ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Two candidates of the ruling New National party (NNP) who contested the 2013 general elections will not be contesting the upcoming poll constitutionally due next year but widely expected to be held later this year.
In a statement, the NNP said that it would soon be launching caretakers in five constituencies during the month of April, the first in a series scheduled for the coming months.
Among the caretakers is Peter David, who had represented the Town of St. George constituency as a member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and represented the constituency from 2003 to 2013.
The constituency is now being represented by Health Minister Nicholas Steele, who has also been named as a caretaker.
David was one of many NDC executive members who were expelled from the party in 2012. Since then he has aligned himself with the NNP serving as a government senator in the Upper House of Parliament.
He has been appointed the caretaker for the Town of St George, adding “I am grateful for the confidence that has been shown in me by the general executive of the NNP, and by the party supporters at large, in town.
“We have a lot of work to do together – and we will get down to ensuring that the seat stays in the column of the NNP,” David said.
The former foreign minister said that he has worked closely with Steele in recent years “to unite all of our people.
“We believe that the challenges we continue to face as a nation, despite the awe-inspiring successes, call for a sense of unity like we have never seen in our history. There are too many possibilities out there for anyone to govern over a divided nation,” David said.
Steele has been named the caretaker for St George South. Acknowledging it is “a challenge I embrace with the South being one of the largest constituencies in Grenada.
“There is already an enthusiastic team working there, and it is our intention to expand on that and bring in additional support,” Steele said.
The NNP controls all 15 seats in the House of Representatives. The NDC, which is now led by former finance minister Nazim Burke, recently announced a number of caretakers for several constituencies.