Monday 9th July, 2012 : The New National Party has celebrated its 28th year in existence with the staging of its 25th Annual Convention at the St. Andrew Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) on Sunday 8th July 2012. The party which is presently preparing itself for General Elections was in an upbeat mood at the Convention which was followed by a massive rally at the nearby Telescope Playing Field.
The convention held under the theme: Reviewing our Past, Charting our Future. NNP – The Only Answer attracted some four hundred delegates from every part of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique monitored by several hundred observers providing a fresh mandate to the New National Party Executive with only minor changes in the composition of floor members and in the position of Assistant Recording Secretary where former parliamentarian and government minister, Mrs. Brenda Hood replaced Mr. Stan Phillip who was elected as a floor member of the party. Dr. Keith Mitchell was returned unopposed as Political Leader as was the majority of positions on the executive as follows:
|Mr. Gregory Bowen||Chairman|
|Mr. Kenny Lalsingh||Deputy Chairman|
|The Rt. Hon Dr. Keith Mitchell||Political Leader|
|Hon. Elvin Nimrod||Deputy Political Leader|
|Hon. Roland Bhola||General Secretary|
|Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste||Assistant General Secretary|
|Mr. Steve Horsford||Recording Secretary|
|Mrs. Brenda Hood||Assistant Recording Secretary|
|Mr. Anthony Boatswain||Treasurer|
|Mr. Terrence Forrester||Public Relations Officer|
|Mr. Winston Garraway||Labour Relations Officer|
|Mrs. Joy Mancini||Welfare Officer|
|Mr. Oswald Gilbert||Floor Member|
|Prescott Swan||Floor Member|
|Mr. Cletus St Paul||Floor Member|
|Richard Mc Phail||Floor Member|
|David Stan Phillip||Floor Member|
|Mr. Bassanio Nicholas||Floor Member|
|James Stafford||Floor Member|
In his statement at the completion of the convention Political Leader Dr. the rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell spoke to the delegates and observers gathered about the importance of the registration process. He also referred to the fact that many Grenadians had not taken the opportunity over the past six months to ensure that they are registered to vote come Election Day whenever it is called. He called on the members of his party to pay particular attention to the voter registration process and to constituency organizational work while working with the magnificent team of men and women who comprise the united team of the New National Party.
The Convention was followed by a Massive Rally at the Telescope Playing Field where thousands of Grenadians came together to participate in the rescue mission and hear the message of hope from the New National Party who did not disappoint them. Two times Member of Parliament and General Secretary of the Party Honorable Roland Bhola spoke on the issue of Agriculture and Fisheries while there were also presentations on the Economy by Senator Anthony Boatswain and on Legal and Foreign Affairs by Honorable Elvin Nimrod. The activity ended with a wide ranging presentation by the Political Leader and Former Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Honorable Keith Mitchell where he outlined the way forward for the party and country and the NNP’s vision for the development of Grenada.
This Convention and Rally follows on the heels of several major activities by the New National Party for the first half of 2012 including major rallies in Gouyave St. John and in Carriacou as the party continues to place itself on an election footing. The photos and videos of the Convention and Rally can be seen at www.nnp.gd