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GRENADA – Prime Minister announces dissolution of Parliament

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas

Grenada (CMC) – Prime Minister Tillman Thomas Wednesday night announced that he had asked Governor General Sir Caryle Glean to dissolve Parliament paving the way for a general election in Grenada within 90 days.

In a brief radio and television address, Thomas did not name the date for the general election that was constitutionally due by October this year, but widely expected before that month.

“I wish to advise that today I advised his Excellency the Governor General to dissolve the Parliament of Grenada. This act paves the way for the setting of an election date within the next 90 days”.

He said he would be announcing the election date “shortly” in order to give all nationals who are eligible to vote an opportunity to be registered.

“All such persons who are yet to register are urged to do so now,” he said.

Prime Minister Thomas said that said since July 2012, the Parliament “has been customarily prorogued” and that “along the same time there were a few resignations from government and many were pondering the government’s options given the prevailing circumstances and the election time frame our country is in.”

He said in order to “responsibly and effectively hold a free and fair general election, the election machinery must be in place and ready to facilitate it and conduct such.

“Given the need to ensure that all Grenadians 18 years and over who are registered to vote to exercise their hard earned franchise and against the background of a new voter registration system  my government’s focus was on ensuring that the new system was properly put in place”.

He told Grenadians that if an election had been called before the new voter registration system had been put in place, the old system with its many problems would have had to be used.

“As a result the isolated calls for an early election before the new system was put in place were in my view irresponsible, self serving and not in the best interest of all Grenadians.”

Thomas said that every national must be given an opportunity to “participate in a free and fair process of choosing a government” adding “in my view much progress has been made with our electoral preparation”.

He said many people had responded to the calls to ensure that they were registered to vote adding “this has contributed significantly to our state of readiness”.

 

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Prime Minister Tillman Thomas

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas

Grenada (CMC) – Prime Minister Tillman Thomas Wednesday night announced that he had asked Governor General Sir Caryle Glean to dissolve Parliament paving the way for a general election in Grenada within 90 days.

In a brief radio and television address, Thomas did not name the date for the general election that was constitutionally due by October this year, but widely expected before that month.

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“I wish to advise that today I advised his Excellency the Governor General to dissolve the Parliament of Grenada. This act paves the way for the setting of an election date within the next 90 days”.

He said he would be announcing the election date “shortly” in order to give all nationals who are eligible to vote an opportunity to be registered.

“All such persons who are yet to register are urged to do so now,” he said.

Prime Minister Thomas said that said since July 2012, the Parliament “has been customarily prorogued” and that “along the same time there were a few resignations from government and many were pondering the government’s options given the prevailing circumstances and the election time frame our country is in.”

He said in order to “responsibly and effectively hold a free and fair general election, the election machinery must be in place and ready to facilitate it and conduct such.

“Given the need to ensure that all Grenadians 18 years and over who are registered to vote to exercise their hard earned franchise and against the background of a new voter registration system  my government’s focus was on ensuring that the new system was properly put in place”.

He told Grenadians that if an election had been called before the new voter registration system had been put in place, the old system with its many problems would have had to be used.

“As a result the isolated calls for an early election before the new system was put in place were in my view irresponsible, self serving and not in the best interest of all Grenadians.”

Thomas said that every national must be given an opportunity to “participate in a free and fair process of choosing a government” adding “in my view much progress has been made with our electoral preparation”.

He said many people had responded to the calls to ensure that they were registered to vote adding “this has contributed significantly to our state of readiness”.