Published On: Wed, Nov 14th, 2012

Grenada PM calls for re-election

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – With general elections expected within months in Grenada, both main political parties are canvassing for public support by championing two different agendas.

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, who is also leader of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), says his administration has established a “good foundation" with its “good governance agenda," but concedes that it fell short on implementation.

He has blamed the implementation deficit on problems within the party and government that led to cabinet resignations and the expulsion from the NDC of ten members, including five Members of Parliament.

“We deserve a better chance now to really go out there and to implement that good governance agenda," Thomas said on Tuesday in a television interview.

“I am appealing for the people to give us another chance to continue that good governance agenda so that, as a people, we all could benefit from what we’re doing as a government now."

A day earlier, on another TV program, veteran politician Anthony Boatswain expressed confidence that his New National Party (NNP) was likely to win the next general elections.

The NNP, which was in power for 13 consecutive years, lost 11 – 4 to the NDC in polling in 2008.

During Monday’s broadcast of the CC6 program, “Watch Dog," host Godfrey Augustine said he understands that a recent survey of voters had indicated that the NNP was going to win 14 seats at the upcoming elections.

The only seat the survey has not given to the NNP is the Town of St George, Augustine said.

“I am not aware (of the survey) but I am not surprised," Boatswain responded.

A former finance minister who lost his parliamentary seat in 2008, Boatswain now serves the NNP as an opposition member in the senate.

He describes the NNP, led by former Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, as a “united team" with a plan for building the country.

“We have prepared a plan," Boatswain said, “that will ensure that we create more jobs for our Grenadian people; a plan that will ensure that we take our people out of poverty; a plan that will ensure we have sustainable economic growth; and, overall, a plan that will bring greater prosperity to our country."

But, in electing their next government, Thomas believes Grenadians should choose the NDC over the NNP.

“The National Democratic Congress, we are better trustees than the New National Party," Thomas said. “The record will show that we always act on behalf of the people."

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