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Nov 2, 2011

Will there be an early election?

Dean Barrow

But will there be early general elections? When the consultations on the Ninth Amendment began, supporters of the P.U.P. were calling for elections. Those sentiments have been echoed by the Opposition at House meetings. And after the PM’s Independence Day speech, the ante went up that early elections were on the table. In the past weeks, politicos speculated that Barrow would pull a fast one since the opposition party was at an all time low and in search for a new leader. The answer to the early election questioned was answered this morning at the PM’s quarterly conference.

Dean Barrow

“There will be early elections; there is a March seventh municipal elections—that’s early enough. I said municipal elections are municipal elections; general is a completely different thing. I’m not going to play that game although there seems to be a very tempting invitation from the other side. When they went to house for the ninth amendment, they did not issue call for elections. But I’ve seen since Mr. Fonseca’s enthronement has produced a reversion and he says yes call the elections now. Well, if we do call it, nobody could say we di take advantage of them because they say they ready. We haven’t made any decisions along those lines. The better thinking at this juncture would certainly be to await the results of municipal elections, which we are confident in winning. And then use that as a springboard for the general elections. But then that is the beauty or in some cases if you are on the other side, the disadvantage of the parliamentary system. Really the Prime Minister of the Day, the government of the day can choose to call elections whenever they think is best. We are entitled to seek the most advantageous moment to fix the elections. So on the basis of all that; it does remain a wide open question, although I repeat that as of now the thinking certainly is to whap them first in municipal elections then whap them again in general elections thereafter.”

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1 Response for “Will there be an early election?”

  1. Mitch says:

    That’s right PM Barrow. Mek we sho how fi wap dem one by one!

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