ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, January 30, 2018 (CMC) – The leader of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nazim Burke, yesterday, described the March 13 general election date as a “liberation and referendum day” for Grenadians.
On Sunday night, Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, announced March 13 as the date for fresh general elections, telling supporters that the last five years had seen tremendous socio-economic growth in the tri-nation country.
But Burke, who is leading the NDC into the upcoming general election, said that “we must see this announcement as the beginning of our march to freedom”.
“We must rally every single person capable of voting against the New National Party to come out and vote on referendum day,” said Burke, adding “liberation day is March 13”.
Burke, who was addressing an NDC rally in the heart of the capital on Sunday night, said “interestingly, brothers and sisters, when I last checked March 13th represented a revolution against corruption.
“March 13th brothers and sisters, represented a revolution against oppression, March 13th represented a revolution against spitefulness and vindictiveness, March 13th represented a revolution against intimidation, March 13th represented a revolution against poor health care and lack of quality health care,” he added.
Nomination Day will be on February 20 and the election this year is likely to be a straight fight between the NNP and the NDC.
Mitchell has indicated that he would like a repeat of the 2013 election results when the NNP won all 15 seats, defeating the then ruling NDC headed by prime minister Tillman Thomas.
On March 13, 1979 the democratically-elected government of Sir Eric Matthew Gairy was removed from power by the Maurice Bishop-led New Jewel Movement (NJM) in the first coup in the English-speaking Caribbean.
Both the NNP and the NDC have supporters and decision makers who were, at one tim, intimately involved with the March 13th Revolution and its socialist style People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG).
Burke, who was addressing supporters on the party’s plans for the next five years if it won the election, said it was important for them to vote in the election.
“We must understand that this matter is now in our hands, what happens from now, brothers and sisters, is now in our hands…The choice is now in your hands, let us now march forward to victory on March 13,” he said.