Alister Hughes 3.
P 0 Box 65
THE GRLEADA NEWSL=ITT
For the Week Ending 27th November 1946
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In an exclusive interview on Tuesday (23rd), Ur Maurice Bishop,
the Peoples' Alliance candidate for the constituency of St.George
South-East, told NEWSLETTER that, at a meeting he had had that day
with Mr Albert Abraham, the Supervisor of Elections, Mr Abraham had
admitted that the onaes of 28 people who had submitted their
Application Forma in time to be.included on the Voters List for the
constituency of St.George South-East, had been omitted from the List.
"What Mr Abraham told me", &aid Mr Bishop, "indicates clearly that
the Election Lists are very questionable, and raises serious
questions about the validity of the entire election exercise."
Mr Bishop said that, beyond this, he had referred Mr Abraham to a
complaint he (Mr Bishop) had made on November 6th that there were 359
irregularities on the Votera' List for St George South-EaSt. These
irregularities, Mr Bishop said, referred to the names of people toho
were dead, had left the constituency and who were listed more than
once, and he had pointed out to the Supervisor of Elections that only
40 of these irregularities had been corrected.
Mr Bishop said aleo that he had discussed with Mr Abraham the
statement Mr Abraham had made that Mr Bishop had not complained of
any irregularities in the List, and Mr Bishop said Mr Abraham was now
prepared to admit that a complaint had been made.
In an interview with the Supervisor of Elections, NEWSLETTER was
told that it was a fact that nnm4s eligible to be put on the Voters
List for the constituency of St George South-East had been omitted.
Mr Abraham could give no reason for this and he volunteered the
information that similar omissions had taken place in other
constituencies. Mr Abraham said he had taken legal advice on the
matter and it appeared that, because the Revised List of Voters has
already been proclaimed by the Governor General, the only course
open to these disenfranchised persons is to make an appeal to the
Judge of the Supreme Court.
Concerning his previous denial that Mr Bishop had made any complaints
of irregularities in the List of Voters for the constituency of
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.St.George Sonth-East, Mr Abraham said he had now established that
Mr Bishop did make a complaint to the Registration officer, but
that the Registration officer had not relayed that complaint to
IMTERIM NUTHMS BOP PUBLISHES STATEmHnT
During the year ending 30th June 1976, the Gross Income of the
Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Board was EC$14,770,613.00, and this
represents an increase of EC$6,600,525.00 over the Gross Income
for the previous year&
1heoe figures are disclosed in the Financial Statement and the
Report of the Interim Board of the Association distributed to
nutmeg producers with "bonus" payments this week, and, according
to the Report, this increase in Gross Income resulted "because
of the lower prices and the easing of the world economic crisis,
there was a sharp increase in demand in the market and much larger
quantities, including the carried over unsold portion of the previous
year's production, were exported, resulting in the highest revenue
ever earned by the Association in any one year."
This record gross income resulted from the sale of 6,528,719 Ibs of
nutmegs, 483,400 lbs of number 1 mace and 280,350 lbs of number 2
mace and pickings. The average price of nutmegs was E0$1.88 per
Ib, number 1 mace was EC03.57 per lb and number 2 mace and pickings,
BC$2.50 per lb.
At the time the Report was prepared, the Interim Board said prices
had improved, but a small production and consequent less produce
for export is expected during the current year.
Of sales made during the year under review, West Germany was the
biggest purchaser with 26% of nutmeg and 58.93% of mace.
Holland was next with 22.127 and 2.79Yo respectively and the United
States third with 11.44% and 2.33 In addition, 16 other
countries outside the Caribbean made purchases (including China
with 321,200 Ibs of nutmegs) and, in the Caribbean, countries
purchasing were Jamaica, Guyana, St.Vinoent, Trinidad and
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Figures published by the Interim Board show that the average market
prices for nutmeg and mace received during the year ending 3Oth June
1976 were the lowest since 1973 when they stood at EO 96.450 per lb
for nutmegs and EC#1.61.76 per lb for mace. 'In 1974, these figures
were respectively EC$1.90.48 and EC$3.98.25, and in 1975, EC02.64.74
and E045.26.41. The high export figures in 1976, however,
compensated for the lower prices received in that year and resulted in
the record Gross Income received.
On Tuesday of this week (23rd), Mr Eric Pierre, The People's Alliance
candidate nominated to contest the constituency of St.Georgea North-
West, announced that he had withdrawn from the elections.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER on the 24th, Mr Pierre said
that the motive behind his withdrawal is based on the fact that the
Peoples Alliance, the political grouping of the Grenada National Party,
New Jewel Movement and the United Peoples party had come into being
with the objective of assuring that, in the coming General Elections,
the ruling Grenada United Labour Party will be faced with one
Opposition candidate in each constituency and there will be no vote
"In the constituency for which I was nominated", said Mr Pierre, "an
independent has also been nominated and, should I persist with my
candidacy, the very objective for which the Alliance was formed will
Mr Pierre said that it had not been an easy decision to make but he
thought that, "for the overall good", his action had been correct.
The Returning Officer for the constituency of St.George North-West,
Mr Lyle St.paul, confirmed that he has received Mr Pierre's official
letter of withdrawal.
