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ThE gRfAm"A NEWSLETER \ ( V ^
Por The Week Ending November 6th 1976
GENERAL ELiTIONA DATE PIXED
Governor General Sir Leo deGale dissolved Parliament today (5th),
General Elections will be held on Tuesday December 7th and Nomination
Day is Thursday November 18th.
This announcement was made today on Radio Grenada just two days after
the ruling Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) announced its
candidates for the Elections. The GULP slate shows four new faces,
among them being ex-Assistant Superintendent of Police Inocent Belmar
who figured prominently in the Report of the Duffua Commission of
Inquiry into police brutality in Grenada.
According to that Report, the Commissioners thought Mr Belmar (who
commended the 'Police Aide' under the direction of Mr Gairy) "proved
himself totally unfitted for any position of authority", but 2rime
Minister Gairy subsequently said that Mr Belmar was "the best
policeman Grenada has seen or known for a long time" and, following
his resignation from the Police Porce, Mr Belmar has become an
official of Mr Gairy's trade union and a member of the GULP General
Another of the new faces is Mr Lloyd St.Louia who recently gave up
his position as a Magistrate and who also is referred to in the Duffus
Report. The Commissioners stated that Mr St.Louis and another
Magistrate, Mr Irving I Duncan, "demonstrated that they failed to
discharge their judicial offices as Magistratee with fairness and
competence ....." It was suggested by the Commissioners that the
Judicial & Legal Services Commission enquire into the conduct of these
two Magistrates but, such an enquiry has not been made. Magistrate
Duncan has been appointed Returning Officer for the Constituency of
St.Devide for the coming Elections.
Also among the tew ages on the GULP ticket is Mr Chrysler Thomas, a
farmer and Mr Roy St.John, retired Civil Servant, ex-Head of the
Civil Service Association and that Body's representative on the
Committee of 22 during the 1973/74 crisis.
Other GULP candidates, named are Prime Minister Eric Gairy, Mr George
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Hoaten, Minister of Finance, Mr Herbert Preudhomme, Minister of
Communications & Works, Mr Franklin Dolland, Minister of Youth
Development & Capital Investment Funding, Mrs Cynthia Gairy, Minister
of Sooipl Services, Mr Norman De Sousa, Parliamentary Secretary
in the Prime Minister's Ministry responsible for lands, Mr Oliver
Raeburn, Minister of Agriculture, Mr Ashton Frame, Minister of
State in the Ministry of Finance, Mr Albert Forsythe, Minister
of State in the Ministry of Communications & Works, Mr Hubert
Alexis, Deputy Speaker and Mr Charles Cayenne, proprietor.
The four new candidates replace Mr John Morris, Minister of
Education, Mr David Sylvester, Minister of Health & Housing and
Meadames Waple Nedd and Nadia Benjamin who defected from GULP
earlier this year. Mr Charles Cayenne contested the last
General Elections (1972) on the GULP ticket but was defeated.
The State of Grenada is divided into $5 Constituencies, the small
sister islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique together forming
one of the 15 and, in addition to GULP, three other political
parties are expected to contest the Elections. These are the
Grenada National Party (GNP) led by Mr Herbert Blaise and which
now holds one seat in the House of Representatives, the comparatively
new United People's Party (UPP) headed by Mr Winston Whyte, and
the New Jewel Movement (NJM) of which Mr Maurice Bishop and
Mr Unison Whiteman are Joint Coordiat ing Secretaries. Neither
UPP nor NJM have ever contested Elections in Grenada.
For some time, there have been talks between GNP, UPP and NJM
with the purpose of establishing a united front to contest the
General Elections but, to date, these talks have not produced the
proposed alliance. Sources close to the talks report, however,
that further discussions were held today (5th) and "substantial
progress was made",
NEWSLETTER is. pleased to furnish with this issue asmap of. Grenada
showing the constituency boundaries which will be in effect for
the General Elections, and suggests that subscribers keep this
map as an aid to better understanding of election developments.
