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The Grenada newsletter
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Week Ending 29/5/84 TJ~E GREADA NE.JSLETTER Page 5


AIRPORT C.PENS OCTOBER 28th

Grenada's International Airport at point saline at the island's southern
tip will be officially opened on October 28th.

This was disclosed today by Dr. Pat Emmanuel member of the Interim Govern-
ment responsible for Civil Aviation but, in addition to the scheduled ser-
vices now provided by LIAT and BWIA with Avro Aircraft (54-seaters) through
existing pearls Airport, he had no definite information on any new airlines
with bigger aircraft.

"As far as I can see, in terms of scheduled services", he said, "the air-
port is going to begin with LIAT and BWIA and is likely shortly afterwards
to take in wide-bodied aircraft from B'IA as well as Caribbean Airways, the
Barbados airline".

Both these airlines, he said, have applied for scheduled services between
Gr nada, Barbados, Eastern Europe and North America, and the Interim Govern-
ment is "on the verge" of permitting these services to operate.

Dr. Emmanuel, whose doctorate is in the field of Government, said the Civil
Aviation Department has been in touch with American, Canadian, British and
Venezuelan carriers. The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) had con-
cluded tentative arrangements with the Governments of Venezuela and France
for the operation of services into the International Airport, he said, and
the Interim Government has started to reactivate these discussions.

"Pan American World Airways is one of the American carriers that has been
approached", Dr. Emmanuel said, "and they have indicated that they are stud-
ying their current Caribbean.routes but have not yet shown &ny interest in
an immediate start". .

One of the reasons why it should not be expected that there will be sub-
stantial use of the airport.in the first year is that Grenada has very lim-
ited hotel capacity he said, and tour operators and airlines will not find
it convenient and economical to book regular scheduled services into Grenada
in a situation where there are insufficient hotel rooms to accommodate vis-
itors.

He expected, however, that charter services will be arranged for specific
times of the year, such as Christmas, when many Grenadians abroad will want
to return home for the season.

Dr. Emmanuel said that what is contemplated for October 28th is a ceremonial
taking over of control of the airport by the Government but that the airport
would not necessarily become operational on that day.

"LIAT should be flying into the International Airport by November 1st", he
said, "but there is no need for the airport to become operational on the day
of the ceremonial opening. Because we are not pressed by international
carriers wanting to come in on scheduled services,.there is no need to have
the two things on the same day". -continued-





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Technically, Dr. Emmanuel said, the airport will be ready on October 28th
with the runway, lighting, tower, navigational aids and such facilities
ready by international civil aviation standards, but the terminal building
will need several more months of work before it is finished and the facil-
ities for handling a .lot ,of .traffic will not be there on October 28th.

The Government of Grenada has concluded a memorandum of understanding with
the Canadian Government and a team of experts has been to Grenada along
with personnel from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The FAA has undertaken; all the technical work, along with the contractors,
to ensure that the airport is by international standards, prepared in all
its vital services, to be licensed and insured before its opening.

"I am quite satisfied with the progress made", he said, "and we are just
about to consider staffing and appointments".

It has been subsequently announced that the airport is to be called "Point
Saline International".





NNP C.I .DIDATES ANNOUNCED

Mr. Herbert Blaize, political Leader of the recently established New Nat-
ional Party (NNP) on September 15th announced the NNP slate of 15 candi-
dates to contest the General Elections to be held in Grenada on December
3rd.

In the'constituency of the capital city of St. George, the candidate is:
Mr. George McGuire, an educationist and former principal*of the Government-
owned Grenada Boys Secondary School.

The parish of St. George, surrounding the capital city and located in the
south-west section of Grenada, is divided into four constituencies.

Mr. George Brizan, forr.er political Leader of the now dissolved National
Democratic Party (NDP) will contest in the north-east seat while another
former Political Leader, Mr. Francis Alexis, will contest the south-east
seat. Mr. Alexis was head of the Grenada Democratic Movement (GDM) which
came together with NDP and the Grenada National party (GNP) of Mr. Herbert
Blaize to form NNP.

In the St. George's south seat, the NNP candidate is businessman Mr. Phin-
sley St. Louis and Mr. Keith Mitchell will contest the St. George's west
constituency. Mr. Mitchell recently retired as a lecturer in Mathematics
and Statistics at Howard University.

Miss Grace Duncan, one of the two women on the NNP team, and a small busi-
nesswoman, is the candidate for the west coast constituency of St. John's
which lies immediately north of St. George's. In the other v
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Week Ending 29/9/84 TIIH GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 7


constituency, lying north of St. John's, the constituency of St. Mark's,
a retired Government pharmacist, Mr. Felix Alexander, will carry the NNP
flag.

In the constituency of St. David's, which lies mid-way on the east coast,
Barrister Danny Williams will contest for NNP.

Also on the east coast and north of St. David's is the island's biggest
parish, St. Andrew's, and this area has been divided into four constituen-
cies, north westf north 4ast, south west and south east.

In the south west seat, Mr. Alleyne Walker, a small businessman, is the
candidate, Mr. pope McClean, an agriculturist is in the north east, Ms.
Pauline Andrew, a housewife and the other woman on the team, is in the
south east and Mr. Ben Jones, a barrister is in the south west. Mr. Jones
was formerly Deputy Political Leader in Mr. Blaize's Grenada National Party.

St. Patrick's parish in the extreme north of the island is divided into two
constituencies, west and east, Mr. Kenny Lalsingh being the candidate in
the west and Mr. Tillman Thomas in the east. Mr. Lalsingh is a small busi-
nessman and Mr. Thomas is a barrister.

Both these candidates were held as detainees by the peoples Revolutionary
Government, Mr. Thomas having fallen into disfavour with that Government
when he was part of the team which produced the independent "Grenadian
Voice" newspaper in 1981.

The fifteenth constituency is comprised of Grenada's sister islands of Car-
riacou and Petit Martinique which lie some 20 miles north of Grenada. NNP
Political Loader Herbert Blaize whose home is in Carriacou (and who is a
solicitor) will coptst., that seat.

Mr. Blaize said the first public presentation of the NNP candidates would
be made on 23rd September in the town of Grenville on the east coast.

Mr. Blaize said the structure of the party will be based on a "General
Council" and a "Convention", leaving the day-to-day operation in the hands
of an "Executive".

