Grenadians are getting ready to head to the polls in just six weeks. Voters have been registering to cast their ballots and a host of political parties have nominated candidates for the 2018 poll after the Government set the next General Elections for March 13, 2018, to coincide with the anniversary of the 1979 Revolution. The much-anticipated announcement was finally made on Sunday, January 28 by Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell while addressing a huge rally of his ruling New National Party (NNP) in the capital city, St. George’s. The election date had remained a national mystery while the NNP and its main rival, the National Democratic Congress, NDC, had been campaigning feverishly since the closing months of 2017, largely leaving Grenadians in political suspense as the government’s current five-year term inched towards its constitutional end.
The last national poll was held on February 19, 2013 and as the end of the NNP’s current term approached, the political parties started hitting the campaign trail.
It had been widely speculated that the poll might have been called close to Grenada’s independence date, February 7. But Prime Minister Mitchell successfully kept citizens and voters guessing across Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, the three islands that comprise the Windward Islands nation state.