Mr Pierre's withdrawal as a candidate now leaves straight fights in
all of the State's 15 constituencies. The candidates of the
People's Alliance will face the Grenada United Labour Party in 14 of
those constituencies while the sole independent, Miss Blanche
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Sylvester, will compete against Mr George Hoasten of the GULP in the
constituency of St George North-West.
In the lead story of NEWSLETTER for the week ending November 20th,
it was reported that the sole independent candidate, Miss Blanche
Sylvester, "is the only woman who has been nominated."
This is incorrect. In making the report, NEWSLETTER overlooked
the fact that Kra Cynthia Gairy, wife of Prime Minister Galry, has
been nominated to contest the constituency of St.D Vids. NEWSLETTER
apologisea for this inaccuracy.
POLITICAL PARTIES HDOD OPPOSING RA"IE
On Sunday afternoon last (21st), both the Grenada United Labour
Party (GULP) and the People's Alliance (comprising the Grenada
National Party, New Jewel Movement and United People's Party),
hbel rallies in Grenada.
The rally of the People's Alliance was staged at the St.Georges
Market Square and was attended by some 6,000 people. Police
permission was given for the use of a public-address system and,
with the exception of Mr Sydney Ambrose, Alliance candidate for
the constituency of St.Andrews South-East, all candidates of the
Alliance were present and addressed the crowd.
Based on previous experience, NEWSLETTER is unable to cover any
GULP political meeting for fear of physical violence, and reports.
of the GULP rally held at the Grenville Market Square are conflicting.
Estimates of the size of the crowd vary from 3,000 to 15,000,
but it is safe to assume that the free transportation provided
by Government was utilised and the crowd was no smaller than the
It is reported that the GULP rally was an enthusiastic one, that
all the Party's candidates addressed the crowd and that, following
the meeting, there was a carnival-like celebration through the
streets of Grenville.
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ALLIANCE DELEG TION VISITS GOVERNOR GENERAL
A spokesman for the People's Alliance of the Grenada National Party,
New Jewel Movement and the United peoples party disclosed yesterday
(25th) that a delegation from the Alliance had paid an official call
on Governor General, Sir Leo deGale, on Wednesday 24th.
The spokesman said the delegation had comprised Mr Maurice Bishop,
Mr Herbert Blaize, Mr Bernard Coard and Mr Lloyd Noel, and the
discussions with Sir Leo had centered around "unfair election
practices which are now in force."
Among theie"unfair practices", the spokesman said, was the difficulty
being experienced by Allianoe candidates to get permission from the
Police for the use of public-address systems. Sir Leo was also
told of alleged discrepancies, in the List of Electors and of the use
being made of Radio Grenada as "a platform for Mr Gairy's political
No further details were given relative to the discussions with Sir
Leo, and the spokesman declined to say what the Governor General's
reaction had been to the complaint.
PEOPLE' S ALIJA.N.E WRITES PRIME MINISTER
In a letter dated November 22nd, the People's Alliance, the political
grouping of the Grenada National Party, New Jewel Movement and United
People's Party, has written Prime Minister Gairy complaining of a
programme on Radio Grenada called "Political Retort".
"This programme", says the letter, "which pretends to deal with the
present political situation, has carried, on each occasion, untruthful,
scurrilous and libellous remarks regarding The People's Alliance, and
constitutes a gross and illegal misuse of taxpayers' money and the
The letter observes that "the Manager of Radio Grenades, a Civil -
Servant, is being used as the vehicle to transmit this highly
offensive and illegal programme", and it calls upon Mr Gairy "as
Minister responsible for the operation of Radio Grenada, to
immediately cause this programme to cease being transmitted in its
present form." (continued)
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In its letter, the People'a Alliance demands "the right to radio time
to all&w us the opportunity to broadcast the views of the People's -
Alliance during the present election campaign" which, the letter says,
"is a right normally held by all political parties .in countries where
the party in power is concerned to ensure the holding of fair and
The letter looked forward to hearing from the Prime Minister "favourably
on or before 24th inst", but a check today (26th) by NEWSLETTER with
the Alliance headquarters disclosed that no reply has been received to
CUNARD COMPANY PgOTLWST
Unless passengers are free from being molested and harassed while in
Grenade the weekly calls of the cruise liner "Cunard Countess" will
This was disclosed by Minister for Tourism, Senator Paul Slinger, at
a meeting of Tourist Board Executives, Police Officers, taxi drivers,
vendors, representatives of the Hotel Industry and the private motor.
Senator Slinger said that, during the past two months, Prime Minister
Gairy had received two letters'from the Cunard Company complaining
of the harassment passengers undergo in Grenada and stating that
only direct action by Mr Gairy would prevent the Company from
cancelling ship calls at the island.
It is understood that the meeting discussed, and decided upon firm
measures to correct the undesirable situation.
On November 23rd, the S S -Gee-tland" sailed with 24,888 boxes of
bananas valued at BC$71,303.00 and weighing 750,551 lba. There
were 2153 boxes of rejected fruit.
(5 CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending November 20th, three cruise liners called
at Grenada. These were the "Cunard Countess" on Tuesday 16th
with 747 passengers, the "Amerikanis" on Wednesday 17th with 596
passengers and the "Sun Viking" on Saturday 20th with 742 passengers.
26th November 1976