"The Steering Committee, which is the body which set up this party machin-
ery", he said, "has declared itself to be the authority to deal with all
these functions until such time as a General Council and Convention have
been elected".

A Manifesto Committee, an Organising Committee and a Campaign Committee
were being set up, the political Leader said, and it may be that, in anoth-
er month or two, it may be possible to hold a General Council meeting.

An analysis of the occupations of the NNP candidates shows they comprise
4 barristers, 4 business people, 2 educationists and one each solicitor,
agriculturist, economist and pharmacist. -continued-





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The formation of IINP resulted from a meeting of Messrs. Blaize', Erizan,
Alexis and Winston Whyte of the Christo Democratic Labour Party (CDLP)
last month.

According to Mr. Blaize, Mr. Whyte did not fulfill an "essential condition"
for his CDLP being a part of NNP, and he was dropped. Mr. Whyte denies he
gave"an undertaking to fulfill any condition.

Five days after the announcement of the candidates (on September 20th) Mr.
Blaize said in an interview his party had been the target 'of certain elements
in Grenada because of the threat-that party poses to those elements.

"From the time wNP was launched", he said, "there are some people in the
country who have been taking pot-shots at it because they see it as a threat
to their political ambitions".

Mr. Blaize was reacting to a Caribbean News Agency (CANA) story datelined St.
George's, dated September 17th, which reported that "well placed political
sources" said "fresh differences have surfaced" in NNP.

"According to the sources", the story said, "a wing within NNP plans to
press for at least three of the candidates to stand down because of a 'lack
of popularity' among.the electorate",

Mr. Blaize said a meeting of the NNP Executive was held on September 19th
and there was a feeling that the Executive ought to review the choice of
NNP candidates in two constituencies, St. John's and St. Andrew's north east.

The candidate for St. John's is Miss Grace Duncan, for st. Andrew's north
east is Mr. pope McLean, and the NNP Political Leader said independent mach-
inery would be set up to look at the choice for these two seats.

"A group that has come together from such vibrant elements", he said, "must
put together something which, naturally, results in occasional growing
pains, but the group is holding together and the NNP structure is strong".

On the following day, (September 21st), however, a source close to the New
National party (NNP) said the party had reviewed its slate of 15 candidates
and had found no need to make changes.

"Our original slate of candidates is unchanged", the source-said, "and they
will be presented, as planned, at a public meeting at Grenville on Sunday".

The presentation took place on September 23rd at a public meeting in Gr.?n-
ville, the island's second town, and was attended by a crowd of some 700
to 800 people.

Addressing the meeting, NNP Political Leader Herbert Blaize said that what
had annoy.cd Grenadians was the attitude of some people outside Grenada to-
wards the United States and Caribbean Peace Keeping Force (CPF)intervention
here last October. -continued-
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Week Ending 29/9/84 T1H GPRLTADA NEWSLETTER Page 9


"Outside people who don't know what is going on", he said, "were cursing
and wondering why the 'interference' with Grenada. 0 *Leave Grenada
alone,, they said 'let them work out their own salvation' ".

Grenadians were, at that time, "over an abyss", Mr. Blaize said, and bould
not find the "grips to put their feet and hands" and wanted a helping hand
to come out of the hole.

"God sent the Americans and our Caribbean friends" he said, "and we say,
'Thank God' ".

Mr. Blaize said the outside critics have not stopped but want to know now
why the Americans and CPF are still in the island. The Americans that are
still here are Military policemen, not combat troops, he said, and they
"have a greater job to do than saving us from bullets and guns".

"That is the job of security", he said, "a job of getting people to be con-
fident they can walk and live in peace, a job to make people sure that they
can stand on their own feet".

Grenada needs a helping hand in this job, he said, and Grenadians are thank-
ful for the people who are here to help. There are no combat troops in
the island and, of the 240 Americans here, only some 100 are Military Police
the others are support personnel.

"We don't have any problem about having to ask American soldiers to leave",
he said, "but the American personnel that are here to help us, we say stay
until we can help ourselves".

The NNP Political Leader said speculation had been rife as to whether there
should be General Elections this year, next year or even later, and he
thinks that speculation should be given sympathetic appraisal.

"Never in the past history of Grenada have we been through what we have
seen over the last several years", he said. "So, when we were rescued
from the abyss of totalarism and destruction, people were so battered that
they did not know where they stood and were not sure whether Sunday was Mon-
day or Friday".

people had to take time to settle down, he said, and between last October
and now, people have come to realise that nobody but themselves can take
their destiny into their hands. So, when the Governor General announced
the date, the responsibility had to be faced.

"The 3rd of December is the day on which you will have to decide whether
you go back to the conditions of 1974 to 1979" (The Gairy era) he said,"and
the conditions of 1979 to 1983 (The- Bishop era), or whether you decide to
begin the new. age with a new page, beginning December 3rd 1984".


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Mr. Blaize presented 14 of the 15 candidates one by one, each making a
short speech and some briefly setting out NNP's position'on spheres'such
as tourism' unemployment$, roads and local Government.

The only candidate not presented was Mr. Felix Alexander (St. Mark's) who
was out of the island.

Mr. Blaize announced at the Grenville meeting that the NNP candidates would
be presented on September 26th at the town of Sauteurs at the north tip of
the island. .

Mr. Herbert Blaize, Political Leader of the recently established New Nation-
al Party (NWP) said earlier in the month on September 12th in aA
interview that a Steering Committee had drawn up and approved a Constitution
for NNP,

'We worked on it today", he said, "and it is now being put together in good
order for publication".





MBPM TO CONTEST ELECTIONS

The General Elections in Grenada, fixed for December 3rd will not be "free
and fair" because the enumeration o: electors was done at a time when Gre-
nadians were "divorced from the political process" and several thousand
eligible people are not registered.

This opinion was expressed on September 25th at a press Conference by Mr.
Kendrick Radix, Ch.irman of the Steering Committee of the Maurice Bishop
patriotic Movement (MBPM).

The non registration of these electors, he said is due to the fact that
the taking of photographs by the enumerators for identity cards was resist-
ed, particularly by young people, because they felt "this information could
have been used for security purpos-es".

