PM Ralph Gonsalves announced the election date before a large crowd on Saturday evening during his ruling United Labour Party (ULP) Rally in Kingstown.
“David who had blooed on his hands, was a man after God’s own heart and Pauls, the greatest evangelist, would have persecuted Christians and beca,e the greatest advocate for Christianity I say to those in the NDP, ordinary supporters that they look to the ULP and come to us because we have a message of hope and love and of faith for this country.” PM Gonsalves declared.
In the last general election, Gonsalves’ Unit Labour Party (ULP) won by a one-seat margin to take control of the 21-member House of Assembly. The New Democratic Party, led by Arnhim Eustace, won seven seats.
Some 87,219 persons would be eligible to vote in the next general elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines, this information was provided by the Supervisor of Elections.
The list shows 44,345 males and 42,865 females as of October 2015.
The largest of the 15 constituencies is East St George, with 7,499 registered voters.
Between August and October 2015, 715 new people registered to vote. Of this number 405 were males and 310 females.
Over 101,000 persons were registered to vote in the December 2010 poll.
The elections of 2015 which is dubbed battle of the titans, would see the ULP fighting to hold on to power, while the NDP would muster all its strength to shake off the shackles of Opposition.
Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves is optimistic about this election presumably because he understands the political outlook is also based on voting intentions that are contemporary.
Caribbean pollster Peter Wickham in a recent article says critical is the national electoral swing that is at this time favourable based on recent polls conducted by CADRES. Summarily,he says Gonsalves needs to avoid a two per cent swing which could cost him two seats, (Central Leeward and North Windward) and the election.
Wickham in his recent publication says a defensive political stance would therefore be likely for these two seats, while working nationally to ensure that no negative swing materialises.