14 Feb 2013Blog

Barbados elections 2013

by Summer

Elections in Barbados are set to take place on Thursday February 21st 2013. Sixty-eight candidates, including eight independents, have been nominated to contest the February 21st general elections, according to electoral officials. Polling stations will be open from 6AM until 6PM on election day.

Owen Arthur BLP

Owen Arthur

Freundel Stuart DLP

Freundel Stuart

The main competition is between the BLP, headed by Owen Arthur, and the DLP, headed by Freundel Stuart, as either one of these two parties have run the country since the first elections were held on the island.

For those of you who are not familiar with what it takes to become a voter in Barbados, the requirements are as follows:

  • A citizen of Barbados, who is 18 years of age or older, and has resided in an electoral constituency for at least three months prior to the Qualifying Date.
  • A Commonwealth citizen, 18 years of age or older, who has resided legally in Barbados for a period of at least three consecutive years and has resided in an electoral constituency for a least three months prior to the Qualifying Date.
  • A Non-Commonwealth Citizen, who is 18 years of age or older, who has resided legally in Barbados for a period of at least seven years and has resided in an electoral constituency for a least three months prior to the Qualifying Date.

If you don’t have a clue where to find your polling station, we can help! Just click hereand should you want to find out more about your constituency, and how many voters are registered in each area just click here.

Want to learn more about these Barbados political parties? All you need to do is visit the BPL website here and visit the DLP website here .

Below we have also included a full list of candidates for the Barbados 2013 general elections.

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For those who don’t already know this, Barbados has made it illegal for employers to penalise their workers for taking time from work to vote, (you could be imprisoned for 6 months OR fined up to $500 BBD), as a result most businesses will allow their employees to either come into work a little later or leave earlier to facilitate them having enough time to cast their vote.

In addition, it is an offence to sell or expose liquor at any premise in the Constituency to which a licence issued under the Liquor Licence Act. Cap. 182 applies. To get a full list of Barbados election offences click here. It is also import to note that all schools in Barbados will be closed on the day of elections, February 21st 2013.

Happy Voting!