"Nonetheless", Mr. Radix said, "I.n keeping with our responsibility to con-
tinue to provide a conscious, political approach to the problems of Grena-
da, our party will be contesting the elections".

Mr. Radix was critical also of the New National party (NNP), recently est-
ablished when 5 political leaders met at Union Island in the Grenadines
and decided to m:nrge their parties.

"There's a new party now, 'called the New National arty, which is really
a shot-gun marriage that took place, in'all places, Union Island, under
the direct supervision and coersion of Mr. Tom Adams, prime Minister of
Barbados, Mr. James Mitchell, prime Minister of St. Vincent and Mr. John
Comptom ( Friimi Minister) of St. Lucia", he said. -continued-


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Week Ending 29/9/84 THE GRENADA NE LETTER Page 11


These three Prime Ministers, Mr. Radix said, are "standing gun at ready",
first of all, to force the conception of a party outside the boundaries of
the state of Grenada and, secondly, to disrespect Grenada by having "this
foreign creature conceived in their country and then being transplanted in-
to Grenada".

"This party contains elements who, over the years, have mt been engaged in
the active struggle of the Grenadian people",he said, "but have always been
subservient to the metropolitan interests and, during the years of the
struggle against the Gairy dictatorship, none of these elements served in
the liberation process nor, during the years of the peoples Revolution,
contributed an iota towards any of the programmes of the Grenada Revolu-
tion".

Referring to the Grenada Democratic Movement (GDM), one of the parties in
the merger which produced NNP, Mr. Radix said several of its members were
brought to Barbados by the U.S. shortly before the "invasion", and the U.S.
was seeking "to impose these elements upon the Grenadian people as the Gov-
ernment".

"It is an incontrovertible fact that the Governor General, Sir Paul Scoon,
chose his friends to put in the Interim Council rather than these people",
he said.

Mr. Radix said the scheme of the United States did not work out in this
instance.

The MBPM Steering Committee Chairman said Mr. George Brizan, Political Lead-
er of the National Democratic Party (NDP), another of the parties in the
;:NP merger, "was with our party in the very early days".

"In 1973, when Gairy was going around searching every one of our homes",he
said, "his home was searched once and then he went back to his father's
house and dropped out of political sight".

Mr. Radix said only the true fighters and patriots continued unrelentingly
to fight against Gairism alone, and "we paid the price in the martyrs that
have been strewn along the way".

None of the people in NNP were beaten by Gairy's secret police, he said,
none were jailed by those secret police or were imprisoned by the Americans
but people in MBPM have had these experiences.

This shows, he said, that the members of MBPM are willing to bear any price,
face any foe, welcome any friend to see that justice comes to Grenadians,
and that the country moves along the road to true peace, unity and national
development.



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CC.'.RD/?ISHOrP SLIT SURFACES

The Bernard Coard/Il'.uride Bishop split which resulted in the collapse of
the peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) has surfaced again.

In a statement issued in mrwd-september, Mr. Ian St. Bernard, former PRG Com-
missioner of police, member of the- J:ew Jewel Movement (NJM) Central Committee
and a Coard supporter, notified "allepeople locally.,: regionally and jinter-
nationally" that NJM "continues 'functioning legally as other political par-
ties here are allowed to.

Mr. St. Bernard, who was freed recently on bail relative to a charge of Con-
spiracy to Murder arising out of the events of last October, said NJM members
are finding it difficult to find jobs and the party "exists under conditions
of total repression, discrimination and victimisation." -

"NJM admits it made errorein the pat.3t ,n handling the internal party crisis",
Mr. St, Bernard said. I"We are prepared to face any criticism levelled at
us, while preparing ourselves and the people of Grenada to regain our nat-
ional independence which has been totally destroyed since the criminal in-
vasion and occupation of our dear country"

"Indies Times", the organ of the Maurice Bishop patriotic Movement (MBPM)
(Today's other side to the Coard/Bishop split), attacked Mr. St. Bernard
in an editorial of an issue published on September 22nd.

"For the past year, the Coardites (supporters of Bernard Coard) have been
claiming they were right -on the- actions of last October", the editorial says.
"Now, all of a sudden, they wish to pass off al;. their crimes with a state-
ment like, 'NJM admits-it made errors in the past in handling the internal
party crisis. Ile are now prepared to face any criticism levelled against
us ..* '

.'hat does that mean?, the editorial asks, how -oes this explain September
and October 1085?

The editorial lists five "major crimes" for which, it says, the "Coardite-
Revolutionary Military Council "(RMC) elements will have to answer.

These are (1) the killing of Maurice Bishop and others, (2) the "big lie"
they told the world that "Comrade Maurice and others were killed in cross-
fire ...", (3) "how come many of those who were directly involved in the
slaughter of the leaders and the masses were immediately promoted to become
members of the RMC and others emulated and given new positions in the army",
(4) "burning and mutilation of our heroes", and (5) "opening the doors wide
for the Yankee invasion".

Th.e editorial said the "RMC-Coardites", because of their "vulgar unforgiv-
able crimes" committed in the name of TJ'f, have no claims to NJM's trad--
iAons.
-continued-





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Mr. St. Bernard's statement condemns the "illegal and criminal invasion of
Grenada" and rejects the "reign of terror which has been unleashed on thou-
sands of Grenadian citizens by fo'i-,ign troops ..."

Nineteen members of the NJM and People's Revolutionary Army are under
charge of murder in connection with the events of October 19th 1983, and
Mr. St. Bernard's statement says there can be no free and fair trial of
these persons as long as Grenadq remains "occupied".

He says also there can be no free and fair elections here "as long as our
country remains occupied by U.S. and other Caribbean troops".

"Any attempt to hold elections under the guns of foreign troops in a sup-
posedly sovereign nation will be a farce", Mr. St. Bernard said.

The statement also calls for an im!.dixte end to all attempts to have Ches-
ter Humphrey extradited to the United States. Mr. Humphrey faces several
charges in the States, laid against him in 1979. These include smuggling
guns out of the U.S.A. to Grenada and running away from the States when he
was on bail.

"Comrade Chester Humphrey is now on a hunger strike, protesting this wicked
plan by the U.S.A. and its local puppets", Mr. St. Bernard said.

The St. Bernard statement said NJM is willing to-discuss and cooperate with
any individual or organisation which shares its views. We believe that
this is a period of national unity aad reconciliation, it days.





