Grenada is a country located in the region of North America. In the 2013 election, the New National Party (NNP) regained power after nearly five years in opposition. Prime Minister Keith Mitchell was successful in his intention to address Grenada’s financial problems. But he did not get the residents with him in the ambitious attempts to modernize the constitution. Nevertheless, the government regained voter confidence in the 2018 election.
When Keith Mitchell and his new government took office in 2013, a heart issue was to revise the constitution, which was considered outdated in several areas. This was the fourth time an attempt was made to change the constitution. A referendum was planned and a proposal was drafted with seven different constitutional amendments. These included replacing the British Court of Privy Council with the Caribbean Court CCJ (see Political system), imposing time limits on the Prime Minister’s post, forming a special independent electoral commission, making gay couple relationships more acceptable, and renaming the country to Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, to show more clearly that it consists of three islands.
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Although the government spent a great deal of time and resources on disseminating information on the legislative proposals, all the participants in the referendum were rejected, which after being postponed to the end of 2016. Disappointed by the fact that only one third of the voting members participated in the vote and felt that those who were happy with the result “played games on the future of the country”. Particularly incomprehensible, he argued that the residents had not agreed to make the CCJ the supreme court, which in his opinion would have been an important proof of Grenada’s independence in relation to the British former colonial power.
The fact that the participants had seen all the constitutional changes was interpreted by some observers as being about protest votes from voters. The results of the referendum showed, it was said, that there was widespread dissatisfaction with the sitting NNP government, which could benefit the opposition party National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
At the same time, there were others who spoke in favor of the government and the NNP, not least that the economic situation had improved during its time in power. Not only had economic growth accelerated, especially at the beginning of the term of office, but the government had also managed to gain control of the galloping government debt (see Finance). It was also hardly a coincidence that Prime Minister Mitchell the day before Election Day came with the gratifying message that significant reserves of oil and gas were discovered in the Grenada marine area (see also Natural Resources and Energy).
When the elections were held in March 2018, NNP reiterated the success of the previous election and took home all the seats in the House of Representatives. The party received 59 percent of the vote against just over 40 percent for NDC.
FACTS – POLITICS
monarchy, unitary state
Head of State
Queen Elizabeth II
Head of government
Prime Minister Keith Mitchell (2013–)
Most important parties with mandates in the last election
New National Party (NNP) 15 (2018)
Main parties with mandates in the second most recent elections
New National Party (NNP) 15 (2013)
74% in the 2018 parliamentary elections
parliamentary elections by 2023