With a snap election possible in Grenada, the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is planning to unveil one of its newest candidates in the coming weeks.
According to a top party official, social worker, Cecelia Ann John will shortly be introduced to party supporters as the Caretaker for the rural St. Patrick East seat in the next general election.
He said the party is planning to hold an indoor to officially introduce John as the person who will take over the leadership of Congress in the constituency from former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.
NDC has been without a Caretaker for St. Patrick-east since the ex-Prime Minister decided to call it a day from frontline politics following the party’s crushing 15-0 defeat at the hands of the New National Party (NNP) in the February 2013 general election.
A party insider told this newspaper that John is considered as “an excellent” replacement for Thomas given her links in the constituency.
She is originally from the River Sallee area, the biggest polling division in the constituency and considered a major stronghold of NNP over the years.
The source pointed out that John served as a nurse in the village for several years and is very familiar with the problems and issues facing residents in the area.
The St. Patrick East seat is set to become a battle of the females as NNP is said to be leaning in the direction of a female, a head mistress of a secondary school in St. Andrew as its candidate for the next national poll.
The prospective NNP candidate is set to replace the incumbent, Clifton Paul who defeated Thomas to win the seat in the last election.
Speculation is rife that Paul has agreed to work with “the new candidate” to be selected by NNP to contest the seat the next time around.
Congress is said to be confident of taking back the two St. Patrick seat from NNP in the next general election.
Its Deputy Political Leader, Joseph Andall is the Caretaker for St. Patrick West, which is under the control of Minister of Education, Anthony Boatswain.
Although general election are constitutionally due in 2018, there has been talk in recent weeks about a snap elections as early as 2016 as PM Mitchell believes that Congress is far from ready for a national poll.