by Linda Straker
- General election constitutionally due no later than June 2023
- Dr Mitchell represented St George’s Northwest since 1984
- Dickon Mitchell is leader of National Democratic Congress
Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell said that the upcoming general election which is constitutionally due no later than June 2023, will not only be the most fascinating, but the last one for him.
“This coming election campaign will mostly like be my last; not most likely it will be! It will be the most interesting and fascinating one,” said Dr Mitchell who has represented the constituency of St George’s Northwest in the Lower House Parliament or the House of Representatives since 1984.
“Thirty-seven years in this ball game has taught me a lot about politics. Some people have to learn some serious politics, they will learn,” he said as he alluded to last Sunday’s election of lawyer Dickon Mitchell as leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). “You don’t learn from the top down,” he added.
Dickon Mitchell is a newcomer to politics and before the NDC’s convention was described by many as lacking the necessary political experience to lead his party. However, he won the majority of votes from over 300 delegates. Two other persons contested for the leadership.
Making his contribution to a resolution that mandates an extension to the State of Emergency to May 2022, Dr Mitchell said that his government is prepared to do the right to save lives though it may cost him some votes.
“We are taking a decision to protect our country. I have had to tell a number of people on a number of occasions, it may cost us some political votes because of some of the decisions that we are taking, but so be it. We should be more concerned that it saves lives and if it’s one life for 100 votes we are going to do just that. One life lost is just too much,” he said.
There are objections to the extension of the State of Emergency as part of the government control and containment measures against Covid-19. Because of the State of Emergency, the country has been functioning under a series of Emergency Powers regulations which, among other things, allow for a curfew and other restrictions on citizens.
Speaking about the upcoming election, the Prime Minister said that he is confident that citizens who will go to the polls whenever the date is called, will do what is best for them and the country. “I have confidence in the Grenadian people, I have confidence that they know what is best for them and they can see something when it is clear, I have no doubt about this,” he said.
Promising to say a lot more when the time is right, Dr Mitchell who has led his New National Party (NNP) to win all 15 seats in the House of Representatives on 3 separate occasions said that some people who are new to politics as well as those involved in politics, will soon learn the difference between owning a political party and its supporters and thoughts of the wider voting population.
“It might be easy to buy a political party, but it’s not easy to buy the people of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. Let’s get it right, that one difficult,” he said.