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Grenada’s Dr Keith C. Mitchell wins March 13, 2018 election; Takes all 15 seats

- This is now the third time his New National Party (NNP) took all seats; first in 1999 elections, then again in 2013 and now in 2018
The Keith C. Mitchell, left, led New National Party (NNP) was re-elected for a second successive term with a landslide victory over the V. Nazim Burke, right, led National Democratic Congress (NDC) when Grenada went to the polls in general elections yesterday Tuesday March 13, 2018. Photo: Internet Source
Election is held in the Independent English speaking Caribbean country of Grenada every five years. Photo: Internet Source
Election is held in the Independent English speaking Caribbean country of Grenada every five years. Photo: Internet Source
Former Permanent Secretary and political consultant Mr Julian Willock said in order for the Opposition to make inroads at the next elections of the British Virgin Islands, they must get out there early, and ‘talk about solutions and making people life better as the BVI voting public is fed up with politics as usual.’ Photo: VINO/File
Former Permanent Secretary and political consultant Mr Julian Willock said in order for the Opposition to make inroads at the next elections of the British Virgin Islands, they must get out there early, and ‘talk about solutions and making people life better as the BVI voting public is fed up with politics as usual.’ Photo: VINO/File
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, WI- The Caribbean island of Grenada went to the polls in general elections yesterday Tuesday March 13, 2018 as some 15 seats were up for grabs.

The 15 members of the House of Representatives were elected in single-member constituencies. Election is held in the Independent English speaking Caribbean country every five years.

Background

Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith C. Mitchell made the 2018 election announcement at a mass rally at the National Stadium Car Park in the capital city on Sunday January 28, 2018 about the election date.  Nomination Day was Tuesday February 20, 2018.

The March 13, 2018 elections put Mitchell’s New National Party (NNP) in a face off against the main Opposition Party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), this time led by V. Nazim Burke. The last time Grenada went to the polls before yesterday in 2013, the NNP won a clean sweep of the 15 seats at stake.

The 2018 Grenada election another clean sweep for Mitchell

A total of 45 candidates were nominated to contest the 2018 General Election. Both the New National Party (NNP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) presented full slates of candidates. The other candidates were from seven minority parties and there were two independent candidates. Two were nominated to represent the Grenada Empowerment Movement (GEM); three candidates represented The Progressive Party (TPP); five were nominated to represent The Grenada Reconnaissance Party (TGR); one candidate represented The Liberal Party (TLP) and one each represented the Grenada Progressive Movement (GPM), the Grenada United Patriotic Movement (GUMP), and The Liberal Party (TLP

The island entertained Election Observers from The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Officials Results

The Keith C. Mitchell led NNP was re-elected for a second successive term with a landslide victory over the V. Nazim Burke led NDC. The NNP won all of the 15 seats. This was the third time the NNP won all 15 seats, doing the same in 1999.

Seven of the 15 members of the new House of Representatives will be women. First time MPs Kindra M. Stewart, Kate Skeeter-Lewis, and Pamela Moses, will be joining returning MPs Clarice Modeste-Curwen, Emmalin Pierre, Yolande Bain-Horsford, and Delma Thomas.

Other returning incumbents will be Prime Minister Mitchell, Gregory Bowen, Oliver Joseph, Tobias Clement, Nickolas Steele, Alvin DaBreo and Anthony Boatswain. Peter David, a former NDC Minister was elected in the Town of St George constituency on a NNP ticket.

Voter turnout was 73.65 percent, according to media reports.

What about the BVI?

Julian Willock a British Virgin Islands political scientist, who runs the firm Advance Marketing and Professional Services, said “it was clear the Opposition NDC was not able to make any inroads.”

According to Willock, “Dr Mitchell enjoyed good economic growth, he was not affected by any of the 2017 Hurricanes, and did not have much political scandals, or allegations of corruption.”

The combination of this helped him to secure all seats again, Mr Willock told our newsroom in an invited comment.

When asked about the British Virgin Islands (BVI) landscape, Mr Willock, who himself is expected to be a candidate, said “it’s too early to call here; however, I expect a general election this year.”

Mr Willock, a businessman and former Permanent Secretary with the Government of the BVI, said the incumbent government here has not “handled the post hurricanes recovery well, we have a slowdown in the economy following the devastations of two hurricanes and the deep division and fight over the leadership of the ruling government are some negatives; however, it’s still too early to say what will happen here.”

Mr Willock said in order for the Opposition to make inroads at the next election, "they must get out there early, and talk about solutions and making people life better as the BVI voting public is fed up with politics as usual,” the political consultant stated.

16 Responses to “Grenada’s Dr Keith C. Mitchell wins March 13, 2018 election; Takes all 15 seats”

  • island man (14/03/2018, 17:30) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look licks
  • qc (14/03/2018, 18:02) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Congratulations Dr Mitchell
  • Eyebrow (14/03/2018, 19:00) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    Esteemed one you are indeed ON POINT. Certainly hope that your party is listening
  • Grenadian in the BVI (14/03/2018, 19:03) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hats off to you, PM Mitchell and the NNP
    • Smart Leader Smart man. (15/03/2018, 00:51) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      He has a great team of individuals from all level of society around him..He has learnt from his defeat that rich friends alone cannot keep him in power. He needs all facit of society in his camp in his team in his office. Smart man.. I was actually in his office met with his PS and I was impressed with the security, with the diversity and the quality of service.. Grenada will Rise!!
  • some thing right (14/03/2018, 19:08) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    May be we need to take some pages from this great leader. It seems like he is doing something right.
  • Trump (15/03/2018, 00:11) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    THAT THING WAS RIGGED
    • Grenadian (15/03/2018, 16:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      how was it rigged, the voting population did the same as last election
  • No Opposition (15/03/2018, 00:43) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply

    There was no opposition. Ive been to Grenada. This man got Grenada lock down, not by progress. By the ho** and the Cr**** They call it Political strategy. Poor people only need hope. Promise them and make it sound good.. Do the same thing every five yrs..

  • wow (15/03/2018, 04:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The only other alternative is giving Grenada over to the very dangerous undemocratic and authoritarian mindset that has taken over the NDC
  • wize up (15/03/2018, 06:00) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    2019 Will be no different in the BVI(you can huff and puff all what you want) ......
    • @ Wise up. Bcareful. (15/03/2018, 06:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      NDP Hope is VIP malfunction. VIP seems so disorganized and on prepared..
  • island man (15/03/2018, 06:07) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    To me the opposition part in Grenada are communist affiliated.
    No wonder they have so much rude supporters I always see on Facebook.
    Congrats to the Mitchell government, BVI take note NOD WON'T WIN A SEAT IN THE NEXT ELECTION.
  • NDP. In Trouble (15/03/2018, 06:38) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP will lose. That's s fact. 3 of the 5 ministers will lose. That's a fact... 5 of the 6 Back benchees will lose. Thats a fact. Back . Here is the opposing argumen against The back benchers, they had the power, the oppirtunity and the law on their side if they really cared and wanted things to be different. They refused because they accepted the present state of affairs...
  • Deb (15/03/2018, 14:52) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Congrats little black boy!! We love you
  • Diplomat (15/03/2018, 16:45) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is either that NNP is doing a superb job, earning them re-election, or the NDC less. Two elections in a row a clean sweep. Wow! The NNP may be doing a superb job. Nonetheless, IMO the people’s interest is better served when there is a viable and strong Oppostion. For example, the BVI is in a tail spin but if there were a stronger opppsition things would have been better and different. The government feel it has license to do whatever it wants. Furthermore, a coalition government would be better.


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