2022 Grenada General Election

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July 1, 2022

The early general elections of Granada in 2022 will be held in that country on June 23 of that year.[1]

Electoral system

The 15 members of the House of Representatives are elected by simple majority in single-member constituencies.[2]

Background

After the parliamentary elections of 2013 and 2018, the New National Party (NNP) won all the seats in the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Granada, relegating the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to the extra-parliamentary opposition. NNP leader Keith Mitchell later took over as Prime Minister. After the new defeat of his party in 2018, the leader of the NDC, Nazim Burke, submitted his resignation. He was succeeded as leader by Dickon Mitchell on October 31, 2021 following an internal party election. At the age of 75 and after having been in power for two periods, the first from 1995 to 2008 and the second from 2013, Keith Mitchell announced his intention to retire from politics at the beginning of 2022, saying that his retirement would take place « in the immediate future." Following Mitchell's announcement, internal elections were called for in the party to decide the successor of the veteran politician from Granada. Also shortly after, voices began to be heard calling for early elections, something that Mitchell initially refused, assuring that he trusted that his party would win the 2023 elections with his successor.[3] However, the demands for the elections continued, in addition to beginning to announce the candidates of the fifteen constituencies by the rest of the country's parties. Finally, on May 14, 2022, the Prime Minister announced that he would call early elections for June 23 of this year, which the Governor General, Cécile La Grenade, with honorary powers, confirmed and ratified.[1] The Prime Minister reaffirmed his intention to withdraw from political life, but without announcing a specific date other than that it would be after the parliamentary elections.

Campaign

For these elections, a total of 41 candidates were presented through five political parties and an independent candidate, Winston Earl Frederick, to be eligible in the elections.[4] Only the two major parties, the NNP and the NDC, fielded candidates in all 15 constituencies. The rest of the parties presented candidates only in some of them, presenting 4 candidates from the GULP and 3 each from the ILP and GRP. In the case of the independent candidate, he appeared in the district of Saint Patrick Oeste.

Slogans of the candidatures

During the campaign, four of the five parties used various electoral slogans: NNP: "Safer Hands!" (in English: [The] safest hands!) and "Expandign the Empowerment Agenda" (Expanding the empowerment agenda) NDC: "Transforming Grenada!" (Transforming Granada!) and "Let's Move Grenada Forward" (Let's move Granada forward) GULP: "GULP to the Rescue" and "Independence. Justice. Development» (Independence. Justice. Development) IFP: "The Eyes Have It"

Voting

On the day of the vote, 87,794 people were called to the polls as they were correctly registered in the Granada electoral census. Of all those summoned, the first to have the option to vote were the 914 officers of the Royal Police of Granada, who were able to vote on Monday, June 20, given that most of them would be in charge of security on the day of the vote, which that would prevent them from voting with the rest of the census.[4] The government supervisor of the elections was Elvis Morain. He was joined by a team of observers from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to ensure that the elections were fair, impartial and with international observers.[4] Result