WHERE IS BISHOP'S BUDY?

The Maurice Bishop Foundation, founded by a remnant of the New Jewel Move-
ment (NJM) under former Minister of Agroindustries Kendrick Radix, has in-
formation to support the statement that the bodies of Maurice Bishop and
others were recovered from a pit at the Calivigny camp of the now disbanded
Peoples Revolutionary Army.

This was disclosed at a Press Conference on September 25th by Mr. Radix,and
he said that, in addition to Bishop's, the bodies of 5 other persons, mur-
dered on 19th October last, were recovered by "United States Military Forces'O
from the pit on 26th October 1983.

The 5 other persons are Unison w;hiteman, Jacqueline Creft, Norris Bain,
Fitzroy Bain and Vince Noel.

"The trustees of the Foundation have been ir touch with the Governor General
Sir Paul Scoon, over the last several months" he said, "and we have had some
reply to our communication to him as well as a communication to the United
States Embassy".
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page 14 THE GRENAD', NiW3LZTTER Week Ending 29/9/8


Sir Paul asked the trustees to give their information to the Commissioner
of police, Mr. Radix said, but the Governor General gave no information re-
lative to the bodies.

T.L- United States confirmed that bodies had been recovered from the pit at
Calivigny, he said, and the Embassy advised that, after an examination of
those bodies, they had been turned over to a funeral home,

The Foundation has information from an eyewitness that the bodies recover-
ed by the U.S. Military were those of Bishop and the others named above, Mr.
Radix said.

"In respect of Norris Bain and Fitzroy Bain", he said, "their bodies had
been reduced to skeletal remains only. In relation to the others I have
mentioned, there was sufficient remains left for their identities to be
clearly established".

Mr. Radix said none of the relatives of the dead persons had been asked to
assist in the identification of the remains but some of the items of jewel-
ry and clothing recovered from the pit were identified as belonging to the
deceased.

"We have a sworn affiidavit which will be made public in a few days by a per-
son who assisted in the recovery of those bodies", he said, "positively
identifying the remains".

Up to now, Mr. Radix, said, no information has been given to the relatives
of the deceased and "the national call is that these outstanding servants
of our people should be laid to rast honourabl- and in accordance with the
custom of our country".

On September 29th "Indies Times", the publication of the MBPM published an
affidavit, sworn before the Deputy RCeistrar of the Supreme Court, which
gives an account of what is alleged to have been the fate.of the bodies of
Bishop and others.

The name of the person giving the account was "withheld for security reasons',
but this person says that, on 26th October 19 3, he (or she) was in the com-
pany of United States Military Forces heada! by a Major who said his name
was John Wayne.

"I took the party to a site at Camp Fedon at Calivigny, St. George's, Gre-
nada, where I showed them the pit where I saw the bodies referred to in my
first affidavit being burnt", the statement says. "we then took out the
bodies from the pit".

The statement shys the bodies of Maurice Bishop, Unison Whiteman, Vincent
Noel and JaCquelirn Creft were recovered from the pit while the person mak-
ing the Etattemcnt was "in the company of the said United States MilitL.'y
Forces!'. -continued-





THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER


The bodies of these persons, the statement says, were not totally burnt
and they were recognized by their faces.

"We recovered two other bodies", the statement says, "but these were just
human bones"d

Maurice Bishop is alleged to have been assassinated at Fort George in St.
George's on October 19th 1983 and 19 persons (including former Deputy
Prime Minister Bernard Coard and his wife Phyllis) have been charged with
this murder.

According to the charge, 7 other persons died at the same time as Bishop.
These include 2 of the 4 persons whose bodies are said to have been found
in the pit at Calivigny Whiteman and Creft plus Norris Bain, Fitzroy
Bain, Keith Hayling, Evelyn Bullen and Cecil Maitland.

Vincent Noel is alleged to have been killed too at Fort George on October
19th, but under different circumstances from those of Bishop and the 7.
Nobody has been charged with Noel's murder.

"Indies Times", also in the issue of September 29th carries on its front
page a letter sent to the Chairman of the Interim Government,Mr. Nicholas
Brathwaite, by relatives of some of the persons who died on October 19th.

The letter is signed by Mrs. Alimenta Bishop, Maurice Bishop's mother,
Claudia, Whiteman's wife, Maria, Noel's wife, Annie Bain, wife of Norris
Bain, Gertrude Isaac, mother of Fitzroy Bain and A.J. Creft, mother of
Jacqueline Creft.

The letter requests "full information relating to the present location of
the remains recovered by United States Military Forces from a pit at Cali-
vigny on or.about 26th October last".

The letter says those signing "have been reliably informed from information
supplied by the United States Embassy in Grenada that (1) remains were re-
covered from a site at Calivigny, (2) after an investigation, a report was
made available to the Interim Government and (3) these remains were handed
over to Otway's Funeral Home.

"We may add", the letter said, "that personal effects said by the police to
have been recovered from the said pit were identified by some of us as be-
longing to our deceased relatives".

The letter asks Mr. Brathwaite to confirm the information said to have been
given by the United States Embassy, and says those signing have concluded
that the remains recovered from the pit are those of their slain relatives.

"We therefore seek your full cooperation so that we can recover our dead
and bury them" the letter says.


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page 16 THE GRENAD.a NE J3LLTTER 'ec-k Ending 29/9/84


A spokesman for Otway's Funeral Home told NEWSLETTER that, after the inter-
vention last October, several bodies were handed over to the establishment
for burial. It would be impossible, he said, for any to be identified be-
cause they were all in bags and, from the scent, were in an advanced state
of decomposition.





,DDI X: C'I. INTERVENING

Mr. Kendrick Radix, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Maurice Bishop
patriotic Movement (MPPM), denied on September 25th that the New Jewel Move-
ment (NJM) of the late Prime Minister Maurice Bishop ever recruited persons
into the peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) as "eye-wash'.

Mr. Radix at a press Conference, was responding to a quotation from a speech
said to have been made by Bishop at a General Meeting of NJM on 13th Septem-
ber, 1982.

In that sp,.-ch, the Prime Minister is quoted as reminding the Meeting that
"petty-bourgeoisie, the upper-petty bourgeoisie and the national bourgeoisie"
were brought in to serve on the PRG.

