Barbadians are voting in General Elections today Wednesday 19 January 2022 the first since becoming a republic after cutting ties with Queen Elizabeth II. Early polling suggests Prime Minister Mia Mottley (above left) seems poised to retain her position as prime minister against challenger former Senator Verla De Peiza.
Seven Political Parties and nine Independent Candidates are contesting the 30 seats at stake in the Barbados Parliament. The Electoral and Boundaries Commission say there are 266,330 registered voters.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who called the snap elections more than a year before the constitutional deadline, is again leading her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) which swept all 30 seats at the last poll in May 2018.
The other contesting parties are:
- Alliance Party for Progress – 20 candidates
- Solutions Barbados – 11 candidates
- Bajan Free Party – 4 candidates
- Barbados Sovereignty Party – 2 candidates
- New Barbados Kingdom Alliance – 2 candidates
Polls close at 6:00 p.m. Barbados time and preliminary results are expected to be announced tonight.