The United Workers Party (UWP) has said that it will contest the upcoming general election without electoral reform.
With the recent announcement by Prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit that the election date will be December 6, 2019, it has become clear that the prime minister does not intend to implement the electoral reforms which the Opposition United Workers’ Party (UWP), the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) and other civic groups have been campaigning for. One of the slogans of the campaign was “no election without electoral reform.”
But UWP leader, Lennox Linton, speaking at a public meeting last week, indicated that the party had reconsidered that strategy and would now contest the election without electoral reform.
“While we were saying no elections without electoral reform in order to pressure Christian people who we thought had a good conscience to do the right thing for Dominica, he [Skerrit] was seeing for him, an opportunity to stay in government,” Linton told a large gathering at a public meeting on Independence Street. “Because if we say no elections without electoral reform and he doesn’t give us electoral reform, and we don’t contest the elections, then the dictator has his dictatorship on a platter and we are not going down that road with him.”
He pointed out that it is the only way that “we will make this the last election in Dominica that we will contest, or we will have without electoral reform.”
He said his party will continue to insist that reform is put in place, “but we are contesting the elections…and we are going to win the elections.”
Linton argued that Skerrit has a plan to stay in office regardless of whether Dominicans wants him there or not.
“But once Roosevelt Skerrit remains in charge, there may never be electoral reform,” he said. “For the simple reasons, we didn’t have it in 2009…we didn’t have it in 2014 and he is telling us now as far as he’s concerned, we are not going to have it in 2019.”
Linton said his party will do what’s necessary to ensure that regardless of what the DLp tries, the UWP will be victorious in this election.
“This means ladies and gentlemen that there is a lot of work for you do to do; there is a lot of work for us to do,” Linton stated. “The power in people is greater than the people in power and now the people in power want to tell us, those who have the power, what to do.”
He added, “We, the people who have the power, will ensure that they do not steal this election.”
The Board of Engineering solicits applications from individuals to be Registered Engineers in accordance with Sections 20, 24 and 25 of the Engineering Profession Act #22 of 2002, and from Organisations for application for a Certificate of Authorisation to engage in engineering work, in accordance with Section 32 of the said Act.
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Renowned sports personality, Phillip Alleyne, laid to rest
12 hours ago
February 23, 2020
Catholic Priest Monsignor Eustace Thomas who was the main celebrant at the funeral mass of former cricket umpire and football referee Phillip Gregory Alleyne has expressed “disappointment” at the turnout at Alleyne’s funeral which was held on Wednesday February 19, 2020 at the Fatima Church in Newtown.
“What about us my dear friends, what about our sense of service, whatever job we have, do we enjoy it and work to the best of our ability, there are a number of professionals who don’t like what they are doing,” the priest said.
According to him they just come to work for the money but the late Phillip Alleyne was a hard working individual who believed in a “fair days’ work for a fair days pay.”
He said, that during the time of Phillip Alleyne, people played sports (cricket) for “love of country, for patriotism, they hardly got money, but that is not the case today,” Monsignor Thomas stated.
The late Phillip Gregory Alleyne he said placed priority on “God and service to country.”
“He was a man of spirituality, he enjoyed life, and he was a proud man,” he stated.
Roger Davis of the Windward Islands Cricket Umpires Association who also represented the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association described the late Phillip Gregory Alleyne as “a quiet giant.”
“This is indeed a sad occasion, we have lost a quiet giant, Phillip was like an institution…the news of his passing was not only shocking but regrettable, and his memories will always live with us. We take comfort in the fact that the consummate ease and none confrontational manner in which he took on life assignments were worthy attributes which we can adopt,” Davis stated.
His body was laid to rest at the Roseau Roman Catholic Cemetery.
He was 92 years old at the time of his death. Alleyne is the founding member of the Dominica Cricket Umpires Association and Dominica Football Referees Association which he founded in 1968.
He also worked at the Roseau City Council holding several positions and finally ended his career in that institution as Town Clerk until his retirement in 1984 after serving the Council for 35 years.
Jude “Jaydee” Delauney, five years after he first entered the carnival calypso competition, has hit the jackpot. He delivered two sterling performances to outshine the nine other finalists at the finals held on Saturday night at the Windsor Park forecourt.