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Grenadians rush voter registration offices

Thursday, January 10, 2013 | 6:55 PM    

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ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that Parliament will be dissolved to make way for a General Election, hundreds rushed to voter registration offices island wide on Thursday morning.

“Yes, we are getting reports that the sub offices are extremely business today,” said Supervisor of Elections Judy Benoit as she confirmed that persons begun gathering at offices before the opening hours.

Before Wednesday night’s announcement Benoit had already decided to extend the opening hours of offices as a means of facilitate those who wished to register.

There were also reports of an increase in activities at the birth and death offices across the country as persons lined up to obtain official birth certificates.

The Deputy Registrar General for Births and Deaths Ann Marie Mason report that hundreds of persons are seeking to obtain the official birth certificates which are required to get registered as a voter.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister announced that he had asked Governor General Sir Caryle Glean to dissolve Parliament paving the way for a general election in Grenada within 90 days.

In a brief radio and television address, Thomas did not name the date for the general election that was constitutionally due by October this year, but widely expected before that month.

Prime Minister Thomas led his NDC to an 11-4 victory in the 2008 general election, but has since seen the strength of the party dwindle in the Parliament as government ministers have either been fired or tendered their resignation.

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