnout at this year’s general election, five days after the historic poll that saw the Barbados Labour Party under the leadership of Mia Mottley staging a clean sweep of all 30 seats to oust the Democratic Labour Party.
Chief Electoral Officer Angela Taylor declared this afternoon she was not in a position to provide official figures since the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (EBC) was still awaiting some of the data.
“I am still collecting information from the returning officers,” she told Barbados TODAY, while at the same time promising to release information on the turnout when it becomes available.
However, pollster and political scientist Peter Wickham reported that the turnout was about 60 per cent, the lowest in the island’s post-independence electoral history.
According to Wickham, an analysis of the available information revealed that the number of registered voters increased by three per cent while the overall turnout fell by four per cent.
There was a 62 per cent turnout for the 2013 general election.