The future of politics in Grenada lies in the hands of the youth including the three attached to the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
NDC has placed a number of young persons to hold important positions within the party.
The caretaker for St. George North West is Allie Dowden, the NDC Caretaker for Carriacou and Petite Martinique is Tevin Andrews, while the NDC spokesperson for Youth is Joel Greenidge.
The three youth under the NDC who holds leading positions within the party, has been endorsed by he NDC political leader, Senator Nazim Burke sees the trio as a breath of fresh air to lead politics onto a more sustainable path.
Appearing on a local radio programme, the NDC caretaker, Tevin Andrews said the influence of young people is important for the decision making process.
“In terms of young people and the influence that we have yes, we have a lot of influence in our political organisation. As a matter of fact, our political leader said, ‘you are the future, you are the present too, you make the decisions, we will help guide you’ and that … is working very well and we’re finding more and more people coming on board with us – percentage of male and female – I think it’s a balance,” he said.
Andrew also voiced support for his colleague, Joel Greenidge who contended that toeing the line in politics is not the best thing to do and that there should be a time when members of a party are allowed to share their thoughts without fear.
He said: “Every political organisation has their policy but every individual has their core values. Within my political organisation, my party leader and I don’t agree with everything and there are times I challenge my party leader on some of the decisions that are being made and there are times he challenges me on some of my ideas and so forth – but we should be able to agree to disagree for the greater good.
“We should never try to put ourselves before the party, ourselves before country…if it benefits the country then I have to toe the line. I think so much of us as politicians have too much egos and that’s the problem that we have. So much of us as politicians get into politics for the wrong set of reasons and as a result of that some of us, the decision that we make, cost the government in some cases to lose the entire election and to cost us our political future,” he added.
Andrew is hopeful about getting the chance to put his thoughts forward after the next general election.
The NDC Caretaker is expected to contest the seat for Carriacou & Petite Martinique against NNP’s veteran Deputy Prime Minister, Elvin Nimrod who has been the elected MP for the Constituency since 1999.