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