Barbados to hold by-election after MP steps down to accept diplomatic post

Gline Clarke

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Voters in the St George North constituency of Barbados will go to the polls later this year to elect a new parliamentary representative, after Gline Clarke, who has been representing the constituency for the past 26 years, steps down to accept the post of Barbados High Commissioner to Canada.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley made the announcement  on Sunday night during the annual general meeting of the St George North branch of the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

“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.

Clarke will replace High Commissioner Reginald Farley, who has been nominated to fill the vacant position of President of the  Barbados Senate.

In the May 2018 general elections, the BLP won all 30 seats in the Parliament. But one of the BLP legislators, Bishop Joseph Atherley, later resigned and became the country’s Opposition Leader.