NDC to Launch High Profile Candidates

The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is set to unveil two high profile persons – Senator Ray Roberts and Attorney-at-law, Claudette Joseph – to complete its full slate of fifteen candidates for the upcoming general elections.

Sen. Roberts – can be seen at times in key areas in South St. George

Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the prospective candidates will be endorsed by the respective constituency branches of Congress around month-end.

Roberts, the current Labour Representative in the Senate, is earmarked for the South St. George constituency while Joseph will be in the Town of St. George.

A source who asked not to be named said that Sen. Roberts has already decided to step down as the TUC representative in the Upper House within the next two weeks in order to pave the way for his entry into active frontline politics.

He spoke of plans by the Labour Senator to meet sometime soon with the newly elected President of the Grenada Trades Union Council (GTUC), Andre Lewis to formally notify him of his decision to quit.

Roberts is also said to be working out the modalities to facilitate his resignation as a member of the house with the Clerk of Parliament.

The source also said that Joseph was originally scheduled to be endorsed by the Town of St. George party branch on May 22 but it was put back because she had to leave the island a few days ago on urgent business.

According to the source, Congress is due to open an office on May 21 in the Grand Anse Valley that will be used by its prospective candidate for the upcoming general election.

Attorney Claudette Joseph – is getting involved in the race

He said that there is a strong possibility that Sen. Roberts will be presented to the public sometime in June at an event to take place at the controversial Camerhogne Park in Grand Anse.

Sen. Roberts has been leading the charge against the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Mitchell to refrain from selling the public park to a foreign investor to facilitate construction of a hotel.

The source dropped hints that a former Member of Parliament for South St. George who was once associated with NNP has agreed to appear on the platform to give support to the prospective NDC candidate.

He also said that efforts are being made to get another former Congress MP for the area to give support to Sen. Roberts in his efforts to win the south seat.

The ruling party has already signalled its intention to introduce a new candidate for the south constituency.

Health Minister Nicholas Steele, the current MP for the Town of St. George, has been named by NNP as its new caretaker for the seat held by former Tourism Minister, Alexandra Otway-Noel who is being dropped from the slate.

Otway-Noel caused a stir when she resigned from her government post of Minister of Implementation in the Office of the Prime Minister without first notifying Prime Minister Mitchell of her intention.

The Grenadian leader expressed surprise when he was first asked about the resignation that was posted on the website of the MP for South St. George.

The move to place Steele in a new constituency has cleared the way for the seat to be once again contested by former Congress General Secretary, attorney-at-law, Peter David, the man who was at the centre of the bitter infighting in the 2008-13 NDC administration of Prime Minister Tillman Thomas.

David and Steele were among five caretakers announced by the NNP with the upcoming election in mind.
Steele has been very visible in the South constituency in recent weeks and can be seen at times stopping at local rum shops in Grand Anse Valley and Morne Toute in the company of party stalwart, Terrence Forrester.

The NDC is taking another major step forward towards the upcoming general election with a mass rally planned for June 4 at a venue in St. Andrew where four key constituencies will be at stake in the national poll.

Congress has been left without a seat in Parliament following its humiliating 15-0 loss to NNP in 2013 following the standoff between David and PM Thomas.

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