A RECORD 132 PEOPLE WILL BE GOING AFTER the 30 seats in Parliament in the May 24 Barbados general elections.
This was the unofficial count following Monday’s Nomination Day for the upcoming General Election, which will also be contested by a record 36 female candidates.
The numbers were a significant increase over the 68 candidates in both the February 2013 and January 2008 general elections.
Both major parties, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Barbados Labour Party, had filed a full slate of 30 candidates each.
For newcomers Solutions Barbados, it would only be missing the poll in St Michael North West and St Peter, while the United Progressive Party was able to field 23 candidates.
Meantime, Barbados-based Political Analyst, Peter Wickham, believes that third parties and independent candidates contesting the upcoming poll will have little impact on the election results.
However, he said the inclusion of DLP member, Leroy McClean, as an independent may be the exception in the St. John constituency.