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What the New Democratic Party (NDP) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and its supporters fail to realise (or chooses to ignore) is that in the unlikely event that the Central Leeward constituency results in the Dec. 9 national election are overturned in their favour, they will end up with a hollow, laughable, and potentially violent victory.

Why? Because the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) under the leadership of the Honourable Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves will still retain its large majority of the popular vote — 52 per cent to 47 per cent — just as they did in 1998 when they gained the same number of seven seats to the NDP’s eight, culminating in the 2000 “road-block revolution” closing off all traffic to the capital of Kingstown ultimately leading to their defeat in 2001 when they gained only three seats.

If they capture Central Leeward by the two or more votes they now claim they won by (as opposed to the over 300 votes they officially lost by), expect a second road-block revolution with the same inevitable result.

Those who claim that the election results were rigged in every one of the 15 constituencies will have a hard time explaining how the NDP’s popular vote declined in their two strongholds: the results in the Northern Grenadines constituency showed a decline of four per cent from 2010 to 2015 while the Southern Grenadines vote declined by two per cent over the same period. Likewise, they will be hard pressed to explain the NDP’s increase in the contested Central Leeward constituency during the same period by four per cent, except by acknowledging that candidate Ben Exeter was far more popular than perennial NDP loser Norrel Hull.

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Regardless of what SVG’s British-imposed Constitution says, the people — the ultimate source of power in our democracy — would never accept NDP rule under such circumstances, just as they rejected it in 2000.

If, as the leader of the NDP, Arnhim Eustace, claims, his party would never engage in the type of civil obedience the 2000 road-block revolution represented — something already contradicted by his instigation of quasi-road blocks at the police station in both the town of Layou and at Government House, the official residence of the Governor General — why is he trying his best to provoke this kind of disobedience from the ruling ULP by refusing to man-up to the results of last week’s election?

Welcome to the weird world of Vincentian politics, a country where Sir James Mitchell, the first and longest serving Prime Minister to date, was Premier from 1972 to 1974 even though he was his fledgling NDP party’s only elected representative, a feat of true one-man minority rule that made St. Vincent and the Grenadines a laughing stock throughout the region.

Get ready for more comedy, laughter, and — God forbid — possible violence as the current impasse unfolds.

C. ben-David

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5 replies on “Our laughing stock of a political system”

  1. Sad, but true- the real loser here is our democratic system.
    (1) Obviously, one of the two main political parties is seriously undermining the democratic choice of the people: either the ULP for stealing the election or the NDP for dismissing Vincentians’ valid choice. Once the legal proceedings reveal which one is at fault, we should not hesitate to hold the respective leader(s) accountable for the damage caused to our democracy.
    (2) The gullibility of partisan Vincentians is appalling. We need to figure out a way to work critical thinking into our education system, and encourage the youth to question everything, from everyone.

    I hope that we can all recover from this, and get back to a place where we can trust the democratic process to arrive at the best outcome for the country. For the meantime, it does make for good comedy…

  2. Let’s get something straight C.ben-David. No …’likely event that the Central Leeward constituency results in the Dec. 9 national election will be overturned in their favour’… never going to happen, PERIOD!
    What is really weird is why Arnhim Eustace is so foolish to leave things up to Douggie, Luzette, and Vynette, to ruin the party. He can’t see?

  3. While ULP members of parliment was being sworn in, the NDP had one big comedy show in the capital. I never laugh so much…. Embarassing

  4. Ben you’re correct, the NDP always shout slogan of dictatorship but today we are seeing the true dictator in the making, right before our very eyes. Eustace was once crying for a kinder gentle society, today he crave power by any means necessary; shame to accept defeat for a fourth term.
    This divided nation was and is all cause by Arnhim Eustace, it take a strong and influential leader to come out to its supporters and thank them for their overwhelming support and encourage them stand with the elected government for the development of the country.
    Remember one day that opposition leader will be elect into office and it will be best to takeover a country, which is well develop and financial sound. The people have spoken, the observer has offer their statement and the ULP have won the majority votes, which has shown in every constituency.
    My advice to Mr Eustace is step down as president of the party.

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