The Opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) says it is expecting general elections to be called this year, two years ahead of the constitutional deadline.

“We cannot continue on this basis, and we cannot wait for no 2015 for any election either. We [are] looking for election in 2013 — this year,” NDP president, Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace, said on Saturday during a protest rally in Georgetown.

“And part of your job is to show your support on Friday,” he told party supporters in reference to the protest march and picket his party has scheduled for Friday in Kingstown.

“You have to keep the pressure on them,” he said of the Unity Labour Party government, headed by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves.

Eustace said the NDP has been saying over the last few years what it can do in the interest of the country and has been speaking about national issues.

“And now, you have a hospital that can’t even be a morgue because they carrying the dead them up Mills,” he said.

The Government has entered into an agreement with a funeral home for the storage of corpses until a refrigeration problem at the morgue is fixed.

“This is where we reach you know. Nothing in this country works; nothing under the Gonsalves administration works anymore. … And meantime, our people continue to suffer and suffer and suffer,” Eustace said.

He said the economy is declining “and unless you get somebody who understands these issues … to deal with it, crapaud will smoke your pipe.”

Eustace said the NDP understands the issues.

“Remove Ralph Gonsalves from office at the first opportunity; … he is not capable of running this country,” Eustace said.

He further stated that the national debt is approaching EC$1.5 billion and EC$135 million is needed annually to pay the interest and principal.

He said that after the Government repays its loans and pays salaries, only 17 per cent of revenue is left for the ministries.

“So it can’t work so. It can’t work like that,” Eustace said

3 replies on “Opposition expecting elections this year”

  1. Teacherfang (@Llijame) says:

    Is Mr Eustace really serious about expecting early elections? Really? WTF!

    And is the NDP REALLY CONVINCE THAT THEY CAN WIN AN ELECTION IF ITS CALLED IN 2013? Mm..I would like to think so but I am not convince.I think the NDP has a lot work to do in getting their house in order before facing the electorate.

    And tactically, its pretty dotish for Eustace to make these pronouncement, given that the NDP has just in recent time recruited and still considering in some instances, several new members to contest the next elections. These new members will need time to get to know their constituents and the political lay of the land…so I can’t understand why on earth Eustace would be sounding the alarm for early elections…who is he really fooling?

  2. The longer Gonsalves leaves it, the less chance he has of winning. Because things are getting worse by the day.

    I would imagine that someone is hoping and praying for a big hurricane, so as we can get hold of some loot from the Diaspora and all those nice countries that send money and goods to us whenever something tragic happens..

    Its a shame that a few of the ULP don’t have the guts to cross the floor in parliament, I am sure Gonsalves would, if he thought it would help him personally stay in power. Problem is he would become a one man party because no one would want him.

    HANG ON, HE IS A ONE MAN PARTY, EVERYONE ELSE IN THE ULP IS DISPOSABLE, THEY CAN’T TALK OR COMMENT, THEY SHIVER AND SHAKE WHILST STANDING IN HIS SHADOW. IN FACT I THINK HE IS ALSO A ONE MAN JUDICIARY, AND WE ARE LIVING IN A ONE MAN COUNTRY, HIS COUNTRY, WE ARE ALL DISPOSABLE.

    DO YOU MIND IF I CORRECT ALL THAT AND MAKE IT ALL ONE AND A HALF MEN, EVEN ONE AND A QUARTER, BECAUSE I FORGOT JULIAN. SORRY JULIAN.

    GOT NEW RUNNING SHOES JULIAN, SOMEONE TOLD ME THEY HAD SEEN YOU PRACTISING THE TRYATHALON, RUNNING CYCLING AND SWIMMING. TRY NOT TO TREAD IN ANY DOGS DODO, YOUR ALREADY DEAP IN IT, GOOD TO SEE YOUR THINKING AHEAD OF THE GAME. DON’T WAIT FOR THE FAT MAN HE WILL HOLD YOU BACK.

    Now, during a scene
    Seen it all before
    We drink, we drink a little much
    Drink a little more
    To shake off the nerves and
    To take off the edge and
    Now is there any way back home?

    Seen it all before and
    I know the signs
    We drink, drink a little much
    To stimulate the mind
    Now it’s two hours to go
    Insult everyone that we know
    Now it’s such a long way home

    Maybe it’s time to go?
    Maybe it’s time you went?
    You’re making a spectacle
    Maybe it’s time you left?

    I don’t wanna spoil your night
    I don’t wanna hurt your pride
    But maybe it’s time to go
    Maybe it’s time?

    Maybe it’s time to go?
    Maybe it’s time we went?
    You’re making a spectacle
    Maybe it’s time we left?

    I don’t wanna spoil your night
    I don’t wanna hurt your pride
    But maybe it’s time to go?
    Maybe it’s time?

    To go where there’s nowhere to hide
    From what’s broken inside
    A faultline rips right open
    Under the wide wide ocean’s tide
    Under the wide wide ocean

    Maybe it’s time to go?
    Maybe it’s time we went?
    You’re making a spectacle
    Maybe it’s time we left?

    I don’t wanna spoil your night
    I don’t wanna hurt your pride
    Maybe it’s time to fly
    Maybe it’s time?

    Maybe it’s time to go?
    Maybe it’s time?

  3. GONSALVES HAS GOT TO CALL EARLY ELECTIONS, IF HE RUNS THE FULL TERM IT WILL BECOME MORE OBVIOUS THAT THE AIRPORT WILL NOT BE FINISHED FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

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