It will be noted that the constituency of Carriacou/Petit Martinique
is not shown on the map. (628 words)
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NEW RJEISTRATION. ACT
At its sitting last week, Parliament passed the House of
Representatives (Registration of Electors 1976 Revision) Act 1976
which was assented to by Governar General Sir Leo DeGfle on October
29th and put into effect on November lot.
This Act makes special Rules for revision of the Voters Lists for
1976 and some provisions of the previously existing Rules for the
registration of voters have been omitted.
Under the Rules which have now been superseded, claims could be made
to be included on the liata, objections could be made to names
appearing on the Listso objections could be made to new names
claiming inclusion, objections could be made to any corrections
made to the Listes, and the whole process took a minimum of 30 days,
with obligation placed on the Registration Officer to give due
publication to all claims and objections.
Under the new Rules governing revision of the Electorial Lists for
1976, the process has been reduced to 15 days. Electors have
from November 1 at to 6th to make claims for inclusion on the Lists,
no provision is made for publication of these claims and no provision
is made for objections to be made to nanea on the Lists or to the
addition of new names. On November 15th, the revised Lists must
The new Rules make provision for inquiry if the Registration Officer
is nat satisfied with any claim made, but legal circles have expressed
concern over the proviso that "on the consideration of any claim or
other matter by the Registration Officer, any person appearing to the
Registration Officer to be interested may appear and be heard either
in person or by any other person, other than counsel or solicitor, on
his behalf." The opinion has been expressed that this rule may
deny claimants the right to be represented before the Registration
Officer by ooural or solicitor.
Throughout this week, there have been complaints around the ialend
that the forms required to make claims for inclusion on the Liste
have been in short supply or unavailable, and NKWSLETTER had the
personal experience of being issued one form when three were
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requested. The two additional forms were anrp~sed only after
formal protest to the Supervisor of Election, Mr Albert Abraham.
Under date of November 2nd, the opposition New Jewel Movement w?6te
the Supervisor of Elections complaining about the non-availability
of forms, and complaining further that "out-dated" forms were being
distributed at the Grenville Post Office. Mr Abraham's reaction
is not known but Radio Grenada has announced that the required
forms are available and that "any information to the contrary is
NUTMEG ORDINANCE AMeWnED
The House of Representatives and the Senate, meeting respectively
on October 27th and 28th, took through all its stages the Nutmeg
Industry (Amemdment) Act 1976.
This Act amends Section 85 of the Nutmeg Industry Ordinance and
refers to the power of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association
"to levy and collect ..... a toll on all nutmeg exported froa the
State and to charge the same against the owner of any nutmega
delivered to the Association ..... "
This toll is to enable the Association to neet "..... current
expenses, for the payment of interest, for the creation of a
sinking fund, for the repayment of monies loaned to the Association,
and for the creation of a reserve fund." A spokesman for the
Association said, however, that current expenses have not been
met from the toll but from an approved annual budget, and the toll
has been applied, principally, to sinking and reserve funds.
The same spokesman disclosed that the toll operates on a sliding
scale relative to the current price of nutmegs and mace, but he
declined to reveal details of the scale.
According to the original Ordinance, "the amount of the toll:
shall from time to time be determined by the Board but the sane
or altered amount thereof shall not be levied or collected until
the amount of the toll or such altered amount shall have been
approved by the Association at a General Meeting and by the
Governor General in Council."
According to the amendment now passed, the amount of the toll
must be approved by "the Minister charged with responaitility
for Agriculture" and no longer by "the Association at a General
Meeting and by the Governor General in Council."
since June 1975, the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association has
been run by a Government appointed Interim. Board which replaced
the elected Board dissolved by the Governor General, and by the
Nutmeg Industry (Suspension of Meetings) Act 1976 of last August, the
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statutory requirements for the holding of General Meetings and the
election of the Nutmeg Board have been suspended.
A High Court judgement relative to the validity of the order which
dissolved the elected Nutmeg Board on June 4th 1975 toi still awaited.
