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General Election Results - 8 July 2008

On 1 June 2008, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell announced that elections would be held on 8 July. They were constitutionally due in January 2009 but were widely expected to be called in late 2008. On 3 June the parliament was dissolved paving the way for the seventh elections since the country gained independence from Britain in 1974. The country enjoys a relatively stable economy thanks to tourism and offshore banking although poverty remains a significant problem. 

The 15 members of the House of Representatives were elected in single-member constituencies by first-past-the-post voting.

In the previous elections held in November 2003 Prime Minister Mitchell's New National Party (NNP) had won 8 of the 15 seats in the House of Representatives giving him a third consecutive term. The main opposition the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by Mr. Tillman Thomas took the remainder. 

Prior to the 2008 elections Prime Minister Mitchell was dogged by allegations dating back to 2002 that he had received half a million US dollars in payment for appointing Mr. Eric Resteiner - a German national and fugitive from US justice where he faced corruption charges - as Grenada's ambassador-at-large. In May 2008 a Commission of Inquiry cleared the Prime Minister of these allegations. 

As in previous elections 2008 saw a duel between the NNP and NDC which both fielded candidates in all 15 of Grenada's electoral districts. The NNP promised to reduce the cost of living by abolishing taxes on basic products such as food and text books. It also pledged to build and repair 1 000 homes a year and provide a low-income housing programme for 5 000 families over the next five years. Other proposed measures included combating white-collar corruption by establishing a special anti-corruption unit within the police force. 

The NDC leader Mr. Thomas argued that only his party could bring about the change that Grenadians yearned. He criticized the NNP for not providing adequate housing welfare or education. He promised to better manage the economy create jobs and lower the cost of living. The NDC criticized the NNP government for failing to comply with the conditions for receiving financial aid under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In 2006 the country had received US$1.6 million of its US$16 million entitlement before the programme was suspended. 

The Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) led by former Prime Minister Eric Matthew Gairy and the People's Labour Movement (PLM) led by former Attorney General Francis Alexis formed a coalition (GULP-PLM) and fielded 14 candidates. Both parties had participated in the 2003 elections but had not won seats. Former opposition leader Michael Baptiste (GULP) turned down the coalition's leadership position and publicly backed the NDC arguing that the GULP should resolve its internal problems before participating in the elections. He nonetheless remained a GULP member and pledged to "rebuild" the party after the elections. 

Both the NNP and NDC accused each other of perpetrating violence. Candidates complained of having received death threats or being harassed. 

On 4 June NDC leader Mr. Thomas asked the Organization of American States (OAS) to cancel a planned mission to the country by Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin who the NDC alleged had close ties with the NNP. 

The NNP government unsuccessfully petitioned the courts several times to disqualify from the elections the NDC General Secretary Mr. David Peter on grounds that he was a Canadian citizen. 

A poll published by the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) in late June indicated a close fight between the NNP and NDC. Other opinion polls suggested a large turnout might be detrimental to the NNP. 

A review of voter rolls by the Elections and Boundaries Commission prior to the elections showed that the number of registered voters had dropped drastically from over 82 000 in the 2003 elections to 67 000 in 2008 (in a country of 90 000 inhabitants). 

On 8 July 80.30 per cent of registered voters turned out at the polls. The OAS (which sent 36 observers led by Mr. Ramdin) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) praised the high turnout and orderly election process. 

The final results gave victory to the opposition NDP which took 11 of the 15 seats. The NNP took the remainder. Two women were elected (one from each party). On 9 July Mr. Thomas was sworn in as the new Prime Minister. His cabinet members were sworn in on 14 July. 

Voter turnout was 79.30%.

