Two months after the death of popular political leader of the People’s United Labour Party (PULP), Parliament has approved his party’s election symbol.
The Representation of the People (Election Symbols) (Amendment) Regulations, 2013, which makes provision for the insertion of new symbols to be used on ballot papers, was approved in the House of Representatives last week.
PULP was one of four minority political parties in Grenada that was unable to use their advertised symbols on the elections ballot paper for the February 19, General Election because of a failure by the Parliamentary Elections Office to do so in time for the polls.
The Electoral Office attributed the problem to failure of Parliament to meet in light of a threatened vote of No-confidence in the Tillman Thomas-led Congress government by former Foreign Minister, Karl Hood.
The affected parties were the National United Front (NUF) of Glynis Roberts which had The Family as its symbol, the Movement for Independent Candidates (MIC) headed by Donald Thomas and its symbol, The Light, PULP (Guava) and the Grenada United Patriotic Movement (GUPM) of Oswald Mc Burnie that selected The Sword as its symbol.
As a result of the problem that surfaced, the Parliamentary Office assigned gazetted national symbols to each party to enable them to contest the February general elections.
Frederick, affectionately known as “Winty” died at the General Hospital in St George in September after a period of illness at the age of 70 but was not able to see the symbol moved through the various stages in Parliament.
Frederick served in the Grenada Parliament from 1990 to 1995 as Representative for St Patrick East, winning that seat on a Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) ticket in the March 13, 1990 general elections.
He migrated to the United States where he lived for approximately 12 years before returning home in 2008.
Shortly after his return, “Winty” tendered his resignation as a member of GULP citing party infighting and announced his support for the New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Speculation was rife that Mitchell had promised the former MP for St. Patrick East a job if he won the poll.
A disgruntled “Winty” decided to form his own party in September 2012 and announced the formation of PULP.
He appealed to the electorate to see his party as the only alternative to govern the country and promised among other things to build a bridge to link the Sister Isle of Carriacou with the Mainland.
Currently, Grenada has 14 political parties officially listed with the Parliamentary Elections Office.
They are The National Democratic Congress (NDC), New National Party (NNP), the Labour Platform, Good Old Democracy (GOD), People’s United Labour Party (PULP), The Grenada United Labour Party (GULP), Grenada Renaissance Party (GRP), Grenada Freedom Party International (GFPI), Movement of Independent Candidates (MIC), Grenada United Workers Party (GUWP), Reform National Party (RNP), Conception People for Restoration (CPR), Grenadian Progressive Party (GPP), and the Grenada United Patriotic Movement (GUPM).
The recently approved symbols are as follows: The Guava, Computer, Light, Flame, Umbrella, Sword and Family.