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DOMINICA | Linton wants Court to rule on electoral reform

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Featured DOMINICA | Linton wants Court to rule on electoral reform
ROSEAU, Dominica, November 24, 2019 -  Not satisfied with his meeting with President Charles Savarin, Opposition Leader and leader of the United Workers Party (UWP),  Lennox Linton, is considering asking the court to force the government to attend to the vexing matter of electoral reform.

Linton said his meeting on Friday with President Charles Savarin produced nothing on electoral reform, a critical issue for his party ahead of the December 6 General Election.

Speaking with reporters after his 2 hour meeting with Savarin, Linton said the UWP has been in consultation with its lawyers and court papers have already been filed, “and we fully expect matters to go before the court. We are in a situation that requires interventions, if not from the President who has the authority to act in certain matters, then certainly from the court,” he said.

“I have left the meeting and I have agreed in principle, as head of the United Workers Party, that we will meet with the President and members of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP)  and the understanding is that our focus is going to be on the obedience of the existing law and adherence to the constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica in so far as the matter of electoral reform is concerned,” Linton stated.

Linton said he took the opportunity, at the meeting, which was called by the President, to remind Mr Savarin of his days when he fought for Dominica’s right and justice. He said he urged and encouraged the President to advise all political parties to respect and obey the rule of law and adhere to the constitutional provisions as they relate to the important matter of electoral reform.

The UWP leader told Savarin that many Dominicans feel that they are abused, betrayed, and have become victims of grave injustice because of the   “disrespect and disobedience of the law” by the Government of Roosevelt Skerrit. He made it clear to the President that the only way to move ahead is to obey and respect the rule of law.

The Opposition Leader was accompanied to the meeting by former Prime Minister Edison James, UWP President Isaac Baptiste and candidate for the Laplaine Constituency, Francisca Joseph.

In the meantime, UWP President, Isaac Baptiste, has given notice that there will be more protest action if some form of electoral reform is not granted.

“We also impressed on the President that, based on our assessment of the situation on Dominica, if there is no electoral reform, there could be a lot of problems in this country. The protests will continue because the people are in an angry mood ”.

Prime Minister Skerrit’s Dominica Labour Party (DLP) seem to be on its way to winning another term as government in the December 6 general elections, as according to a CADRES poll, a larger percentage of those polled have committed to vote for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) than for the rival United Workers Party (UWP).

The poll, conducted during the month of October 2019 and presented by the company’s Director, Peter Wickham,  cautioned that the outcome of the upcoming general election could be determined by the significant number of uncertain voters borne out by the poll.

According to CADRES, 37% of respondents said that they were committed to voting for the DLP, while 30% expressed their commitment to vote for the UWP.

A total of 32% were uncommitted, and according to CADRES, “Uncertain” group is large enough to influence the outcome of the election either way.

In his analysis, Peter Wickham said “assumptions regarding the outcome of this election would naturally revolve around the voting behaviour of this “Uncertain” group which has admittedly conveyed some sense of their support by virtue of their Prime Ministerial preference.”

He said historically, this ‘uncertain’ group would tend to favour the incumbent.

“Electoral reform did not come up and suggests to me that it is not an issue which keeps people up at night. My sense from being in Dominica and I am aware of the recent issues, the machinations and the protest…and the fact that the opposition decided to contest the elections says that the issue of electoral reform can’t possibly be that pertinent to them otherwise they would not have contested the elections,” Wickham concluded.

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