Published On: Thu, Jan 10th, 2013

Grenada PM calls for parliament to be dissolved

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – In an address to the nation on Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas announced that he has advised the governor general to dissolve the parliament of Grenada.

This, Thomas said, paves the way for the setting of an election date within the next 90 days.

“Since July 2012 the Parliament of Grenada has been customarily prorogued. Around the same time, there were a few resignations from government. Many were pondering the government’s options, given the prevailing circumstances and the electoral time frame that our country is in,” he said.

However, what Thomas described as isolated calls for an early election before the completion of a new voter registration system were, in his view, irresponsible, self serving and not in the best interest of all Grenadians.

“Every Grenadian needs to be given an opportunity to participate in a free and fair process of choosing a government,” he said.

He said that much progress has been made with the electoral preparation and many Grenadians have responded to the call to be registered.

“This has contributed significantly to our state of readiness,” he said.

Thomas said he will be announcing the election date shortly to give the last opportunity for voter registration and, when the governor general issues the relevant writ, voter registration ceases immediately.

By Caribbean News Now contributor

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