The seat is now held by Camillo Gonsalves, the son of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, and heir-apparent for the leadership of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP). Gonsalves is the Minister of Economic Planning, Sustainable Development, Industry, Information and Labour.
“The New Democratic Party (NDP) is pleased to announce that Colin Clifford Bernard Graham has been tipped to represent the party in the East St. George (ESG) constituency; this after the group concluded its candidate selection process during an election on Thursday, 17 August,” the party said in a statement o Sunday night.
Graham emerged victorious over the other two contenders, Bert Francois and Ingrid Punnet and the NDP said that he is expected to be ratified by the Central Committee soon.
“The leadership of the NDP is satisfied with the high level of integrity and transparency that characterised the climate in which the election in ESG was conducted,” the NDP said.
The party quoted its leader, Godwin Friday, as saying “I am happy that members of the party offered themselves for candidacy, and I wish to thank all the members who participated in the process. Congratulations to Colin on his first victory.
“I look forward to continue working with all three persons, since we all have a contribution to make in the development of our great party and country. The vision of our party is to make SVG work for all.”
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Gonsalves fuelled speculation that he may be contemplating a snap general election after disclosing the results of a recent poll conducted by the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES).
“All I have to tell you is that I’m in a far better place than the other fellas. I wouldn’t tell you where I am,” he told reporters after indicating that the poll was conducted in July and involved 963 people in12 constituencies.
The speculations of a snap election have come amidst repeated court rulings in favour of the NDP in the two election petitions challenging the results of the December 2015 general elections in two constituencies.
The ULP won the elections by an 8-7 margin for a fourth consecutive term in office and the High Court is expected to hear next month an application by lawyers for the NDP to inspect the 2015 election documents, including the ballot boxes.
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