Just after 11 a.m. today the sound of a tuk band and music blasting from speakers signaled the arrival of the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) candidate Floyd Reifer to the nomination centre.
Moments later, the former Barbados and West Indies cricketer and coach confidently ascended the short incline to the Valley Resource Center in the Glebe, St George.
Dozens of DLP supporters in yellow or blue shirts, including Reifer’s wife Amanda Reifer, DLP president Verla De Peiza, former general secretary George Pilgrim and longstanding members and former ministers Ronald Jones and Steve Blackett accompanied the first-time political hopeful to hand in his papers to the election officials.
Reifer made his way into the venue, where he was proposed by his wife and seconded by his uncle Herbert Reifer.
After he emerged as the DLP’s official candidate for the November 11 by-election in St George North, Reifer said he was looking forward to victory when the votes were finally tallied.
He said he had been continuing to campaign throughout the constituency and the feedback he had been receiving was quite encouraging.
“I’m very confident. We’ve been doing a lot of hard work and I want to thank everybody here this morning, the full team. We’ve been working hard everyday and we are very confident.
“The feedback has been great. We go to everybody’s house within the constituency. What I do is I go house to house and people have been calling me saying I haven’t gotten to them yet. The constituency is a big place but I’m going to get to everybody. When I go to the neighborhood I don’t drive around and pick certain people to go to, but the response has been great,” Reifer told members of the media.
While opting not to reveal the party’s final plans heading into the next month’s by-election, De Peiza said from today, Nomination Day, the DLP’s presence would be increased.
“We will ramp up our campaign effective immediately. We now are officially a part of this by-election. We don’t want to let all of our secrets out because we’ve recognized certain trends but you will see that we will be escalating our presence in St George North from this point going forward,” De Peiza said.