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DOMINICA | “No election agenda” says Prime Minister Skerrit

ROSEAU, Dominica, May 8, CMC  – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has assured supporters of his Dominica Labour Party (DLP) that he is not propelled by an election calling agenda but is focused on rebuilding the country.

skerrit newsSkerrit who addressed supports at a national rally in Portsmouth on Sunday also dismissed claims that a snap election could be held.

During recent town hall meetings, it was suggested that the meetings are a part of the DLP’s campaign strategy for calling a snap election.

But Skerrit responded, saying that the purpose of the rally was to show the strength and solidarity of the party as some persons were taking the DLP’s “silence for weakness” and some “feared that because we were not reacting, that we were intimidated or even paralyzed”.

“I have called you here this evening so the country, the region and the world can see that the mass of people of Dominica are firmly behind and in support of the Dominican Labour Party administration,” he said.

“Comrades, friends, do not become overly excited. This is not the fore runner to the calling of any election. Our work in this term of office is far from complete. We have a lot of things to do and many miles to travel before we sleep”.

The Prime Minister also made reference to leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) – “If Lennox Linton and his cohorts want an election, they are free to call it. If they are feeling restless, then they can resign one by one and let us have some by-elections in Dominica,”he said.

Meanwhile Linton has reiterated the opposition’s call for electoral reform.

Linton, who was speaking via a Facebook live video on Sunday said that over the past few months, the Prime Minister has  series of town hall meetings, but nothing has been said about electoral reform.

“They are trying to have their own version of electoral reform, which means to legitimize bribery and to legitimize treating and to make legal all the illegalities that they have been using to cheat their way into election victories in the last three election cycles,” Linton said.

“We have said that without electoral reform, there will be no elections in Dominica. We will not have another election in Dominica without electoral reform,” he said.

  • Countries: Dominica