Former executive member of the ruling New National Party (NNP), Terry Forrester will launch his candidacy on Monday to contest the South St. George constituency in the upcoming general election.
In an interview with THE NEW TODAY on Tuesday, Forrester said that the launch will take place at 5.30 p.m. at Mont Toute, considered one of his strongholds in the constituency.
He told the newspaper that it would be a simple event in which the people of the South are being invited to “a little eat and drink” to kick-off his campaign to win the seat.
A few months ago, Forrester announced the formation of the Grenada Progressive Movement (GPM) with himself as “the Founder & Political leader” of the new political party.
He parted ways with the NNP after Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell did not sanction him to contest the South St. George seat for the ruling party on the grounds of age.
The ruling party was forced to look for a new candidate after the NNP executive decided to drop former Tourism Minister Alexandra Otway-Noel from the slate.
The task was handed to Health Minister Nicholas Steele, the Member of Parliament for the Town of St. George.
Forrester confirmed that he would not be putting up himself as a candidate on the GPM banner in the election as merger talks are taking place with other political figures in the country.
According to Forrester, plans are in the making to form a United Front with the other political aspirants to contest the poll expected sometime in the new year.
One of the groups is said to be the Grenada Empowerment Movement, headed by Earl Maitland, son of the late Errol Maitland, founder of the Grenada Informer newspaper.
Forrester did not give details of the plans but said that the new political entity in the making has about eight or nine candidates so far.
A source close to the talks said some of the parties have agreed that it was in their best interest to form a unity party rather than contest the polls as separate groups.
“That is the only way to make a serious impact. If we go it alone that will not guarantee us any success”, he remarked.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Maitland will be contesting the St. George South-east seat against Works Minister, Gregory Bowen and head of a modelling agency, Kendall Dubois is earmarked to square off against Prime Minister Mitchell in his St. George North-west constituency.
Political pundits are predicting that PM Mitchell will call the elections sometime within the last two weeks of January 2018.