Political Leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Senator Nazim Burke said his party is ready to face the polls whenever the next General Election which is constitutionally due in 2018 is called.
During the recent General Council of the ruling New National Party (NNP), Prime Minister and Political Leader, Dr. Keith Mitchell joked at a July 2017 date to coincide with the CARICOM Heads of government meeting in Grenada.
Sen. Burke told a public meeting at Woburn last week Wednesday night that while Congress is ready for any date, the party will continue to focus on the things that are of importance such as ensuring that every single person eligible to vote and likely to support the NDC be registered.
Sources close to Burke told THE NEW TODAY that he has not ruled out a snap poll between September and December.
The NDC Boss said that over the last three years Congress has been trying to build a competent team of individuals following its humiliating defeat in the February 2013 General Elections.
He spoke of Congress trying to build an organisation with the right committed and talented people who are determined to make Grenada a place to be proud of once again.
“Our party is made up of people who are prepared to work for a living. Our people are prepared to sacrifice for a living, to work for a living,” he said.
Burke told the gathering that the current rulers in the country are trying to make the people of Grenada believe that Congress’ main interest is only about gaining State power.
The NDC Political Leader stressed that it is necessary for the people to be aware of the difference between Congress and NNP.
He said that since its formation in 1987, Congress has been an organisation founded on the principles of good governance, transparency, accountability in public office, and respect for the laws, constitution and institutions of the country.
Sen. Burke admonished party faithfuls to continue providing support to the various Constituency Caretakers, and to do the political work in the different villages.
“Victory will be ours if we do what we suppose to do,” he said.
Deputy Chairman of Congress, Jenny Simon who also addressed the public meeting accused the NNP of not being able to deliver on its election promises.
She said the NNP is operating on failed policies and plans, and that it has no means of taking Grenada forward.
Simon who has been NDC’s spokesperson on Health issues once again chided the Keith Mitchell-led government on not making use of the nation’s scarce resources.
She made reference to the recent death of River Road resident, Greg Morgan as a result of Guillaian-Barre Syndrome (GBS).
The senior NDC official charged that while government was only able to source one dose of the treatment at a cost $23,000 for GBS for the two patients, the administration continues to hire retirees at high salaries.
“Two months of Mr. (Lawrence) Joseph’s salary… would have saved the life of this young gentleman,” she said.
This is reference to the salary paid to attorney-at-law, Lawrence Joseph, a former Chairman and Government Minister with the government who has been retained to offer advice to Parliament on Constitutional Reform.