"And this was done deliberately", Bishop is quoted as saying, "so that Imper-
ialism won't get excited and would say, "'\ell, they have some nice fellas in
that thing, everything allright'. And as a result, wouldn't think about
sending in troops".

Mr. ,r.dix said he had not seen the speech which is said to be one of the doc-
uments found here after the Intervention last October, and which is now pub-
lished by the United States Department of State, He was not a member of
the party when the speech is alleged to have been"made, he said, and he has
no knowledge of people being brought into the PRG as camouflage.

"Up to the time I left the party", he said, "people were brought into the
Party and to the Government for one question (sic) and one question only,
their ability to work for and on behalf of the Grenadian people".

The MEPM Steering Committee Chairman said he could not vouch for the authen-
ticity of the speech document which was put out "by the United States Gov-
ernment which invaded Grvnada". No doubt, he said, the document was pro-
duced by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) "intervening,
critically at this time in the domestic affairs of Grenada".

"The publication of this document is designed to have an effect, an inter-
ference, in the internal affairs of Grenada for one purpose and one purpose
only", he said, "to sow confusion, and to discredit, and to sow a seed of
anti-communism, anti-socialism, anti-revolution and anti-democracy, and to
,3ee to it that its 'yes-men' are elected into office".
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Mri Radix declined to state the ideology of MBPM and admitted that his re-
action to the question is the same as Bishop's when4 at the first press Con-
ference after the Revolution of 1979i Bishop was asked to state the ideolo-
gy of NJM.,

Bishop said then that NJM was putting no "label" on itself. The party had
a programme, he said, and he invited the media to supply its own "label"
after it had studied the programme.

"It is for you to look at our manifesto", Mr. Radix said today, "to study
it, to analyse it and to characterise it".

Kr. Radix said MBPM will field candidates for all 15 seats in the General
Elections of December 3rd next, and their names will be published shortly.
To September 25th only one candidate had been announced, Mrs Einstein Louis-
on, and he will contest the St. John's constituency.

Mr. Louison 27, was a Major in the Peoples Revolutionary Army and, accord-
ing to Mrs Radix, was with Bishop on October.19th up to minutes before Bish-
op was executed. Mr. Radix said Mr. Louison escaped by jumping over the
wall of Fort George.

Mr. Louison was a farmer before the Revolution, Mr. Radix said, and is now
employed full time by MBPM.




MBPM CHARGES CIA SOWING CONFUSION

Mr. Kendrick Radix, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Maurice Bishop
Patriotic Movement (MBPM) charged, at a press Conference on September 25th
that the Voice of America (VOA) had falsely announced that MBPM is not con-
testing the General Elections fixed for 3rd December next.

Mr. Radix said the VOA statement is untrue and that MBPM will be putting up
15 candidates for the Elections.

"We see this propaganda as emanating from the Central Intelligence Agency
and the United States", he said, -in an effort to sow confusion among the
electorate in Grenada".

MBPM sees Radio Grenada as controlled by the.United States and censored by
the United States, Mr. Radix said. The true information of current events
in Grenada is not broadcast by Radio Grenada, he said, and MBPM has exper-
ienced a deliberate effort by the Interim Government and the United States
Administration to "impose further censorship by closing down our newspaper,
the 'Indies Times' a few months ago".

"The history of that event", he said, "is that the West Indian Publishing
Company, which is G6vernment owned, refused to take further work from our
newspaper on the grounds that they had instructions from the Chairman of the
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Advisory Council, Nicholas Brathwaite, not to accept any further work from
US

Asked on September 15th for a comment on this, Mr. Alphonso Stroude, Mana-
ger of the ..est Indian Publishing Company, said he had instructions from
the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance to accept work from two
newspapers only, 'the' "Crucial Times" and "The Grenadian Voice".

Both the permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Mr. Nicholas
Brathwaite, Chairman of the Interim Government, are out of the island, and
the acting Chairman, Mr. Alan Kirton, could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Radix said the refusal of "Indies Times" work by the Publishing Company
is highly discriminatory, unfair and, to some extent, illegal, but MBPM had
found a solution and was publishing again, but with restricted circulation.





POLIC- RC:RI:ITS GRADUATE

Thirty-five recruits of the Royal Grenida Police Force graduated on Septem-
ber 27th in Phase I of a three phase training programme being conducted part-1
ly at Camp Saline police Training site near to the soon-to-be completed in-
ternational airport at Point. Saline.

Addressing the invited guests (which .included Governor General Sir Paul
Scoon and United States Deputy Chief of Mission Roy Havercamp Cmcnmissi6ner
-f Police Mervin Holder said that, in an address earlier this year at the
Regional police Training Centre in Barbados, Mr.. Nicholas Brathwaite, Chair-
man of the Interim Government, had -ade clear the attitude of the Government
and the Governor General to the Grenada police Force.

According to Mr. Holder, Mr. Brathwaite said that, from the earliest days
after the events of last October, it was accepted that a strong internal
police force is a-vital prerequisite to stable democratic government.

"I can certainly vouch for the Government's sincerity of purpose", Mr. Hol-
der said, "for this.was the principal directive -iven to me by His Excell-
ancy the Governor General when I assumed command on:December 1st 1983."

It was a directive, he said, to restore the Royal Grenada Police Force to
health, strength and efficiency.

"The key to the problem was training", he said, "and I had already mapped
out a comprehensive programme of regular training for the police in consul-
tation with the Regionil Police Training Centre in Barbados and with the
British police .idva.ors".

re had felt, however, that something extra was needed to "stiffen the sinews
b.th physically and morally of the individual Grenadian police officer", some-
thing that gave motivation and pride in achievement which the Grenadian
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policeman "was so deadly lacking".

Mr. Holder said that, in January, he discussed this with the head of the
United states Security Consultation Team and with the Commander of the Car-
ibbean peacekeeping Force, and a.progressive three-phase training programme
was agreed upon for all serving officers and new recruits.

"Phase I, the first results of which we are seeing here today", he said,
"ia a four week period devoted primarily to physical training that would
toughen the student physically and morally".

Phase I, he said, is intended to instill pride and motivation into the stu-
dents. This phase will identify potential leaders and the most suitable
students will be earmarked for service in the proposed Spe6ial Services.Unit
when it was formed early tn 1985.

