The Hour of Decision

Grenadians will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new government for the Spice Isle.

Supervisor of Elections, Judy Benoit has given the signal that everything is in place to facilitate the holding of the poll – the seventh since the island returned to its Parliamentary system of government following the 1979-83 period of non-elected revolutionary rule late Marxist leader, Maurice Bishop

The incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas will seek to hold onto the seat of government from the main Opposition New National Party (NNP) of former Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell.

Congress won the last election 11-4 for its first outright victory in a national poll.

A total of 62, 146 persons are registered to vote in the fifteen constituencies spread across the island.

Both the NDC and NNP are confident of victory. The two major Political Parties will be using this weekend to hold major rallies as the final leg of the campaign ahead of Tuesday’s poll.

The NDC will set up its camp at Pearl’s Airstrip in St. Andrew’s following a motorcade that takes it into every constituency on the mainland.

The NNP will bring its campaign to an end with a rally at Tanteen, St. George’s.

The Constituency of St. George South contains the largest bulk of voters – 7,035 persons are eligible to vote.

Police Officers will be the first to cast ballots today (Friday).

Police Commissioner Willan Thompson who was recently a guest on the Government Information Service Programme, “The Nation’s Business” called on Police Officers to exercise professionalism during the elections.

Commissioner Thompson said he has been admonishing his men and women in uniform not to be bias in the execution of the duties.

“I have said to some Officers let your fingers speak and shut your mouth,” he remarked.

Polls open between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and preliminary count takes place immediately after the close of polls.

The country is expected to know sometime around 8.00 p.m which party is likely to form the next government.

The Grenada Trade Centre in Grand Anse, St. George’s will be used as the Central Command for the Parliamentary Elections Office where all of the votes will be read out to the nation.


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