National Democratic Congress (Grenada)

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is a social democratic and liberal centre-left political party in Grenada. It was the governing party in Grenada from 2008 to 2013 and previously from 1990 to 1995. Franka Bernadine is the party leader.

National Democratic Congress
AbbreviationNDC
LeaderFranka Bernadine
ChairpersonVincent Roberts
Founded1987; 34 years ago (1987)
Youth wingNational Democratic Youth Movement
IdeologySocial liberalism
Political positionCentre-left[1]
International affiliationProgressive Alliance[2]
ColorsRed, gold and green
House of Representatives:
0 / 15
Senate:
0 / 13
Website
www.ndcgrenada.org

The party was founded in 1987 by George Brizan and Francis Alexis, as a party opposed to the New National Party government that came to power in the 1984 elections after the American invasion of Grenada. It won the 1990 elections,[3] with Nicholas Brathwaite becoming Prime Minister. It lost power to the NNP in the 1995 elections, which were held shortly after Brathwaite's resignation. The NDC was thereafter in opposition for 13 years. It failed to win any seats in the 1999 elections, but only narrowly lost the 2003 elections, in which it won 45.6% of the popular vote and seven of the 15 seats.

In the July 2008 general election, the NDC won 11 out of 15 seats, and party leader Tillman Thomas became Prime Minister. Despite a 40% vote share in the 2013 election, the party lost all its seats to the New National Party under Keith Mitchell, which obtained all 15 seats.

The NDC was affiliated to the former Central American liberal organisation FELICA. The party maintains close links with the other center-left political parties in the English-speaking Caribbean such as the Democratic Labour Party.

List of Leaders of the National Democratic CongressEdit

Leader Portrait Took Office Left Office
Nicholas Brathwaite 1989 4 September 1994
George Brizan 4 September 1994 October 2000
Tillman Thomas 2 February 2014
Nazim Burke 2 February 2014 1 July 2018

Electoral historyEdit

House of Representatives electionsEdit

Election Party leader Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
1990 Nicholas Brathwaite 13,637 34.5%
7 / 15
  7   1st Minority government
1995 George Brizan 13,372 30.6%
5 / 15
  2   2nd Opposition
1999 10,396 25.1%
0 / 15
  5   2nd Opposition
2003 Tillman Thomas 21,445 45.4%
7 / 15
  7   2nd Opposition
2008 29,007 51.2%
11 / 15
  4   1st Supermajority government
2013 22,377 40.6%
0 / 15
  11   2nd Extra-parliamentary
2018 Nazim Burke 23,243 40.5%
0 / 15
    2nd Extra-parliamentary

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Global Elections Round-Up: Last 12 Months". Fitch Solutions. 31 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Participants | l'Alliance progressiste". l’Alliance progressiste (in French). Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  3. ^ Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p311 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6

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