The original intention was that Phase I would be followed immediately by a
second phase of Police training at the police Training School at Fort George
Mr. Holder said, or at the Regional Police Training Centre in Barbados, and
that selected, officers would go on to the third and final phase and qualify
for the Special Services Unit only when the first two phases had been com-
pletea by ail.

"Life being what it is", the police Commissioner said, "things did not work
out in quite such an orderly fashion (and) there were unavoidable delays in
starting phase I.

These delays meant that the regular police training, Phase II had to go on
to the extent that the last of the "operational officers" and now complet-
ing their training, he said, and, more seriously, the December 3rd General
Elections will place demands on manpower which will affect the Phase I train*
ing programme.

"Approaching General Elections, like approaching hurricanes", he said,"have
a certain inevitability that tends to play havoc with the best laid plans".

Mr. Holder said the 35 young men who graduated on September 27th successful-
ly completed the regular police recruit training and the Phase I course,
and they had all come through it unscathed and the better for it.

"We look forward to welcoming them back into the ranks of the Regular Force"
he said, "for their presence is sorely needed".

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POINT SALINE AIRPORT

The construction of the International Airport at Point Saline, which will be
opened officially on October 28th, was launched by the Peoples Revolutionary
Government (PRG) on March 9th 1980 at 2. p.mv. On Sunday March 30th 1980,
a blasting charge was set off at the site to mark commencement of the heavy
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Grenadians first knew of the pruop:,:al to build this airport when, on Nov-
ember 18th 1979, the late Prime Minister Maurice Bishop announced that the
PRG had held discussions with several countries and organizations on the
question of aid for this project.

"'The best offer we have'had at this time that can help us to make a start
this year has come, once again", he said, "from the one country that has
rendered the most assistance to our revolution over the past 8 months, the
Revolutionary Government of Cuba".

A schedule to an agreement under which the Government of Iraq would lend
money to the PRG for the airport project gives details of the cost and fin-
ancing of the' project;

Of a total estimated cost of Us7t1 million, Cuba was the largest contributor
with U3333.6 million. The Grenada Government was responsible for' U'314.2
million, Iraq was lending USS5 million and the balance was to come in vary-
ing sums from other sources including the OPEC fund, the European Economic
Community, Venezuela, Algeria, Syria and Libya&

After the intervention last October, the Interim Government had great dif-
ficulty finding funds to complete the airport, according to Dr. Pat-Emmanuel,
member of the Interim Government responsible for Civil Aviation, .

"It was very difficult at the beginning to find money to complete the air-
port", he said, in an interview on September 28th. "Grenadi could never
find the money itself for this project and, for 'some time; it appeared as
if the United States was not interested and not willing to participate in
the activity and, because of what had happened in the country, it was very
difficult to identify funds from other sources".

Those countries which had objected to the American intervention in Grenada
would have been the'least willing to put money into the country for the air-
port project, Dr. Emmanual said.

Ultimately, he said, the United States reassessed the situation and decided
to put up the major amount of money. That "major amount" is US$19 million
with Canada contributing a further IS*6 million.

Dr. Emmanual said this money will not complete the airport but will make it
operational. Money has not yet been secured to finalise the project, he
said, but his department of Civil Aviation is not involved in the financing
of the project and he felt other members of the Interim Government would be
in a better position to give information.



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PrCELLU IN EDtUCATICO

The poor results achieved by Grcnadian students in the last school-leaving
examinations is part of a long-standing problem which had developed over
several years.

This opinion was expressed on September 28th at a Press Conference by Dr.
pat Emmanual, member of the Interim Government responsible for education
as he commented on the fact th,;t of over 1,000 students taking the examina-
tion, under 100 had been successful.

"There has been a general decline in the performance of students at all
levels of the examination system in Grenada", he said, "and not only the
school-leaving examination. I could not give you a professional response
because the kind of assessment of the teaching, the curricula and the moti-
vations of the students going into the school-leaving exam is something
that would call for a special kind of investigation and assessment".

Dr. Emmanual said if the morale of the teachers, which is tied to the pay
of the teachers, can be improved, the motivation of the teachers will im-
prove and this will result in, among qther things, a better quality of per-
formance in all the examinations taken in Grenada.

"It might well be that one of the things attached to this problem is that
the school-leaving exam in itself, unlike the Cambridge examinations", he
said, "does not amount to anything itself in the community. 'It does not
have any particular prestige or value in terms of employment possibilities".

Dr. Emmanual said he did not want to be unfair to the students or teachers,
but his personal assessment is that it might be a question of motivation in
that the school-leaving exam was not thought to be worth bothering about.





OMOUUMENT :.T MEDICAL SCHOOL

United States president Ronald R.agan may visit Grenada in October.

This was disclosed on September 19th in an interview by Mr. Arthur Massolo,
public Relations Director of the Grenada-based St. Georges University Zchool
of Medicine. Mr. Massolo was discussing the unveiling of a monument here
to commemorate 19 Americans who were killed during the U.S. Military Inter-
vention which started on 25th October last year.

"We have invited president Re--an to be present for the unveiling on Octo-
ber 25th", Mr. Massolo said. "We have heard that the White House has a
great deal of interest in this monument but we have not been told whether
or not the president will be here for the ceremony".

The public Relations Director said he thought Mr. Reagan's attendance at
the unveiling will depend on his schedule at that time which will be some
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10 days before the presidential Elections in the United States.

Mr. Massolo said the Association of Parents of'Students of the University
and the university had jointly commissioned a New Jersey sculptor, Ken Clark
to provide a monument and, after several of his designs had been studied, one
had been chosen.

That design, he said, is a six foot, three dimensional, golden bronze scroll
standing Un a hrave foot white circular platform not much above ground level.
The signatures of the 19 slain men will be on the scroll in a darker bronze
with their names printed in smaller letters below the signatures.

Mr. Massolo said the monument will be located at the Grand Anse campus of
the University and the plan is to design a small park'arcund it.

The cost of the monument is US$6,000, he said, and this figure is a "pro
bono" on the part of the sculptor.

"Itts something he wants to do", Mr. Massolo said, "it's something he liked
to do".

