By Julie Carrington
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (BGIS) — Barbadians will be going to the polls to elect a government to lead them for the next five years on January 19, 2022.
In an announcement to the nation this evening from llaro Court, prime minister Mia Amor Mottley said Nomination Day would be on January 3.
Mottley shared that she had met earlier in the day with the president of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason, and had advised that parliament be dissolved with immediate effect.
The prime minister added that Dame Sandra had also been advised to issue writs for the “holding of new elections in Barbados”.
“On this the 27th day of December, 2021, I have decided that it would be in the interest of Barbados, our country, our home that we recalibrate as a people behind one
Government and one leader. Let me say that whoever emerges as that leader I will support. I will do my utmost to promote the interest of Barbados and Barbadians in all that I say and do, as I have done in all of my public career and would continue to do until the Lord takes my breath,” she underlined.
Mottley disclosed that she would be advising officials from the Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the COVID-19 Cabinet Sub-Committee to meet on the structure of the voting process in light of the ongoing pandemic.
“I will also ensure that the leader of the opposition and myself are fully briefed after these meetings, and that we can update you in a matter of days on any agreed-upon changes with respect to simplifying the conduct of elections in this environment,” the prime minister stated.