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Two new Senators to receive instruments

Terry Noel – due to receive his instrument tomorrow morning

Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade will tomorrow issue instruments of appointments to two new Senators – Tessa St Cyr and Terry Noel – to sit in the Upper House of the Grenada Parliament.

The names of the two were submitted by newly appointed Opposition Leader, Tobias Clement to the Office of the Governor-General to represent him in the Senate.

The ceremony is planned for 10. 00 a.m. at the office of the Governor General in the south of the island.

Noel, a lecturer at the T.A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), is a late replacement for former Congress Senator Kerryne James who initially accepted an invitation to remain in the Senate but pulled out last week.

THE NEW TODAY understands that Noel, is the brother of a retired police officer, and has some training in Agriculture Science.

He lives in the Mirabeau area in the St. Andrew North-west constituency that is represented in Parliament by Social Development Minister, Delma Thomas of the ruling New National Party (NNP).

St Cyr lives in the Pearl’s area of St. Andrew north-east whose member of Parliament is Government Minister, Kate Lewis.

According to sources, Noel was once linked to both the NNP and main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the run-up to the 2018 general election.

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He is said to have been placed on standby by the Opposition Leader in case any of the nominees pulled out at the last minute.

The Opposition Leader is holding back on the appointment of his third Senator as he waits on a decision by a legal figure who is currently out of the island.

The withdrawal of Sen. James has soured the relationship between Clement and Congress.

The Opposition Leader has accused NDC of forcing the hand of the young female Senator from St. John to pull out of the arrangement with him and that the party has now lost an opportunity to make a contribution on national issues in the Parliament.

A spokesman for Congress said that the party’s position on the issue is that the Opposition Leader should have consulted them and not make any direct approaches to its members to serve in the Upper House.

NDC has failed to win any of the 15 seats to sit in the Lower House of Parliament in the last two general elections held in Grenada.

Both Noel and St. Cyr will be sworn in to sit in the Upper House of Parliament at the next sitting of the Senate which could be in June.