|General elections are constitutionally due in Barbados by June 2018. Elections will be held for all 30 seats in the House of Assembly using a first-past-the-post system.
The 30 members of the House of Assembly are elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting. There was no fixed election date in effect in Barbados at this time; hence, the choice of election date is the prerogative of the Prime Minister.
The Barbados parliament automatically dissolved pursuant to the constitution on Monday, 5 March 2018 without Prime Minister Freundel Stuart announcing a date for general elections, which are due by June.
It expected that, within 90 days of dissolution, an election date must and will be set, pursuant to Article 62 (1), which states: “After every dissolution of Parliament the Governor General shall issue writs for a general election of members of appointment the House of Assembly returnable within ninety days from that dissolution.”
Political Parties & Candidates
The 2018 election has attracted a record number of parties and candidates. To date, the ruling Freundel Stuart led Democratic Labour Party (DLP), and the opposition Mia Mottley led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) have both announced their full slates of 30 candidates each. The new Solutions Barbados (SB), led by Grenville Phillips II, has announced a slate of 26 candidates, whereas the United Progressive Party (UPP), led by former BLP Cabinet Minister Lynette Eastmond is presenting a slate of 23 candidates.
The People's Democratic Congress (PDC), led by Mark Adamson has announced three candidates. Its partner in the Coalition of United Parties (CUP), the Bajan Free Party (BFP), led by Alex Mitchell; and the Kingdom Government of Barbados (KGB), led by Steve Hunte, will also be contesting the election but has not finalised its slate of candidates. The Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) will be contesting an election for the first time and being led by Neil Holder. The BIM recently merged with the Lynroy Scantlebury led New Barbados Kingdom Alliance (NBKA).
Two independent candidates have also announced their intentions to contest the 2018 election - Natalie Harewood in the City of Bridgetown, and former DLP candidate Randall Rouse, in St. Joseph. | Learn more about 2018 candidates.