The country’s Prime Minister has accused the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) of bribery.
Roosevelt Skerrit said residents who participated in the Civil Disobedience action organized by the UWP on Monday-were paid to do so.
“The people who you saw in Roseau were payed to come into Roseau with their placards because don’t tell me you are on the door steps of national election…I have not seen a poster of the candidate running for UWP here, I haven’t seen a t-shirt of her but they have posters “Where the money gone”,” he said.
PM Skerrit made that accusation when he addressed a ceremony to commit letters for 64 new housing units in La Plaine.
He also insinuated that the UWP was recruiting Dominica’s children to engage in destruction.
“Everything that is done that is good for you, they are criticizing it. They are not coming here to offer you a better way of life; they are not going to tell you how they believe they can help you, to help your children to become better children tomorrow. They come here to recruit our children to engage in civil disobedience, in destruction,” he said.
Skerrit said the opposition may also be “envious” because of how well Dominica has done under the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Program.
The prime minister further called out previous governments as “wicked” because according to him, they failed to provide assistance to Dominica.
He stated that they did not assist persons in the aftermath of disasters as there were lack of programs to financially assist persons to rebuild homes as well as programs to help farmers and it is with this present government there have been dramatic improvements in Dominica.
The Dominica Labour Party has been in office for the past twenty years and under its tenure, Dominica suffered several disasters the deadliest being Tropical Storm Ericka and Hurricane Maria.
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Electoral Office Correction Notice: Nomination Day is November 19, 2019
1 hour ago
November 19, 2019
The Electoral Office informs the public that although the Writs issued by His Excellency the President stated that Nomination Day is 19 November 2019, the notice issued by the Chief Elections Officer and published in the Official Gazette in respect of the same contained a typographical error in that the date for Nomination Day was stated as “Wednesday” the 19th day of November 2019.
Please note that nomination day is on 19 November 2019 as stated in the Writs, which is a Tuesday.
The requisite publication of the Notice without the error is being done. We ask all prospective candidates to note that ALL nomination centres will open be open on Tuesday, 19 November 2019, between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm to receive nomination papers and Statutory Declarations, in accordance with Section 15 of the House of Assembly (Elections) Act.
UPDATE: Electoral Office takes responsibility for error with date for nomination day; insists nomination day is Nov 19President misses deadline to cancel Nomination Day
4 hours ago
November 18, 2019
It seemed as though President of Dominica Charles Savarin was going to miss a 3:00 pm deadline to respond to a request from the Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton and a group of concerned citizens to cancel nomination day. However, the Electoral Office appears to have come to the rescue.
The request to the president is contained in a letter sent by attorney Cara Shillingford on behalf of Linton and the group in which she cites eight grounds under which the president has to consider the request for the cancellation and threatens further legal action if the President fails to accede to the request.
The attorney in her letter reminds the President of his responsibility under section 55 of the constitution that gives him authority to set the election date for as late as February 5th, 2020.
The letter also cites the non-existent date of Wednesday, November 19th and speaks to the 10-day gazetting requirement before nomination day.
The letter also points to the promises made by the Electoral commission to cleanse the voters list, and shares information about a meeting between the returning officers and the Chairman of the Electoral Commission and Commissioner Alick Lawrence without the knowledge of or invitation of the two commissioners appointed by the Leader of the Opposition.
Issues such as the promise of voter ID cards and the recommendations of international organizations such as the OAS, CARICOM and the Commonwealth were also raised in the letter.
Shillingford told Dominica News Online (DNO) shortly after 4:00 pm today, that she still had not heard from the President.
However, just prior to publication of this update, DNO received a copy of a letter sent to the president of the United Workers Party in which the office takes responsibility for what it describes as a typographical error and maintains that nomination day is on “19 November 2019 as stated in the Writs.”