Dr. Keith Mitchell sworn in; calls for togetherness

Friday 16 March 2018 proved to be yet another historic moment for Dr. the Rt. Keith Mitchell, as he was sworn in for the 5th time as Prime Minister of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Grenada Trade Center, which was packed with delegates, official members of the New National Party (NNP), supporters and on-lookers.

After being congratulated by Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade, Prime Minister Mitchell addressed the gathering, and called on the Grenadian public to pray for him and his administration.

During Dr Mitchell’s address, he stated that he knows he can never repay the nation, but he will certainly try his utmost best, as he comes with a sincere heart and strong determination. According to him, what motivates him most, is knowing where he came from and knowing where Grenadians can go together. Therefore, he remains committed to leading a “united nation,” and called upon the leadership of the defeated National Democratic Congress (NDC) as well as their supporters, to come together, as “this nation belongs to all of us.” The PM urged the the leader of the NDC to take this proposal seriously.

According to Dr Mitchell, at this juncture, the aim should be to lead supporters out of what he referred to as extreme partisanship.

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CARICOM observer mission releases preliminary statement on Grenada elections





MARCH 13, 2018


At the invitation of the Government of Grenada the CARICOM Secretariat constituted an eleven-member team to observe Grenada’s Parliamentary Election held March 13, 2018.

The Mission was led by Ms. Pauline Welsh, Director of Legal Affairs, Research and Development at the Electoral Commission of Jamaica and comprised observers from The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Secretary-General informed the group that its terms of reference would be:

 (i)      to observe the electoral process, including the preparations for the start of the poll, the casting of votes, the closure of polling stations, the counting of the ballots and the preparation of the Statement of Poll;

(ii)       collect information on the results at the voting tables to assist in the quantitative verification of the results;

(iii)     collect qualitative observations regarding the voting process, comportment of the electoral officials and political actors, and on the overall electoral environment. (more…)

CARICOM election mission to Grenada conducts initial assessments

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Election Observer Mission (CEOM) has conducted initial assessments and has met with key stakeholders as the March 13 General Elections in Grenada draws near.

The CEOM, led by Chief of Mission Ms. Pauline Welsh, Director of Legal Affairs, Development and Research, Electoral Office of Jamaica, met with the Supervisor of Elections, the Commissioner of Police as well as the Conference of Churches, the Chamber of Commerce, the Council for the Disabled and the Grenada National Organisation of Women, as it assesses the pre-election environment in the CARICOM Member State.

In a preliminary statement released on Friday, the Mission said it also paid a courtesy call on Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and with Mr. Nazim Burke, Leader of the main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress. Meetings were also planned with other political parties and stakeholders to obtain an overview of the general atmosphere and their level of preparedness for the election. (more…)

CARICOM to monitor Grenada’s elections

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has deployed an electoral observer mission to monitor General Elections in Grenada to be held on Tuesday 13 March 2018.

The CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission (CEOM) was organised by the CARICOM Secretariat through its Directorate of Foreign and Community Relations, following an invitation from the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the  Hon. Keith Mitchell. The Mission was invited to provide an impartial assessment of the conduct of the elections.

The Chief of Mission is Ms. Paulin Welsh, Director, Legal Affairs, Research and Development, in the Electoral Office of Jamaica. Other members are nationals of The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The Mission will be supported by two members of staff from the Secretariat. (more…)