ST.GEORGE’S, GRENADA, FEBRUARY 8th 2013_The Office of the Prime Minister wishes to clarify its announcement regarding the declaration of February 11th or 12th, as Bank Holidays, in view of Carriacou Carnival 2013.
Due to the legal requirements of the Representation of the People’s Act, which stipulates the number of working days that must run between Nomination day and the day of General Elections, it would not be possible for government to formally declare 11th or 12th February as Bank Holidays.
We wish to assure the general public and the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, in particular, that this situation does not, in any way, reflect a lack of interest or concern for the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique and their cultural festivals.
On the contrary, this Government has repeatedly demonstrated by its conduct, its commitment to and support for the culture of the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
It is the Tillman Thomas administration, which took the steps to institute the Monday as a Bank Holiday in 2010 and 2011, and in 2012, Tuesday was added, following discussions with all the stakeholders. The government acknowledges that the festival is an important part of the islands cultural landscape.
This Administration’s commitment to the cultural development of our sister islands is unquestionable, as further evidenced by the steps taken to support the Carriacou Maroon Festival, Carriacou Regatta and other significant cultural festivals on the islands.
In the circumstances government will do all that is reasonable and possible to ensure that the Carriacou Carnival is not negatively affected and that the people can have the fullest opportunity to participate in and enjoy the Carnival festivities.
Accordingly on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th, all government offices and schools in Carriacou, shall remain closed.
Furthermore, government calls upon the members of the private sector in Carriacou and Petite Martinique, to offer their fullest cooperation and support, by accommodating their staff and personnel who wish to participate in the festival, as was done in the years prior to 2010.
The government therefore wishes the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique a safe, peaceful, enjoyable and successful 2013 Carnival Festival.
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
8th February 2013