Holder vows to hold Blackett accountable for Child Care Board as he pursues candidature

Arthur Holder retains his candidacy for the opposition Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) fight to regain the St Michael Central constituency.

In a massive avalanche last night at George Lamming Primary School, the boisterous audience chose Holder by 271 votes over newcomer and challenger Haldeane Haynes' paltry 50. Holder again faces Steve Blackett, who won by 39 votes over the attorney in the last general election.

In a massive avalanche last night at George Lamming Primary School, the boisterous audience chose Holder by 271 votes over newcomer and challenger Haldeane Haynes’ paltry 50. Holder again faces Steve Blackett, who won by 39 votes over the attorney in the last general election.

Voting started about 5:45 p.m. and polls closed at 7 p.m. Before the final tally was announced, the Dwayne “DJ Bravo” Bravo song Champion blared from the speakers and supporters roared as Holder entered the room.

Speaking after accepting the congratulations of his supporters, the lawyer thanked his wife, his campaign team and those who voted for him. He also thanked Haynes for "ensuring the democratic tradition continued to be maintained".

Speaking after accepting the congratulations of his supporters, the lawyer thanked his wife, his campaign team and those who voted for him. He also thanked Haynes for “ensuring the democratic tradition continued to be maintained“.

“There is no animosity in this team because this team has to be unified to win the next election,” Holder emphasised, as he paused to receive a bear hug from Haynes. “We will work as a unified team so let it be said to all and sundry, this is a unified team.”

Opposition leader Mia Mottley addressed the crowd about 8:30 p.m. and she saluted the democratic process, her full contribution will be scrutinised in a separate entry…

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