CLEAN SWEEP: Ruling Party Dominates Grenada’s General Elections

Author  Edited from CMC.

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell led his New National Party (NNP) to an historic clean sweep of all 15 parliamentary seats in last month’s general elections here.

Mitchell flagIt was the third time Mitchell had achieved the feat in Grenada’s electoral politics.

The 71-year-old Mitchell, who led the NNP to a consecutive sweep following his 2013 victory, immediately called on the leadership of the main Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to be part of the social partners that will chart the way forward for the tri-island state.

“It feels good, the people of my country has shown the level of confidence in the way I have governed, it is a humbling experience,” Mitchell said.

He added that the elections were the “most stress free I have ever had in my 34 years in politics.”

NO PRESSURE

Mitchell said that unlike 2013 when he won the general elections and had no idea as to the state of the local economy, this time around “I don’t feel the pressure because I am in the seat and I know what the plans are.

“Therefore I feel very confident I will meet the aspirations of the people of this country,” he said.

Mitchell easily won the St. George North West seat, which he has been representing for more than three decades, defeating the NDC’s Alli Anthony Brian Dowden by a 2,546 to 406 margin.

Mitchell again dismissed the notion that the clean sweep would result in the government having a free hand in running the affairs of the country.

“You can’t ignore that 20,000 people voted against you,” he said. “ … The task is to bring that element into the decision making process.”

NDC Chairman Vincent Roberts congratulated the NNP on its victory.

“The people have spoken and we now move forward to building a better nation,” he noted on his party’s website. “To all the victors, we salute you.”

Mitchell was sworn in as prime minister last month.

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