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Grenadian voters are summoned this Thursday to cast their vote in a general election, in which the current ruler Keith Mitchell and the lawyer Dickon Mitchell face off as the main candidates to lead the Government.

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The polls opened at 06:00 local time (10:00 UTC) and will close at 17:00 (21:00 UTC). A total of 87,794 people are registered to vote. On Monday, 914 officers of the Royal Granada Police had the opportunity to cast their vote before the population.

The General Supervisor of Elections, Elvis Morain, explained yesterday that once a person registers, their right to vote is guaranteed.

The current prime minister, Keith Mitchell, 75, of the ruling New National Party (NNP), is hoping to be re-elected for a sixth term as prime minister. He is also seeking a third consecutive electoral victory after having won all 15 constituencies in the 2013 and 2018 general elections.

Lawyer Dickon Mitchell, 44, the political leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), hopes to outdo the NNP and become Grenada’s next prime minister.

Forty-one candidates from five political parties are contesting the elections and there is one independent candidate. However, the NNP and the NDC are the main political parties in the race. Both the NNP and the NDC have fielded candidates for all 15 seats.

In 2018, the NNP won an outright victory, receiving 33,792 votes, while the NDC received 23,249.

A team of electoral observers from the Caribbean Community (Caricom) is in Grenada to monitor the country’s electoral process.

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