BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday January 29, 2013 – Barbadians go to the polls on February 21 to elect a new government ended months of speculation as to when Prime Minister Freundel Stuart would seek a new five year term in office.
A Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) statement said that Stuart, who took over the leadership of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) after the death of prime minister David Thompson in October 2010, had met with Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave on Tuesday to advise of the date.
BGIS said that the head of state has since issued the writ for a general election and dissolved Parliament, which earlier on Tuesday adjourned its last session until February 5.
Nomination Day is set for February 6.
The main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) had been boycotting Parliament in protest against the delay in calling the election past the fifth anniversary of the DLP administration on January 15.
In the 2008 election, the DLP won 20 of the 30 seats, defeating the BLP under the leadership of then prime minister Owen Arthur.
The DLP , which had been in opposition since 1994, won 53.21 per cent of the popular votes, while the BLP received 46.52 per cent.
Last month Prime Minister Stuart warned Arthur to be prepared for a battle.
“No quarter will be asked, none will be given — he can prepare himself for the battle of his life. So tell him just take it easy, that time will come, don’t rush the brush he may spill the paint,” Stuart told reporters. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)