Now on the threshold of his seventy-second birthday, Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell is once again rewriting the books of Caribbean politics by becoming the first prime minister in the region, to win all fifteen seats in the Lower House of Parliament on three occasions.
The veteran politician and undisputed Political Leader of the New National Party (NNP) that returned to the reigns of governance in Grenada in 2013 with a resounding 15–nil victory at the polls, has repeated this feat of success with another landslide victory in the just-concluded March 13th General Election winning all fifteen seats up for grabs.
The wind of victory for the Keith Mitchell lead incumbent NNP began blowing from one of the party’s strongest support base, the Constituency of St. Mark within an hour after the close of the polls at 5pm on Tuesday, when Dr Clarice Modeste was declared winner in St Mark over her opponent, Jerome Thomas of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The remaining constituencies quickly followed. Despite some small glimmers of hope from a few of the NDC’s candidates including Party Leader Nazim Burke, Deputy Party Leader Joseph Andall and Tevin Andrew of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, it was a relatively smooth return to office for the NNP.
Addressing members of the media following his victory on Tuesday, Dr Mitchell said now that the campaigning is over it is time to get back to the business of building Grenada.
While commending his supporters for giving his team the opportunity to govern the country for his fifth term in office, Mitchell said the victory is no longer about the NNP, it is about the people of Grenada who want to see the gains achieved by his party over the years continue.
The Grenada leader noted that once again he would be extending the olive branch to the leaders of the National Democratic Congress to come together to help build Grenada since according to him, no one political party has all the solutions to Grenada’s problems.