Amidst calls by supporters of the ruling New National Party (NNP) for Prime Minister to give the date for the upcoming general election, the Grenadian leader told hundreds of supporters on Sunday night at Gouyave in St. John that a constitutional process has to be first followed by him.
Dr. Mitchell was addressing a public meeting held to officially endorse Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry and Fisheries, Alvin Da Breo as the candidate for St. John.
According to Prime Minister Mitchell, the first step towards setting the Election Day would be the Dissolution of parliament.
He said, “There is no secret for elections that is coming very soon, but the first thing I have to do – soon I would ask the Governor General to dissolve parliament. So, it means the country will be run by a Cabinet of Ministers but no Parliamentarians”.
“After she (Dame Cecile) issues the writ, we’ll then make an announcement – Nomination Day will be first announced because that must come and 21 days after that, the minimum, there must be national elections.”
Dr. Mitchell then hinted that he would announce the date for the national poll on January 28 at a mass meeting planned for Beausejour in his St. George North-west constituency that he has held since 1984.
Before this happens, he said that the NNP would hold sessions to endorse the remaining batch of party candidates.
PM Mitchell said, “On Thursday (January 11), Brother Anthony Boatswain … is going to be endorsed by the constituency of St. Patrick West. On Sunday, the 14th, Brother Nickolas Steele will be (endorsed). Brother Oliver Joseph on the 21st (in) St. David’s…”.
“…We’ll have the announcement not long after that. Myself, Peter David (Town of St. George) and the Chairman of the party, Mr. Gregory Bowen (St. George South-east) will be announced and endorsed.
“And let me tell you, I could afford to say a little more than that…we’re going to Beausejour … and I would most likely have a big announcement (about the election date)”, he said.
No date was given by PM Mitchel for the official endorsement of Tourism Minister Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen for her St. Mark constituency.