Published On: Fri, Jan 18th, 2013

Former ruling party insiders predict loss in Grenada elections

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Grenadian journalist and political commentator, Hamlet Mark, is predicting that the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) will be ousted from office in next month’s general elections.

“The National Democratic Congress is in so much trouble that it needs divine intervention, of biblical proportions, to even make it a serious contest,” Mark wrote in “Notes from All Around”, a regular column published in Caribupdate Weekly.

Mark, managing editor of the paper, said the NDC’s “blustery claim that it can win the election is resting on them wishing on a miracle”.

General elections to the 15-member House of Representatives will be held February 19. The NDC’s main challenger is the New National Party (NNP) that was voted out of office in 2008.

Voter registration increased exponentially after Prime Minister Tillman Thomas announced the election date last Sunday.

Registration ended Wednesday.

Mark, who was a key NDC public relations strategist in the polls of 2008, ruled out any chance of the party being re-elected.

“Any analysis – constituency by constituency – cannot throw up a scenario where NDC could possibly win,” claimed Mark. “The NNP can even have a bad night and still win big.”

The paper, in this week’s edition, also quotes a former NDC government minister as projecting a “total NNP whitewash” on February 19.

“I will not be surprised if NNP wins between 13 and 15 seats. That’s my honest opinion,” said Michael Church, who resigned as trade and the environment minister in November 2010.

Church, the outgoing MP for St John, is not seeking re-election.

He claims there is “clear evidence NNP will be returned to government. From a purely personal, intellectual and objective position, if you ask me who should form the next government, my answer will certainly be not the current government.”

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