The way has been paved for the holding of the next general elections in Grenada.
In an address to the nation on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas told Grenadians that he has informed Governor-General Sir Carlyle Glean to take the necessary steps for the dissolution of Parliament and for the holding of the election.
Under Section 53 of the Grenada Constitution, it is stated that, “A general election of members of the House of Representatives shall be held at such time within three months after any dissolution of Parliament as the Governor-General may appoint”.
The move effectively paves the way for the holding of election before April 9, 2013.
The Prime Minister did not give any specific date for the poll but provided a window of opportunity for Grenadians to go out and get registered to take part in the elections pending the issue of the necessary writs by the Governor-General.
The speech was pre-recorded after 10.00 on Tuesday night at the Government Information Service (GIS) in order to facilitate the Prime Minister’s trip to Venezuela the next day to attend a meeting of regional leaders.
Informed political sources told THE NEW TODAY that PM Thomas had met with Sir Carlyle days earlier to brief him on the timeframe in which the elections would most likely be held.
A well-placed source said that the Prime Minister has kept the actual date close to his chest but has informed his close aides that everything must be done to get Congress fully ready for the poll.
He spoke of over 300 party supporters and members engaged in a weekend session in which the Voter’s list was canvassed to assess the party’s chances in the elections.
The NDC is said to have commissioned a poll to look at its strengths and weaknesses and to determine the areas that the party needs to concentrate on in the build up to polling day.
The two major political parties will kick-off their campaigns for Election 2013 with mass rallies in different parts of the country – NDC will be at the Bus Terminal in Sauteurs and NNP at the Belle Vue playing field in St. David’s.