The ruling Unity Labour Party held a major election campaign rally at Rabacca on Sunday but there was no announcement of the date for the next general elections as some citizens had hoped.
The party will seek an unprecedented fourth consecutive term in office when Vincentians go to the polls in elections constitutionally due in March 2016.
However, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has said he will call the elections before year-end.
At Sunday’s rally, someone in the crowd told Gonsalves that they were ready for the election date.
“A know yo’ ready fuh vote. Ah know yo’ wah me ring de bell, but ah want Arnhim sweat a little bit,” Gonsalves said.
“He listening to me tonight yo’ know,” Gonsalves said of Eustace, who has led the main opposition New Democratic Party to three electoral defeats, although the party gained an additional four seats in ten 2010 elections.
“Ah go leave it ‘til last,” Gonsalves said in reference to the election date.
“Ah want he sweat through this speech. Ah want him listen to this. He will listen to hear who is the boss. He would listen to hear who is the prime minister. Ah want him and all of them to hang on to every word I will say here tonight,” Gonsalves said of Eustace and the NDP.
But there was no announcement of the election date at the of Gonsalves’ 62-minute speech.
“If they thought that tonight I was going to ring the bell, get set!” Gonsalves told party supporters.
“At the convention, I told you to be on your marks,” he said in reference to the command he gave party supporters since February 2014.
“Tonight, I say to you, get set! Get set and wait until comrade Ralph says go. And I tell you this, if they believe that I going give them a long time like how Kamla give Rowley long time, nah, nah, nah – in Trinidad,” Gonsalves said.
“Short! And every farmer knows, it ain’t long rope does kill cattle you know. Short rope does kill cattle. Short rope does hang cattle and I going give them a short rope. A short rope!” Gonsalves said, reusing an analogy from his February 2014 speech.