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UPDATE: Counting of ballots delayed, amid concerns of 'various irregularities'

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Various irregularities have prevented the start of counting of ballots cast in Thursday's general election, more than four hours after polling stations closed.

There has been no official statement by the Electoral and Boundaries Commission (EBC) but various media houses here are reporting that “irregularities” have delayed the start of the count.

“This is unprecedented,” said one of the members of the panel on the state-owned CBC television.

“The lines of CBC are open to the chief elections officer, Angela Taylor,” said Peter Thorne, who is hosting the programme.

“They are duty bound to explain to the people of Barbados what has gone wrong,” he added.

An estimated 255, 654 voters were eligible to cast ballots in the general election.

While there were a record 135 candidates and seven political parties vying for control of the 30-member Parliament, the contest was seen as a straight fight between the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) headed by attorney, Mia Mottley.

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