Grenada’s ruling party readies for general elections

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Dr Keith Mitchell

Grenada’s ruling New National Party (NNP) has named caretakers for all 15 constituencies amid speculation that Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell will announce the date for general elections ahead of the 2018 constitutional deadline.

Political observers said the 15 caretakers are expected to be named as candidates in the elections. In the 2013 general election, the NNP won all 15 seats.

Seven of the caretakers are women and the political observers note that this is the first time that a political party has named so many women as caretakers. In the parish of St Andrew which is divided into four constituencies, all four of the NNP caretakers are women.

“It is a huge responsibility, but I know I am up to the challenge,” said 35-year-old school teacher, Kate Lewis, who was nominated for the position on Monday night and caretaker for the St Andrew’s northeast constituency held by the retiring MP and NNP general secretary, Roland Bhola.

“I think the next generation of Grenadian leadership is beginning to come forward,” said Bhola, adding “we are about continuity and renewal at the same time, and it clearly shows in the list of 15 caretakers we have put forward. Grenada can be truly excited. We are!”

The other caretakers announced by the party include Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell for St George North West; Oliver Joseph for St David, Clarice Modeste for St Mark and Anthony Boatswain for St Patrick West.

Meanwhile, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has confirmed that it will be presenting it final candidate on Sunday.

The NDC has already named 14 caretakers, three of whom are women.

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