The public Relations Director said there would be little additional cost to
erecting the monument as. the UZited Statds Army will fly it to Grenada and
get it to the site for erection.

"The monument should be in Grenada late September or early October", he said,
and the sculptor, Ken Clark, will be in Grenada on October 14th to do the in-
stallation".

There has been no decision yet as to the form the unveiling ceremony will
take, Mr. Massolo said, as this will depend on whether or not President
Reagan accepts the invitation which was issued some 4 months ago. Mean-
while, the Battle Monuments Commission has given its approval and both Gov-
ernor General Sir Paul scoon and Chairman of the Interim Government, Nicho-
las Brathwaite are being invited.

"The next of kin of the fallen soldiers have been notified of the event by
the University", Mr. Massolo said, "and we do not know at this point whether
or not the Defence Department will undertake the rather difficult task of
bringing them in".

This task will entail flying them in and accommodating them, he said, and
part of the problem is finding places for them to stay in Grenada, as, at
that time, it is expected that many parents and friends of the students will
be in Grenadn for the occasion.





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GCNA LCSES MONEY

The Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA) lost nearly half a mil-
lion East Caribbean (EC) dollars on its operations during the halfyear end-
ing 31st December 1983.

This statutory body, through which all nutmegs (and the nutmeg by-product,
mace) must be exported, issued in mid-September a statement to nutmeg pro-
ducers which shows an operating loss for this period of EC$404,363. GCNA
received miscellaneous income, other than from the sales of nutmegs and
mace (interest etc,) and this reduced the overall trading deficit for the
6-month period to EC$334,966.

In its last good year, 1978, GCNA had & trading surplus of EC$4 million.
Since thet year, there has been a steady decline in the GCNA fortunes but,
in spite of the 1983 loss, this represents an improvement in performance
over the same period in 1982.

The operating loss in 1982 was ECS653,113. In 1982 it was ECS404,363 and
the final trading deficit was only EC$334,966 as compared with EC$627,773
in 1982.

The slight improvement reflects greater sales in 1983 as compared with 1982
but, because of unfavourable world market conditions, the improvement was
not as great as it might have been. The average price of nutmeg on the
world market fell in 1983 to SC31.51 per pound from the 1982 figure of
EC31.55 per pound. For comparison, the average price per pound in 1978
was EC$2.35.

Trading in mace also contributed to the improvement in 1983. Sales of
mace in the latter half of 1983 were less than in the same period in 1982
but, contrary to the experience with nutmegs, world market prices for first
quality mace have increased steadily since 1978 and increased prices in
1983 compensated for the fall off in export weights.

Sales of first quality mace in 1982 were 95,285 pounds and this realized
ECs455,550. In 1983, sales fell by nearly 10% to 86,290a but the average
price went up from ECS4.78 to EC86,34 per pound. The result was that this
crop had a 20% increase in earnings to ECS547,349.

The average price of second quality mace and pickingg" also enjoyed an
increase in 1983 but there was a reduction of almost 50% in market demand.
This dropped the 1983 earnings to EC$395,943, a fall of 14% from the 1982
figure.

Figures published by GCNA reveal a curious development with reference to
the weight of mace and-the weight of nutmets harvested. Mace is the lacy
red spice which is found on the outside of the shell of the nutmeg and,
theoretically, the ratio of the weight of mace to the weight of Uutmegs
harvested should remain very nearly constant.
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However, over the last 9 years, tho ratio of mace weight to nutmeg weight
harvested has declined steadily. In 1975, for every 100 pounds of nutmegs
delivered by farmers to GCN.,, nearly 15 poun-.. of mace was delivered. By
1978, the figure had dropped to 12Y pounds, in 1981 it was just over 10
pounds and it was under 7 pounds in 1C3'3.

In an interview early this month, Mr. Joseph Campbell, Grenada-born agri-
cultural expert attached to the 0rg:ani:ticn of American States (OAS) of-
fice in Grenada, pointed out this trend and said'it indicates a negative de-
velopment in the industry.

This development, he said, results from a lack of interest by farmers in the
industry and he thought this is caused by the poor prices now being received
for nutmegs.

Mr. Campbell pointed but that this crop is harvested by picking up the nut-
megs in their shell when they fall to the ground and, if they are not har-
vested regularly, the mace on the outside of the shell rots quickly and is
lost. The nuts are not being harvested frequently enough he said, and
this is resulting in a loss of mace production.

Other sources connected with the industry express the view that.the lack of
interest in the inCustry originated in the policies of the Gairy Government
luring the 1970s. The danger of acquisition of estates by Government,they
say, killed inclination to invest in agriculture and farmers hired labour
for harvesting nuthets on fewer days per week.





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printed & published by the Proprietors
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NEWSLETTER
FOUN"EO 17TH AUGUST 1973
For The Week Ending 29th September 1984
11th Year of publication - - - 307th Issue
Volume 12 Number 1?





ELECTIIC3 CN DECEMBER 3rd
In a 15 minute national broadcast on September 20th, Governor Gen-
eral Sir Paul Scoon announced that Grenadians will go to the polls
on Monday December 3rd.

"Preparations are proceeding satisfactorily for those elections
through the Ballot Box", he said, "the Ballot Boxes are ready, iden-
tification cords are now being distributed and, in the next few
weeks, I shall be issuing the necessary Election Writs to Return-
ing Officers".

Sir Paul said there are some who would like to instill fear and
doubt in the minds of Grenadians in an effort to promote the belief
that the island is not ready for elections.

"When will we be ready?" he asked. "Are we any different from our
friends in the rest of the Commonwealth Caribbean who go to the polls
at regular intervals to elect their Government?"

Sir Paul said the island's first decade of independence (since 1974)
"with all its difficulties and anxieties" had taught Greadians many
lessons and he thought these lessons will prevent the making of the
same mistakes again. It is in the hands of Grenadians, he said, to
make the second decade a period of peace and prosperity.

"This election is about the future welfare of the country", he said.
"It is about the future of your children. It must bring to the sur-
face the great love, deep down in our hearts, that we Grenadians
have for our country".



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sir Paul asked Grenadians not to allow anyone to frighten them by words or
deeds. He gave the reminder that the ballot is secret and he urged all re-
gistered voters to exercise their* fj anchise.

The Governor General said he has great faith ih the democratic way of life
and he believes in the freedom of the individual in the fields of expissl
ion, ownership, choice and movement.

