Barbados PM defends decision to dissolve parliament before election announcement
Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has defended his decision not to announce a date for the general election when his administration allowed the Parliament to be automatically dissolved on March 6.
Addressing a meeting of his ruling Democratic Labour Party last night, Stuart said that the move was done deliberately.
Stuart said that the government has 90 days after the dissolution of the Parliament to name a date for the general election in keeping with the provisions of the Representation of the People Act.
He said the government will stick to the timeline.
The main opposition Barbados Labour Party has been calling for Prime Minister Stuart to name the date for the election.
In the 2013 general election, the ruling Labour party won 16 of the 30 seats with the remainder going to the opposition.