KINGSTOWN: Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says the date for the next general elections in St. Vincent & the Grenadines has been decided, but he will not disclose it to the general population for the time being.
Dr. Gonsalves, speaking at a rally marking the 14th anniversary of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) in office, said he knows when he would inform the head of state to issue the election writ.
“I will tell you, the dates have already come to me for the elections; I know when I am going to dissolve the House and I know when I am going to ask the Governor General to have the writ issued for the election date,” he told party supporters last weekend.
General elections are constitutionally due by March 28, 2016, but are widely expected this year. The ULP will face a challenge from the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP).
In the last general election in December 2010, the ULP won by a one-seat margin to take control of the 21-member House of Assembly.
If elections are held in 2015, St. Vincent & the Grenadines voters will join their counterparts in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries of Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago, where elections will be held this year.
Gonsalves, one of the longest serving prime ministers in the Caribbean, said that he would not be rushed into naming the date for the polls.
“Let us hear their confused conversations about all kinds of subjects,” he said, referring to the NDP. “Let us hear they tell the people what policies they are going to bring, because there are none. They have no compelling narrative.”