UPDATED: February 7, 2013
How many independent candidates are running? That’s a tough call because the old media isn’t mentioning independent candidates – sometimes not at all. The CBC doesn’t even include Taan Abed in its candidate list. There are apparently seven independent candidates but their names are difficult to find, if you can at all.
The fix is in folks: and your Bajan news media is part of the problem.
Here’s a little article from October 2012 where Bajans indicated that independents could do very well in the current election.
What do you think?
“I’d vote for anybody but a DLP or BLP candidate”
A recent online poll conducted by Barbados Free Press shows that 38 percent of voters reject both the DLP Democratic Labour Party and the BLP Barbados Labour Party and would vote for an independent candidate if given the opportunity.
This is a stunning revelation in a country where the few independent candidates on the ballot traditionally receive only a handful of votes and are not a factor in determining the outcome. Voters seem to be fed up with both of the old parties, citing corruption, greed and incompetence in comments left at the poll.
“If BFP’s poll is accurate at all, it shows a high dissatisfaction with both DLP and BLP.”
“I’d vote for anybody but DLP or BLP.”
“It could be said that Barbados voters elect no one: they only unelect the last government.”
“A dead cat as a candidate would win in Grape Hall.”
“To vote for either party means you all will eat @#$%. Just how much @#$% can you stand before you walk away? Hold you nose and you can eat even more.”
“Anyone but DLP and BLP.”
“Goin wid Owen no more! Not goin with Stuart either.”
“Bajans did not deserve David Thompson and don’t deserve Owen Arthur.”
Readers comments on the poll in BFP’s Obviously sober Owen Arthur presents a good case. Would you vote BLP?
Independent candidate Taan Abed could win in Christ Church West
One of the most exciting races will be Christ Church West where former DLP candidate Taan Abed (photo above) declared himself an Independent Candidate after he was apparently tossed from the DLP ticket over his race. As we wrote in our story Taan Abed declares: Independent candidate Christ Church West…
Why did the DLP Executive turf Abed? Disgusting racial politics, Bim style…
It was all about race according to some sources who claim that Taan Abed was dropped because of his race. So the story goes, the DLP executive believed that Abed’s race and Syrian roots make him unelectable in black-majority Barbados, even though Abed is a devout Christian. In his March 2012 interview with Ian Bourne, Mr. Abed had lots to say about racial politics and the DLP. Now though, Abed is focusing on the positive. He intends to win, and he just might do that.
If the Barbados Free Press poll has shown anything, it is that Bajan voters do not trust either the DLP or the BLP and that they are in a mood to punish the two worn-out parties that they see as corrupt, greedy and incompetent.
People aren’t stupid: most know how the party system works here in Bim and they are not willing to publicly reject the DLP or the BLP. But what they do alone when voting is another matter. Independent candidates will do surprisingly well this time around – better than they have ever done before. Some might just win.
As our own Cliverton declared “A dead cat as a candidate would win in Grape Hall.”
That might just be true this time around.