by Linda Straker
- General elections constitutionally due no later than June 2023
- The Grenada Movement confirmed mace will be party’s symbol
- To date, 34 symbols approved to be on a ballot paper
The mace is set to receive approval from the Members of the Lower House to become a symbol that can be used on the ballot paper of any election.
In accordance with the Representation of the People (Election Symbols) Regulations Cap. 286A, the Office of Governor-General, Dame Cécile La Grenade through the Parliamentary Elections Office (PEO) has submitted the necessary paperwork for the Parliament to approve the symbol.
A resolution to approve the symbol is among the Order Papers for the upcoming session which is scheduled for 26 November 2021. However, that resolution is expected to be approved after the budget debate.
Michael Church, Interim Chairman of the recently launched new political party called The Grenada Movement (TGM), has confirmed that the mace will be the party’s symbol on the ballot. “We made the application more than one month ago and are now awaiting the approval.”
The mace will bring to 35 the number of symbols approved to be on a ballot paper whenever there is an election. The symbol is not removed from the list unless an application is made to revoke it from the symbols list at the Parliamentary Elections Office. Symbols for ballot paper there shall be printed on every ballot paper opposite the name of each candidate.
Symbols already approved for use but have not appeared on recent election ballot paper include the Nutmeg, the Staff, and Leaf, the Moon, the Key, the Cow, the Bicycle, the Bread, the Steering Wheel, the Steel Pan, the Dove, and the Car.
Grenada’s next general elections are constitutionally due no later than June 2023.
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