0 A S TO MEET IN GREADA
Addressing the Grenada House of Representatives on Wednesday October
27th, Prime Minister Gairy disclosed that the 7th Annual General
Assembly of the Organisation Of American States (0 A a) will be held
Mr Gairy said Grenada "was unanimously selected as the venue of this
meeting at the 6th Annual General Assembly which took place in
Santiago, Chile, in June of this year", and the Prime Minister
disclosed that Grenada was represented in Santiago by a five member
delegation led by him as Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign
According to Mr Gairy, the meeting in Grenada is expected to draw
approximately 2,500 representatives, and discussions have been held
with technical expert of 0 A 8 in connection with arrangements. The
meeting, he said, is likely to be held at the Islander Hotel "which
Governm nt-has made a commitment to purchase", and the 0 A 8
conference advisor and a building specialist will be in Grenada
within a few days for further discussions.
The 0 A S meeting in Grenada is scheduled to take place following
the 1977 Easter Water Parade, and Mr Gairy said renovations to the
Islander Hotel will commence shortly.
POUR ESTATES ACQUIRED.
The Government Gazette of october 29th announces the intention of
Government to acquire four estates totalling some 600 acres for the
purpose of "housing lots, garden lots and communal facilities."
Three of these estates, Calivigny, Hope Vale and Weeterhall,
twnlaU in3U38 acres, are on the island's south-east coast, and the
fourth estate, Bellevue, 163 acres, is in the parish of St.Andrew
on the east coast.
Mr D M B Cromwell, Managing Director of Grand Anse Estates Ltd,
the owners of Calivigny and Hope Vale estates, told NEWSLETTER
today (5th) that his Company had not been approached by Government
for negotiation relative to acquisition, and the first intimation
of Government's intention had been the publication appearing in the
Government Gazette. It is understood that the owners of the other
two estates have had the sane experience.
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GRENADA BREWERIES LTD SHOWS PROFIT
For the first time since 1970, the Grenada Breweries Ltd, manufacturers
of "Carib" beer, have shown a profit. According to a Statement of
Account now circulated to shareholders and to be considered at the Annual
General Meeting on November 18th, the net profit for the year ending
30th June 1976 isa EC$260,967.00
From this profit, it is proposed to pay shareholders a dividend of 12j
less income tax and, as stated in the Chairman's Review, it is felt
"that the shareholders have been without any returns on their investment
for many years and that they are entitled to the maximum dividend which
can reasonably be paid out of the year's profit."
Grenada Breweries Ltd was established in 1961 by Trinidad based
interests and was bought out and became wholly Grenadian in 1969.
The Company has an authorised share capital of EC#2 million divided
into shares of EC$1 each and, of this, 1,382,333 shares have been
issued and fully paid up.
Accrued losses to 1975 totalled EC$275,662.00 but, after the favourable
trading year just concluded, this figure will be reduced to ECZ174,376.00
after payment of income tax and dividend to shareholders.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (5th), Mr Fred Toppin,
Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grenada
Breweries Ltd, disclosed that sales of "Carib" beer had increased by
59.28% in 1976 over the figures for 1975. Actual figures are 41,188
cases in 1975 and 65,607 cases in 1976. ,"our infceased sales are a
direct result of improved quality", said Mr Toppin. "Since 1971, we
have had a steady programme of expansion and improvement and our aim
now must be to maintain the quality of our product and keep production
in line with demand."
Mr Toppin also disclosed that his Company's other product, "Giant" malt,
had produced a dramatic increase in sales. Figures for 1976 as
compared with 1975 are 13,470 cases and 4,777 cases representing an
increase of 181.87T.
Carib Brewerias Ltd enjoys protection in the local market in that
imports of foreign beer are limited to 20% of the total 1971 imports.
BANANA SHIPMENTS AND CRUISE LINER CALLS
NEWSLETTER apologises for the fact that the statistics relative to
Banana Shipments and Cruise Liner Calls are not given in this issue.
These figures will be reported in the issue for next week.
5th Nov r 1976