Within 90 days, beginning next month, residents of St George North will go to the polls to elect a new Member of Parliament, as the man who represented the constituency for the last 26 years, Gline Clarke, will step down from the post at the end of the month in order to serve as High Commissioner to Canada.
Details of Clarke’s new posting were outlined last night by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, at a largely attended St George North constituency branch meeting at the auditorium of the St George Secondary School.
“Gline has told me that he would step down as of September 30 this year, after a distinguished career in the Parliament of Barbados as representative for the people of St George North, service which has been unbroken since 1994. This means that under the laws of this land, the people of this constituency will go to an election within 90 days of October 1,” said Mottley.
Mottley made it clear that she was keeping the date of election close to her chest, adding that the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) now had to go about the task of choosing Clarke’s replacement in the by-election. She noted that this was a task that could not be undertaken lightly, as the people of St George North had become accustomed to representation of the highest calibre for over two decades.