Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley and the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) last night (January 19) received a resounding vote of approval, repeating their 2018 feat of sweeping all 30 seats in parliament for a landslide general election victory.
The election results sees the Caribbean nation’s first female head of government receiving a second consecutive term after Barbadian citizen declared they had bought into the philosophy that they are “safer with Mia”.
Preliminary results indicated that the BLP won all the seats in the snap election called in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and more than a year ahead of the constitutional deadline.
Mottley, who has indicated that this will be her last general election, easily won her St Michael North East seat with 3,216 votes to the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) Damien Griffith who polled 476, making it her seventh victory in eight attempts in the constituency.
“I thank, you, you the people of Barbados fo accepting us at our word that if we do not fix our problems starting from tomorrow we will not be able to guarantee safety to our people in the next 10 to 15 years,” Mottley said in her victory speech.
Noting that she told the nation in 2018 that “to whom much is given much is expected,” she renewed her commit to the country and a promise to be “the opposition to ourselves”.
“Regrettably there were those who felt that they would spawn their own opposition and do the things that would make this country almost difficult to govern,” she said in what appeared to be a reference to Bishop Joseph Artherely, a member of the victorious 2018 BLP team who left to become Opposition Leader but fell victim to yesterday’s clean sweep after heading an alliance into the poll.
“Tonight the people of Barbados have spoken,” Mottley declared as she vowed her administration would continue to put the nation’s welfare above any parliamentary majority.
In the meantime, Verla De Peiza, leader of the main opposition Democratic Labour Party (DLP), lost in the St Lucy constituency with 1,095 votes to 2,038 for the BLP’s Peter Phillips.
While conceding defeat, De Peiza indicated she had no immediate plans to step down as leader of the DLP after taking the party into an election for the first time.
A total of 108 candidates, representing seven political parties and nine independents contested the election that political analysts expected to be a straight fight between the BLP and the DLP.
With 266,330 persons eligible to cast ballots, it appeared that the turnout was below 50 per cent.