PM: No hand in conduct of polls

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley says that she has no intention of wading into the controversy surrounding those with COVID-19 not being able to vote in this election, due to being confined to isolation.

With Barbados recording four consecutive days of cases above 500, there are now close to 5 000 people in isolation, with still five days to go before Barbadians go to the polls.

The matter has been compounded by the findings of the most recent modelling by the University of the West Indies’ George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, which projects a worst-case scenario of a COVID-19 surge peaking at 3 500 cases daily as a result of the Omicron variant.

Responding to the question during a press conference yesterday, Mottley said the issue was out of her purview and that any decision at this eleventh hour rests squarely with the Electoral & Boundaries Commission (EBC). (CLM)

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