Gonsalves again hints at snap elections
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has for the second time in as many months signalled that the next general elections will be held ahead of the 2015 constitutional deadline.
“Comrades, when I told you to go on your marks, I wasn’t making sport you know,” Gonsalves told supporters of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) at a rally in Barrouallie on Saturday night in celebration of the party’s 13th anniversary in office.
“As a country man, I know the saying that the same rope which does hang sheep is the same rope which does hang goat. And I want to say this, as a man, further, from the country, is not long rope that does hang cattle, you know; is short rope.
“And we going gi’ (give) NDP a short rope as we go between now to the next general elections,” he said.
Gonsalves, whose ULP will be seeking a fourth consecutive term in office, first hinted at early general election in February as he addressed the ULP’s annual convention, telling party supporters to get “on your marks.”
Some political observers say that the polls can come as soon as July, while others believe that it would come towards the end of 2014.
Gonsalves, 67, who during the 2010 election campaign asked voters to give him another term to mould a new generation of leaders, suggested to party supporters on Saturday that the next election will be his last as party leader.
“I am asking you to tell your children and your grandchildren, I want the young people to tell one another that they have to do this last one for the comrade.
“I will stay in North Central (Windward) where I have a house and I will represent my constituency there.”