On 20 August the newly elected members to the House of Representatives were sworn in alongside 13 members appointed to the Senate. The House elected Mr. George James McGuire (NDC) as its new Speaker. Prime Minister Thomas appointed Ms. Joan Purcell as Senate President.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
ELECTORAL SYSTEM
System First-past-the-post
Elected Members 15 single-member constituencies
VOTER TURNOUT
Total Valid Votes 56,686
Invalid Votes 222
Total Votes Cast 56,908
Registered Voters 71,751
Voter Turnout 79.31%
CRITICAL DATES
Dissolution of House Tue, 3 June 2008
Nomination Day Wed, 18 Jun 2008
Polling Day Tue, 8 Jul 2008
First Meeting of Parliament Wed, 20 Aug 2008
PARTY MANIFESTOS 2008
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ELECTION REPORTS
CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission Preliminary Statement Download report
OAS Election Observers Report Download report
SUMMARY RESULTS
  Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
  New National Party NNP 27,180 47.96% 15 4
  National Democratic Congress Winner NDC 29,007 51.17% 15 11
  United Labour Platform ULP 478 0.84% 12 -
  Independent Candidates IND 12 0.02% 3 -
  Total Valid Votes Total 56,686 100% 45 15
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND PARTY
Constituency Registered Voters NNP NDC ULP IND Valid Votes Voter Turnout
Carriacou & Petite Martinique 4,420 1,948 1,666 - - 3,614 81.76%
St. Andrew South East 4,170 1,607 1,637 14 - 3,258 78.13%
St. Andrew South West 4,897 1,759 2,137 - - 3,896 79.56%
St. Andrew North East 4,381 1,774 1,747 25 5 3,551 81.05%
St. Andrew North West 3,974 1,488 1,775 19 - 3,282 82.59%
St. David 7,648 2,632 3,425 44 - 6,101 79.77%
Town of St. George 3,441 1,148 1,445 8 - 2,601 75.59%
St. George North East 6,143 1,791 2,951 24 - 4,766 77.58%
St. George North West 3,916 2,422 568 17 - 3,007 76.79%
St. George South East 4,531 1,639 1,903 73 - 3,615 79.78%
St. George South 7,943 2,516 3,268 120 4 5,908 74.38%
St. John 5,537 2,021 2,309 83 3 4,416 79.75%
St. Mark 3,180 1,569 909 25 - 2,503 78.71%
St. Patrick East 3,492 1,330 1,434 26 - 2,790 79.90%
St. Patrick West 4,078 1,545 1,833 - - 3,378 82.83%
Total 71,751 27,189 29,007 478 12 56,686 79.00%
ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Constituency   Representative Party
Carriacou & Petite Martinique   Elvin G. NIMROD New National Party
St. Andrew South East   Patrick SIMMONS National Democratic Congress
St. Andrew South West   Sylvester QUARLESS National Democratic Congress
St. Andrew North East   Roland BHOLA New National Party
St. Andrew North West   Alleyne WALKER National Democratic Congress
St. David   Michael D. LETT National Democratic Congress
Town of St. George   Peter C. DAVID National Democratic Congress
St. George North East   V. Nazim BURKE National Democratic Congress
St. George North West   Keith C. MITCHELL** New National Party
St. George South East   Ignatiaus K. HOOD National Democratic Congress
St. George South   Glynis ROBERTS National Democratic Congress
St. John   Michael A. CHURCH National Democratic Congress
St. Mark   Clarice MODESTE-CURWEN New National Party
St. Patrick East   Tillman THOMAS** National Democratic Congress
St. Patrick West   Joseph GILBERT National Democratic Congress
SUMMARY BY CONSTITUENCY AND CANDIDATE

Constituency

Registered
Voters

Candidate

Party

 Votes

Vote%

Carriacou & Petite Martinique 4,420 Elvin G. NIMROD NNP 1,978 54.28%
George W. PRIME NDC 1,666 45.72%
St. Andrew South East 4,170 Emmalin PIERRE NNP 1,607 49.32%
Garvin THOMAS ULP 14 0.43%
Patrick SIMMONS NDC 1,637 50.25%
St. Andrew South West 4,897 Yolande BAIN-HORSFORD NNP 1,759 45.15%
Sylvester QUARLESS NDC 2,137 54.85%
St. Andrew North East 4,381 Roland BHOLA NNP 1,774 50.06%
Keith BRAVBOY UKP 25 0.71%
Raleigh DATE IND 5 0.14%
Ingrid RUSH NDC 1,740 49.10%
St. Andrew North West 3,974 Jospeh CYRUS ULP 19 0.58%
Alleyne WALKER NDC 1,775 54.08%
Delma THOMAS NNP 1,488 45.34%
St. David 7,648 Earlyn FRANCIS ULP 44 0.72%
Michael D. LETT NDC 3,425 56.14%
Devon RACHAE NNP 2,632 43.14%
Town of St. George 3,441 Brenda HOOD NNP 1,148 44.14%
Gillian LEWIS ULP 8 0.31%
Peter C. DAVID NDC 1,445 55.56%
St. George North East 3,143 Martin EDWARDS NNP 24 0.50%
Nazim V. BURKE ULP 2,951 61.92%
Kennedy ROBERTS NDC 1,791 37.58%
St. George North West 3,916 Keith C. MITCHELL NNP 2,422 80.55%
Ingrid JACKSON NDC 568 18.89%
Desmond C. SANDY ULP 17 0.57%
St. George South East 4,531 Francis R. ALEXIS ULP 73 2.02%
Gregory BOWEN NNP 1,639 45.34%
Ignatiaus K. HOOD NDC 1,903 52.64%
St. George South 7,943 Derick SEALY IND 4 0.07%
Keith DAVIS ULP 120 2.03%
Ann-David ANTOINE NNP 2,516 42.59%
Glynis ROBERTS NDC 3,268 55.31%
St. John 5,537 Michael A. CHURCH NDC 2,309 52.29%
Fitzroy BEDEAU NNP 2,021 45.77%
Collin FRANCIS ULP 83 1.88%
Francis McBURNIE IND 3 0.07%
St. Mark 3,180 Clarice MODESTE-CURWEN NNP 1,569 62.68%
Osbourne JAMES NDC 909 36.32%
Dennis NEDD ULP 25 1.00%
St. Patrick East 3,492 Carl CATON NNP 1,330 47.67%
Tillman THOMAS NDC 1,434 51.40%
Reynold C. BENJAMIN ULP 26 0.93%
St. Patrick West 4,078 Anthony BOATSWAIN NNP 1,545 45.74%
Joseph GILBERT NDC 1,833 54.26%
Key
NNP = New National Party; NDC = New Democratic Congress; ULP = United Labour Platform; GULP = Grenada United Labour Platform; PLM = People's Labour Movement; GOD = Good Old Democracy; MBPM = Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement; URP = United Republican Party; CDLP = Christian Democratic Labour Party; GFLP = Grenada Federated Labour Party;IND = Independent; * Incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Grenada Parliamentary Elections Office
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