ST GEORGE’S – Grenada’s two main political parties staged massive rallies here promising voters a better Grenada, as the March 13 general election campaign enters its final stretch.
Both the ruling New National Party (NNP) of prime minister Dr Keith Mitchell and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) headed by Nazim Burke are expressing confidence of victory at the polls.
Mitchell told supporters at the Tanteen Playing Field on the outskirts of the capital that his NNP, which enjoyed a 15-nil routing of the NDC in the 2013 general election was looking for a repeat result.
“One week and two days from now you will be voting for the continued creation of jobs. You will be also be voting for development of the agriculture sector,” he said, adding that the success the island enjoyed over the past five years had been based on the cooperation of all stakeholders.
“We have delivered on jobs and we have also delivered on hope. We have done our best to unite our people,” he said, adding that the social compact signed with the various stakeholders, including the trade unions and the private sector “was extremely important in where we are today . . .
“When the NNP is victorious on March 13, and we renew our governance of this country we will broaden the social compact by involving more stakeholders in the decision making in our country,” he said, telling supporters that the incumbent government, despite controlling all seats in Parliament, did not act recklessly, nor did it infringe upon the rights of others.
“You had a united front building Grenada,” Mitchell, one of the longest serving prime ministers in the Caribbean, told supporters, adding, “we are confident that we have the most solid and comprehensive plan for growth.”
However, Burke, who is leading the NDC into a general election for the first time, told supporters at the rally in the eastern parish of St Andrew that his party, if elected to office would implement various policies that would include reduction of various taxes, including reducing property tax by 25 per cent, roll back the petroleum tax and make the controversial one-off payment to public workers.
“I come to you seeking your real and genuine trust in the confidence that if you give us the opportunity we will make Grenada a better place for all of our citizens.
“We have a plan for our country we have put together a team of people to make a difference. What we need now is your trust and confidence,” Burke said, adding, “we ask you brothers and sisters to give us your support in the upcoming general election [and] I can assure you we will not disappoint you. ”
“With every passing day, the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martine have come to the decision that change is necessary and change is inevitable,” Burke told the supporters, urging them to take the upcoming poll seriously.
“Vote early, take no chance,” he said, while calling on supporters to desist from disgusting behaviour of attacking opponents.
“The power is in your finger,” Burke said.