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Sep 16, 2020

General Elections in November, Still no Date Set

Dean Barrow

Will the upcoming general elections be held on November fourth or eleventh?  It’s anyone’s guess.  Despite the Prime Minister’s son, Shyne, alluding to the national vote to be held on the first Wednesday in November, PM Barrow has not committed to a date.  This morning, Stann Creek West Area Representative Rodwell Ferguson raised the issue of a date to be announced, however, the prime minister said that he is not compelled to come before the house to make that announcement just yet.  He says that there are other matters that are pending before a date is called and the house is dissolved.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I don’t think he’s right in suggesting that I said to the House November fourth.  I made it clear that I want to stick to the regular timeline and that I certainly felt that the elections would have to be held or ought to be held early in November.  We‘re not, except there‘s another hurricane and this time one that is far more serious.  We‘re not going to go beyond the month of November for sure.  We‘re not even going to go beyond, in my view, the first two weeks in November.  You can therefore narrow it down pretty much to what week we‘re looking at, if not what day exactly.  I think that‘s honest enough, I think that‘s good enough, I think that‘s forthcoming enough rather than to actually say the fourth of November or the third of November because we are still trying to get through, for example, some more legislation as you see.  We‘ll come back to the House next Friday and then that will have to go to the Senate.  I think when the Senate meets it‘s probably going to be the thirtieth of September.  After that any number can play and that number will play very quickly, but I don‘t want to actually give a specific date because there are still some moving parts that might mean that if I did give you a particular date I would have to move it up a little or move it back a little.  So I think it‘s enough to tell you we‘re not looking at going beyond the first two weeks in November.”


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