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Preliminary Statement of the CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to Grenada Election 2013

Grenada FflagCARICOM Secretariat, 20 February 2013 – At the invitation of the Government of Grenada, a seven-member CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission arrived in Grenada for the Parliamentary Elections held on Tuesday, 19 February 2013. The Mission was led by Dr. Van Dijk-Silos of Suriname and comprised Observers from the following Member States: Antigua and Barbuda Belize Jamaica; and, Trinidad and Tobago. Continue reading

Keith Mitchell sworn in as new Grenada PM

Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell signing the instruments of appointment in the presence of Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell signing (right) the instruments of appointment in the presence of Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean.

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 20 February 2013 (CMC) – Leader of the New National Party (NNP), Dr Keith Mitchell, was sworn in as prime minister of Grenada less than 24 hours after his party swept aside the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2013 general election.

Mitchell, 65, a mathematician, becomes the island’s ninth prime minister since it attained political independence from Britain 39 years ago. Continue reading

Election Day in Grenada – Election Results 2013

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New National Party (NNP) Projected to Sweep 2013 Election winning all 15 seats.

GRENADA, 20 February 2013 – Tuesday, 19 February 2013, was Election Day in Grenada. Continue reading

Grenadians heading to the polls tomorrow

Grenada Banner 2013ST. GEORGE’S – 18 February 2013 (CMC) – Grenada’s two major political parties were entering the final 24 hours of their campaign for tomorrow’s general election, buoyed by the large turnout of supporters Sunday and predicting a win that allow them to govern this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country for the next five years.

Supporters of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), dressed in their yellow T-shirts gathered at an old disused airstrip at Pearls in the north east of the island, while supporters of the main opposition New National Party (NNP), clad in their green jerseys crowded the playing field at Tanteen just on the outskirts of the capital. Continue reading

Grenada minority parties upset over non-use of original symbols

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 13 February 2013 (CMC) – Less than a week before Grenadians go to the polls to elect a new government, four minority political parties have been told they would not be able to have their advertised symbols placed on the ballot paper.

The parties – The Movement for Independent Candidates (MIC), National United Front (NUF), the People United Labour Party (PULP) and the Grenada United Patriotic Movement (GUPM) – say they have been told that this is due to the fact that the symbols had not been officially gazetted. Continue reading

Former foreign affairs minister endorses Grenada opposition party

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 11 February 2013 (CMC)– Former foreign affairs minister Karl Hood has publicly endorsed the main opposition New National Party (NNP) as Grenadians prepare to elect a new government on February 19.

Hood, who resigned from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, last year, was the surprise guest speaker at a rally of the NNP here on Sunday. Continue reading

PM urges nation building as Grenada celebrates 39 years of political independence

Grenada PM Hon. Tillman Thomas

Hon. Tillman Thomas

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 7 February 2013 (CMC) – Grenada Thursday celebrated 39 years of political independence from Britain with Prime Minister Tillman Thomas telling citizens of the “significant strides” made and having “accomplished much in every sphere of life as a nation”.

In an address delivered during the traditional Independence Rally at the National Stadium, Thomas, who is facing a general election on February 19, said despite the global economic crisis, Grenada has been able to withstand the shocks because of the policies of his administration over the past four years. Continue reading

OAS signs agreement to observe Grenada election

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Organization of American States

WASHINGTON, 6 February 2013 (CMC) – The Organization of American States (OAS) has signed an agreement with the Grenada government to observe the February 19 general elections.

The OAS said Secretary General José Miguel Insulza and Grenada’s the permanent representative to the hemispheric body Gillian Bristol signed the agreement on the privileges and immunities of observers, “which provides the conditions for the work of the electoral observation mission (EOM) to accompany the general elections in the country. Continue reading

Grenada ruling party accuses former administration of financial irresponsibility

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 5 February 2013 (CMC) –The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) seeking a second consecutive term in office, has accused the former New National Party (NNP) government of running up a high public debt and preventing the Tillman Thomas administration from carrying out its plans and promises made to the electorate in 2008.

Sport Minister Patrick Simmons, speaking at an NDC political rally said that the NDC government has repaid more than EC$350 million (One EC dollar = US$0.37 cents) in debt inherited from the Keith Mitchell led administration. Continue reading

Grenada political parties urged not to mix independence celebrations with campaigning

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 2 February 2013 (CMC) – Chairman of the National Celebrations Committee Livingston Nelson has written to political parties campaigning for the February 19 general election urging them to have their supporters desist from wearing “political paraphernalia” when Grenada celebrates its 39th anniversary of political independence from Britain on Thursday.

“We are celebrating independence, we don’t recognize party for independence, we are all one people when it comes to celebrating our Independence,” said Nelson. Continue reading

46 candidates to contest Grenada 2013 election

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada 2 February 2013 (CMC) – Grenada’s two main political parties have each nominated 15 candidates to contest the February 19 general elections, according to the island’s Election Office.

The ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas is hoping for a new five year mandate, while the main opposition New National Party (NNP) which lost the 2008 general election by an 11-4 margin is hoping to reverse that result and regain the power it lost after 13 consecutive years in office.

Download full list of 2013 candidates. Continue reading