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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PM Mitchell returned to power in Grenada – News Reports

News reports out of Grenada are that Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell and his New National Party (NNP) won a landslide victory at elections held today.

Caribbean News Service is reporting that the NNP won all 15 seats. According to the news outfit, Dr. Mitchell said on radio that it was a “humbling experience and feeling.”

CANA News Online said it was the third time that Dr Mitchell had achieved the feat of sweeping the seats. (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…)

Seriously re-examine cricket recommendations – PM Mitchell

Outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, is calling for a serious re-examination of the recommendations of the Governance Review Panel on Cricket.

In his address to the opening of the Twenty-Ninth Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Monday in Haiti, the Grenada Prime Minister raised West Indies cricket as a “burning issue for which our Community must take due responsibility”.

“West Indies Cricket is a regional public good, and must, therefore, be subject to a regulatory framework, recognising its public good character,” he said.

In recognition of the “public good nature” of West Indies cricket, the Prime Minister said that forging a governance framework was required. That framework would respect the rules and independence mandated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and provide a proper framework  for all stakeholders in the governance of  West Indies cricket.

“Colleagues, we must move beyond entrenched polarised positions, which have not been helpful to the re-emergence of West Indies Cricket supremacy. I urge the Chairman of the sub-committee, and my good friend, Ralph Gonsalves, to seriously re-examine the recommendations, and champion our approach to addressing this issue so that West Indies cricket does not continue to wallow in the land of under-performance and mismanagement,” he said.