Barbados is getting ready for the parliamentary elections on January 19 | News

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The Caribbean island of Barbados is getting ready to hold its first parliamentary elections on January 19 after becoming the youngest nation in the world last November, after resigning from the Queen of England as head of state.


Barbados calls historic elections for next January 19

In these elections, a total of 108 divided candidates compete to occupy a seat in the legislative body.

On Monday, the island's Supervisor of Elections, Angela Taylor, confirmed the candidacy of the more than 100 candidates divided between seven parties and nine independents.

According to the electoral authority, both the Barbados Labor Party (BLP), led by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, and the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) presented a list of 30 candidates.

For its part, Bishop Joseph Atherley's Alliance for Progress Party (APP) nominated 20 candidates and the Barbados Solutions group nominated 11 candidates for these elections.

The Electoral and Boundary Commission (EBC) indicated that 266,330 people are eligible to vote in the general elections on January 19.

At least 3,700 electoral officials will be on duty on Wednesday to see that the electoral process runs smoothly.

Parliamentary elections were called on December 27 by Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Mottley announced on that occasion that the reception of applications for these elections would begin on January 3, which were initially scheduled to take place in 2023.

Barbados has become the latest Caribbean country to call a general election during the Covid-19 pandemic after Saint Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Saint Lucia, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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