"There will be those among us who will abuse our new-won freedom", he said.
"There are those who, in their anxiety to satisfy their needs will continue
to threaten, to intimidate and to make-unwarranted attacks on people in pub-
lic life".

Sir Paul appealed to all candidates in the elections, and their supporters,
to concentrate on issues rather than on personalities, and he said the can-
didates have a great responsibility to play their part to ensure that the
elections are free, fair and peaceful.

"I intend to invite the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the Organiza-
tion of American States to observe the elections", he said.

The Governor General said his decision to hold elections on December 3rd was
taken after consultation, with Nicholas Brathwaite, Chairman of the Interim
Government.

Sir Paul said he is grateful to "the various counters and regional and in-
ternational organizations" who are providing Grenada with aid, and to "our'
Caribbean and American friends and their Governments" who continue to help
to maintain law and order until the Grenada police Force can undertake this.

The Interim Government was faced with a "crim situation" when it took office,
he said, and it is to that Government's credit that, in so short a time, it
has been able to restore normalcy in so many spheres of national life.





FIRST ELECTICT'1S IN 8 YEARS

When Grenadians go to the polls on December 3rd, it will be their first elec-
tions since December 7th 1976 when the then ruling Grenada United Labour Par-
ty of Sir Eric Gairy won 9 of the 15 seats, the other six going to the "Al-
liance", a grouping of three political parties which had got together to
fight the elections.

Those 3 parties were the New Jewel Movement (NJM) headed by the late Maurice
Bishop, the Grenada National Party of Herbert Blaize and the United Peoples
Party (UPP) of Winston Whyte.

A great deal of discussion, wrangling and name-calling took place before
"the Alliance"was formed, -but it captured 48-percent of the popular vote un-
der a common manifesto, NJM candidates taking 3 seats, GNP 2 and Ue .u
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After the elections, Bishop was made leader of the Opposition in Parlia-
ment and, at that time, he said he saw no problem in working with the
Right Wing (UPP) and Middle of the Road (GNP) elements in"the Alliance".

"First of all", he said, "there is a very strong objective basis for the
Alliance. The fact of the matter is that Grenada is in a state of neo-
Fascism, extreme repression.and a growing dictatorship".

These undesirable features of the then political scene were attributed by
Bishop to the Government of Sir Eric Gairy who had been in power since
1967 and who, according to a Commission of Inquiry appointeA in 1973 to
investigate the breakdown of law and order in Grenada, was responsible for
employing criminals to intimidate his opponents and critics.

These criminals, (called by Sir Eric the "police Aids" and by the Grenad-
ian population, the "Mongoose Gang"), according to the Commissioners,
"inflicted unspeakable atrocities" on Grenadians.

"They (the 'Mongoose Gang') were an unlawfully constituted body of men,
albeit paid from public funds", the Commissioners said, "whose qualifica-
tions for service, in many cases, particularly among the leaders, was their
known disposition for violence and. lawlessness".

In spite of Bishop's "Strong objective basis'1 for the continuance of "the
Alliance", cracks in the grouping became obvious bf'late 1978-and seemed:
to have been developing from soon after the elections. GNP and UPP ac-.
cused NJM of being "Communist". NJM denied the charge and said the other
two parties were "jealous of.NJM's popularity",

This was the uneasy association when, on 13th March 1979, NJM staged a re-
volution and seized the Government by force of arms. Because of the back-
ground of the Gairy Government's oppressive and violent tactics, the Revo-
lution had overwhelming support and the new regime promised that "absolute-
ly free and fair elections will be held speedily".

This promise did not materialise and, in a few months after NJM took power,
it became clear there was no intention of permitting Grenadians to go to
the polls. Asked directly, Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard said elect-
ions were not high on the Peoples Revolutionary Government's (PRG) list.

"The question of holding free and fair elections is a matter of principle
as far as-we are concerned", he .aaid, "but it is not the first order of
priority".

Shortly after, prime Minister Maurice Bishop said the PRG's opinion was
that the holding of early elections was not the view of the majority of Gre-
nadians.

" hat they want to seet, he said, "is certain material benefits being
brought to them as a result of having risked their lives on March 13th"
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An "Electoral Commission" appointed by the PRG in the early days of the Re-
volution was never implemented. Until its collapse in October last year,
the PRG made m move towards having an elected Government and no more was
heard of the promise of free and fair elections.




ELECTORAL LIST COMPLETED

Grenada's final list of electors was completed early in September and was
expected tb be .posted up..t.rQu&hQut the state at an early date.

This was disclosed on September 13th by Supervisor of.Elections Roy Chasteau,
in. an interview, and,.he said one of his assistants was expected back on Sept-
ember 14th with the list from the computer station in Barbados.

"After claims and objections had been-filed oh the preliminary list", he said,
"we had a few matters for corrections there were people to be added, some odds
and ends.to be straightened out, the final list is now being printed in Bar-
bados and I expect it will be posted throughout the State by early next week".

The Supervisor said some minor changes in the final list Will till be poss-
ible until the end of September and his office would accommodate request for
change~ from-' p'rens w*ho, sdic~ their enumeration, have had changes of ad-
dl'*as* . , .

Mr. Chasteau said that, before the 'elections can be held, Governor General
Sir Paul Scoon will have to' issue Election Writs for each of the 15 consti-
tuencies which constitute the State of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique.

Following the issue of those writs, he said, nomination day will be in 10
clear days from the date of issue. After tiatt, the elections must be held
in not less than '5 and" n' more than 21 days after nomination day.

There are 133 polling divisions in the state Mr. Chasteau said, and the final
list will carry names of about 48 thliisand electors. This makes an average
of some 360 electors per division, he said, but, actually, some divisions
have as many as 600 electors.

"Given the time that the polls will be open", Mr. Chasteau said, "600 elect-
ors in one polling station is far too many and I am now making arrangements
that there will be more than one polling station in some polling divisions
so that not more than 200 electors will vote at any one polling station".

The Supervisor said all details for the carrying out of the'elections are
Lbing attended tc and he had no doubt that he will be ready to put the mach-
inery into motion when the Governor General issues the election writs.

Mr. Chasteau said he was unable to say when the Governor General will issue
those writs.
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