A major blunder on the part of the Parliamentary Elections Office has forced four of Grenada’s minority political parties to forgo their symbols and use substituted ones in Election 2013.
The parties and their new symbols would be on parade today (Friday) when police officers engage in special voting ahead of Tuesday’s general elections.
The parties that have been forced to use adapted symbols are National United Front (The Family), Movement for Independent Candidates (The Light), the People’s United Labour Party (Guava) and the Grenada United Patriotic Movement (Sword).
THE NEW TODAY understands that the parties were informed on Tuesday by Supervisor of Elections, Judy Benoit that the Parliamentary Elections Office had failed to gazette their symbols in time for the elections.
According to a well-placed source, the Electoral Office then took the decision to assign gazetted national symbols to each affected party to enable them to contest the poll.
NUF will be allowed to utilise the symbol of the Dove, MIC Candidates, the Car, PULP, the coconut tree and GUPM, the nutmeg.
In speaking to NUF Political Leader, Glynis Roberts on Wednesday morning, she told The New Today that she has accepted the symbol of the Dove assigned to the party for the election but is concerned about the level of “inefficiency in democracy”.
She said that for the sake of “peace and stability in Grenada”, NUF will forge ahead with its plans for the general election.
Leader of the Movement for Independent Candidates, Abdurraheem Jones was not pleased with the development.
According to Jones, there was sufficient time for his symbol to be gazetted since he received an approval letter for the symbol since March 2012 from the electoral Office.
Jones is also concerned about possible legal ramifications that can arise from using a symbol that is legally registered to another political party.
The affected parties have limited time to re-educate their supporters about the new symbols they must know in order to cast votes in their favour.