Election candidate promises to sue her opponent for defamation

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Dec 4, CMC – A candidate with the ruling New National Party (NNP) says she intends to file a lawsuit against a member of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) claiming that she had been slandered in a message posted on the social website, Facebook.

Delma Thomas, who is contesting the St. Andrew North West constituency in the general election scheduled for next year, told a public meeting that her opponent and NDC candidate, Phillip Alexander, had slandered here during a party meeting that was also carried live on Facebook.

“Brothers and Sisters, you cannot accept slander, you cannot accept propaganda as politics, it’s not politics, let us discuss the issue,” Thomas said, as she accepted the call by the NDC to contest the polls that political observers say will be held before the constitutional deadline.

She will be contesting thr St. Andrew North constituency for a third time having lost in the 2008 general elections but was successful in 2013 when the NNP won all 15 seats at stake in the election.

“I have my good name and children to protect,” she told the meeting, claiming that the NDC candidate had alleged that she had misappropriated funds that had been allocated to parliamentarians.

Meanwhile, a political activist with the ruling party has apologised to former prime minister Tillman Thomas over comments she made on Facebook.

Rosemarie Charles in a letter of apology to Thomas, which was also posted on her Facebook page, said

“I now frankly and fully admits that the aforesaid statement alleging that Mr Thomas was dishonest were offensive and defamatory of Mr Thomas and I had no factual basis for such a statement or allegation”.

Charles had in February accused Thomas of misappropriating funds.

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