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The Electoral Commission of Barbados reported that everything is ready for the planned general elections to be held in the country this Wednesday, in compliance with the biosecurity protocols by Covid-19.

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The entity’s president, Leslie Haynes QC, told the media on Monday that some 266,330 people are called to participate in the nation’s first elections after becoming a republic last November.

“The registration for the elections has been printed and distributed to all political parties and independent candidates and election officials are collecting the last of their equipment and supplies as we speak,” he said.

In addition, he specified that some 3,700 Commission workers were trained and will be in the polling stations during election day. These elections were called on December 27 by Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

Regarding the protocols for Covid-19, he asserted that the measures must be correctly complied with in the face of citizen participation that may be similar to or greater than the 60 percent registered in the last elections.

“The voting booth will be disinfected after each voter and there are a lot of new pencils in each polling station, but if all the pencils have to be reused, they will be disinfected,” he said.

The process is expected to start at 6:00 a.m. (local time) and end at 6:00 p.m. (local time), but the official clarified that people who are in line at that time will be able to vote.

More than 100 candidates will compete on election day for seats in Parliament.

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