ST. GEORGE’S: Grenada Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas, has announced that general elections will be held on Tuesday, February 19.
Thomas, who led his ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to an 11-4 victory in the 2008 general elections, did not name the date for nomination of candidates.
“The time is right to seek a new mandate from the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique,” Thomas told NDC supporters in St. Patrick last Sunday. “With God’s grace and guidance, we shall be victorious.”
Last week, Thomas told the nation that he had asked Governor General, Sir Carlyle Glean, to dissolve the parliament, paving the way for the polls.
Thomas said he delayed announcing the date for the polls in order to allow people who are eligible to vote to ensure that they are registered.
The NDC is expected to face a strong challenge from the main opposition New National Party (NNP) led by former prime minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, who told supporters at a rally last Sunday that “February 19 is freedom day”.
Dr. Mitchell, whose NNP led the island for 13 years before it was ousted by the NDC in 2008, said its 15 candidates would be presented at a rally next Sunday in St. Patrick’s.
Mitchell promised supporters that the NNP will deliver “better government for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique”.
“We will deliver, my friend, we will deliver, we will deliver a safer and better Grenada,” said Mitchell.