Grenadians will vote today, Tuesday March 13, 2018, in their 8th general election since the island returned to the Parliamentary system of government following the 1979-83 non-elected leftist rule by the People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) of executed Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.
The election will be a straight fight between the ruling New National Party (NNP) of 71-year old Dr. Keith Mitchell and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), led by Nazim Burke.
Both parties are fielding a full slate of 15 candidates while a token of smaller parties are putting up a limited number of candidates in the election.
A total of 78, 249 Grenadians are eligible to cast ballots in the highly anticipated 2018 poll.
However, 874 police officers did early voting on Friday 9 March, 2018, in order to allow them to be free to do active duties on polling day.
The Parliamentary Elections Office has designated 237 polling stations on the Mainland for voting and 17 polling stations in Carriacou.
According to the Parliamentary Elections Office, the polls will open at 6.00 a.m. and close promptly at 5.00 p.m.
The 2018 poll is being contested by 45 candidates representing 8 political parties including a total of 45 candidates. Two independent candidates are also in the race – former NNP government minister, Joslyn Whiteman (St. David) and John Fletcher (St. Andrew South-west.
Today’s election is historic for Prime Minister Mitchell, who is seeking his fifth term in office.
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Election Observer Mission (CEOM) conducted initial assessments yesterday and met with key stakeholders ahead of the elections.
The CEOM is being headed by the Director of the Legal Affairs, Research and Development Unit of the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), Paulin Welsh. The other members of the mission are from The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.