Nomination Day on Barbuda – yesterday, March 17 – saw 11 candidates putting themselves up for selection inthe upcoming biennial Barbuda Council election.
The Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM) is fielding five candidates, as is the Antigua Labour Party (ALP), since that number of seats is now vacant on the Council.
The BPM candidates are Nico Antonio, Melanie Beazer, Wayde Burton, Mackenzie Frank and Nadia John.
Those contending for the Antigua Labour Party – which initially said it would not contest the elections – are Tyrone Beazer, Wesley Beazer, Hasketh Daniel, Mackiesha DeSuza and Kelcina George.
The lone independent candidate is Ordrick Samuel, who is optimistic about his chances.
Returning Officer for Barbuda Vernest Mack describes Wednesday’s process as incident-free and smooth.
Meanwhile, Mack says that training for election workers will commence next Wednesday, March 24, for a three-day period. She adds that, this year, the polls will be held at the Holy Trinity School.
The Returning Officer says that candidates and their agents will be sworn in next Saturday, March 27, while final preparations for the polls will be undertaken on Sunday, March 28, the day before the polls are set to open.