Almost five months after the General Election was held, the workers who ran the poll for the Electoral and Boundaries Commission will finally be paid.
As the business of the House of Assembly was winding up this evening, Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson announced that Government had allocated $4,381,613.67 towards operating expenses associated with the May 24 poll, which saw the Barbados Labour Party win all thirty seats in the House of Assembly.
Hinkson said the current administration had to foot such a high bill “because earlier this year, the then Government voted $600,000 towards those elections, which was absolutely and totally inadequate”.
Referring to the issue as “an outstanding matter that must be rectified as soon as possible”, the Member of Parliament for St James North said the $4 million sum will not only cover payment of staff, but also “stationery, supplies, publications, broadcasts, transportation costs, along with the operations of polling stations and counting centres”.
Government has also allocated $175,000 towards operating expenses associated with a meeting of a sub-committee of CARICOM prime ministers slated for the last quarter of the current financial year. This expense came under the heading of the Prime Minister’s Office, as Prime Minister Mia Mottley now has lead responsibility for the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).