ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Friday December 21, 2012 – A High Court has given the ruling New Democratic Congress (NDC) the green light to appoint a caretaker for the St. George’s South East constituency, even as it indicated that it would hear arguments at a later date regarding the expulsion of the parliamentary representative from the party.
Former foreign affairs minister Karl Hood had filed an injunction calling on the court to prevent the party, headed by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas from naming a caretaker as well as his expulsion from the party earlier this year.
“The substantive matter about the expulsion will be argued in the court when the dated is set but for now we can go ahead and name our caretaker for the same constituency,” said NDC general secretary Bernard Isaac.
Prime Minister Thomas has already defended the decision to expel five former government ministers, two former party chairmen and a leading trade unionist from the party at the end of September, accusing them of colluding with the opposition “in their vengeful bid to bring the government down and then thereafter to deliver votes to the opposition”.
Former tourism minister Peter David, who also served as the party’s general secretary for the past 10 years, and Hood, who filed a motion of no confidence in parliament against the Thomas administration, were among expelled.
Prominent trade unionist, Chester Humphrey, who is also the president of the Technical and Allied Workers Union (TAWU), was also given the boot.
The others expelled include former government ministers, Joseph Gilbert, Arley Gill and Glynis Roberts.