No curfew on election night

A new COVID-19 directive will be in effect for Barbados until January 31 from midnight tonight.

As before, the curfew will run from midnight to 5 a.m. daily, but there won’t be a curfew on the night of General Elections, January 19.

“The rationale behind this really draws from the history of our last experience on election night, where voting was considerably delayed until well into the hours of the next morning,” said Attorney General Dale Marshall in a statement on the issue.

“And in addition to that, with our COVID numbers rising, it is difficult to predict what might happen on election night in relation to the slowing down of various processes.

“And therefore, we feel it best, having considered all of the scenarios, to leave the way clear for the Electoral and Boundaries Commission to do their work properly and unrushed, taking as much time as is necessary without running afoul of the directives.”

All other conditions from the directive remain in place. (PR/SAT)

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