By Demion McTair. Updated 3:33 a.m., Friday, July 10, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Former Prime Minister, Sir James Mitchell, has sent a warning to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves over the choosing of the date for the next General Election, constitutionally due by December 2020.
Sir James was responding to a question on the July 7 edition of the OMG Morning Show on Boom 106.9, about late ratification of candidates for political parties.
Mitchell said “Let me warn my colleague prime minister, I say colleague prime minister, we’re in the same league when it comes to that… when months you dissolve the Parliament, you can’t redissolve it you know”.
To which the host of the program Dwight ‘Bing’ Joseph asked: “What do you mean by that?”.
Sir James replied saying:
“When you call it and you start to see the licks you getting in the…,” Mitchell said while laughing. “Be very careful about the date which you calling election,” he added.
“I am pretty sure prime minister Gonsalves not calling the election before his birthday,” Mitchell added.
He said what really matters is the framework of the party, the mood of the people, leadership and then placement of a candidate .
In the same interview, Mr. Mitchell said “recent polls I know have shown that Dr. Friday is ahead with likability and integrity over Ralph and Camillo”, referring to the Prime Minister and his son who is the Finance Minister.
The next general election is due by December 2020, but the constitution provides for a 3-month extension which would make it legally possible for the poll to be held in March 2021.