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45 candidates nominated to contest upcoming general election in Grenada

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Forty-five political candidates have been nominated to contest the March 13 general election in Grenada.

The majority of the candidates will represent the ruling New National Party (NNP) and the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The other candidates are from five minority parties and there are four independent candidates.

In the 2013 general election, the NNP won all 15 seats defeating the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of then prime minister Tillman Thomas.

This will be the second time that a general election will be held on March 13.

March 13, 1979 is a significant one in Grenada’s history.

On that day, members of the New Jewel Movement headed by Maurice Bishop staged the first coup in the English-speaking Caribbean, removing the then prime minister Sir Eric Gairy from office while he was on a visit to the United States.