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New UWP candidate to use ‘grassroots movement’ to bring change to Salybia constituency – Dominica News Online

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Anette Thomas Sanford speaking during the press conference on September 11, 2019

The construction of a care facility for the elderly and physically challenged is one of the many plans outlined by new United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the Salybia Constituency, Anette Thomas-Sanford.

Thomas-Sanford was chosen to replace Dr. Worrel Sanford who withdrew as the UWP candidate in the upcoming  general election due, according to him, to compelling family matters.

She said at a press conference on Wednesday that she has chosen to align herself with the UWP, because this is the party with the best plan and the team of individuals best equipped to grow the wealth of the Kalinago people.

“One of my first missions, if elected, is to construct a care facility for the elderly and physically challenged which will also serve residents from the east, providing them with 24 hour care,” she stated.

She said further that her vision for the future of the constituency has been shaped by the realities on the ground such as, “declining economic opportunities, a deficit in organized activities, including sports for young people, inadequate healthcare, declining agriculture…”

According to Thomas-Sanford, in order to achieve these goals she presented the following blueprint for prosperity of the communities.

“A full revision of the Carib Act to reflect the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous (UNDRIP) and the Outcome Document of the World Conference on Indigenous People,” she indicated. “Creation of a Kalinago financial institution that will provide grants and development finance to the Kalinago people.”

She continued, “Propose a large contribution from the national budget of Dominica to the Kalinago people to address social needs and infrastructure, expansion of the primary healthcare system with the requisite resources to reach every house in the constituency, creation of youth centers in each of the communities to serve as places for recreation, and creative learning outside school.”

Thomas-Sanford added, “To enhance economic growth by supporting economic development initiatives that foster and promotes the constituency as a model community tourism destination with guest houses, sustainable fisheries and agricultural processing, revitalization of agriculture through climate smart and sustainable agricultural practices utilizing multi-crop production and post-harvest technology.”

Thomas-Sanford brings back to five, the tally of UWP female candidates after the death of Noreen Williams

Forming part of this framework is an enhanced commitment to support the creative energies in music, performing arts, cuisine and other cultural pursuits among others.

“From the framework that I have laid out you can see that this campaign can’t only be about me; it must be about us,” she stated. “It should be about what we, in the Salybia Constituency, can do together.”

She went on to say that this campaign must be about what can be possible after the twenty years of lopsided development.

Thomas-Sanford said her grassroots movement is about restoring a sense of unity, equal opportunity, a common purpose and a realization that the people of the Salybia constituency can change the old ways of doing things for the better.

“In this regard my team and I shall be visiting every home and we will meet with every resident of the Salybia Constituency,” she revealed.

Meantime, Thomas-Sanford said she strongly believes that the UWP’s idea to amend the Constitution to give the Kalinago Chief a seat in the parliament of Dominica is a step in the right direction.

“I support this wholeheartedly, because this initiative will give us another voice in parliament,” she noted. “The next Kalinago Chief will not be a guest of any one in the parliament of Dominica, she or he will speak on behalf of the Kalinago people as a member of parliament under a UWP government.”

Surrounded by a smiling UWP team





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Skerrit says general elections were free and fair; plans to set up commission on electoral reformThe leader of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), Roosevelt Skerrit, has said that the just-concluded general election which produced another win for his party, was free and fair, but he has also promised to set up a commission for electoral…

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Preliminary report of OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Dominica for December 6 general elections

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Preliminary report of OAS Electoral Observation Mission in Dominica for December 6 general electionsThe Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) present in the Commonwealth of Dominica for the General Elections of December 6 congratulates the people of Dominica on their peaceful and enthusiastic participation in yesterday’s electoral process.

Led by the former Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham, the Mission comprised 20 experts and observers from 14 countries, who deployed throughout the 21 constituencies of Dominica to observe the poll. The Mission conducted a substantive analysis of key aspects of the electoral process, including electoral organization and technology, the voters’ list, electoral justice, campaign financing and the political participation of women.

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