As Barbudans go to the polls today, March 29, to select five new members of the Barbuda Council, one candidate, Nadia John, says this election will not be bought.
She is referring to allegations that other political parties – in elections past – have “treated” residents to obtain their votes. These include claims of money-laden boats being sent to the sister- island during an election period.
John, a member of the Barbuda Peoples’ Movement (BPM), says that Barbudans will not be fooled this time around. She says the Government has an agenda; and if Barbudans were to fall for its lies and deceit, then the island will be doomed.
This Council election is vital to the Gaston Browne Administration, since it will be a land grab and land giveaway to anyone who can come with money, John declares.
In spite of the pandemic and its various restrictions, John is encouraging all Barbudans to go out to the polls and cast their ballots.
Other BPM candidates contesting today are Nico Antonio, Melanie Beazer, Wayde Burton and Mackenzie Frank.
Representing the Antigua Labour Party are Tyrone Beazer, Wesley Beazer, Hasketh Daniel, Mackiesha DeSuza, and Kelcina George.
Ordrick Samuel is the single independent candidate contesting the elections.
Polls open at 7 a.m., and,this year, voting takes place at the Holy Trinity School. Overseeing the elections is Returning Officer Vernest Mack.