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UWP election court challenge moving ahead; supporters urged to assist

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The United Workers Party (UWP) is well on its way to filing election petitions challenging the outcome of the December 6, 2019, general elections in Dominica.

UWP president, Issac Baptiste said they are progressing with preparations to have the petitions filed within the next 21 days provided for under the law.

The United Workers Party has maintained that there were voting irregularities during the elections which the Dominica Labour Paty (DLP) won by a margin of 15 seats (18-3) and have accused the DLP of stealing the elections.

In a recent radio interview, Baptiste called on UWP supporters to assist with the battle ahead.

He said his party will need financing to meet the cost of the challenge that they are going to take to the judiciary.

“You can make your contribution either through the UWP website, through your candidate at the various constituencies; in a party office you can also do that,” Baptiste said. “Soon we might have a radiothon to raise funds but, most importantly, we have our membership cards.”

He said persons can purchase a membership card or renew theirs for $EC5.

The UWP official said he is certain that if the 16,000 persons who voted for the UWP purchase their membership cards, this bring in some funds to compensate the attorneys who will be working on the matter.

Baptiste said further that the UWP believes that the institutions of the state – the President of Dominica and the Electoral Commission did not facilitate a free and fair election adding that it is an “established fact” that the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) under the leadership of Roosevelt Skerrit seemed to have perfected the art of “stealing elections”.

He contends that because of what they have witnessed in the 2019 general elections, their position on electoral reform must be reviewed.

Prime Minister Skerrit hs promised to initiate the process of electoral reform within the first 100 days of his new administration. He said recently that former CCJ president Sir Denis Byron has accepted his invitation to perform the role of a one-man commission in this process.

Skerrit has also urged the UWP to fully engage in the electoral reform process and implored them to put the “destructive rancour and revolt” behind them, pointing out that all the observers, “including your friends, have pronounced the elections of Dominica free and fair.”





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Dominican confirmed as Antiguan commissioner of Police

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Dominica’s Atlee Patrick Rodney has been confirmed as Police Commissioner of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

Rodney is originally from the northern village of Savanne Paille which is located near Calibishie.

The announcement came Wednesday 19th February, during a Senior Administrative Meeting at Police Headquarters.

Commissioner Rodney met with members of the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday, where he was served with his letter of appointment, effective November 25th 2019.

Rodney, who has 38 years’ service within the organization acted in the position for a little more than 22 months before his confirmation.

His opportunity arose after the dismissal of the Commissioner of Police Wendel Robinson.

Robinson, who was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines, was on suspension since April 15th, 2018, when the Police Service Commission in Antigua began an internal investigation into complaints of sexual misconduct by male colleagues under the commissioner’s care.

The investigation later led to charges being brought against him and Rodney has been acting in the Police commissioner role ever since.

The newly appointed commissioner used the opportunity to encourage the men and women under his command to remain committed and united in their efforts to make Antigua and Barbuda a safer nation.





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Dominican actress shines in the US

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Dominican actress shines in the USAnother daughter of the soil has made her country proud in a field that few Dominicans pursue. Disnie Sebastien, fondly known as Myan to family and friends in Dominica, is the daughter of Riviere Sebastien and Annette Austrie and resided…

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Deniscia Laurent wins Ms DSC Jamboree; Sheldon Piper is DSC top male model

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Deniscia Laurent, Law Enforcement Major has captured the title of Miss Mas Jamboree 2020 whilst NarZym Sheldon Piper an Entrepreneurship Major emerged winner of the Mr. DSC Modeling Competition.

The Miss Mas Jamboree Pageant was held on Tuesday February 18th 2020 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Forecourt.

The 2nd Runner Up went to Kayjah Charles and 1st Runner up went to Dainisha Eusebe.

Carsim Brimingham emerged 1st Runner up of the Mr. DSC Modeling Competition.

The Result of the Pageant is as follows:

Miss Photogenic – Dainisha Eusebe

Miss Amity – Aaliyah Alexander

People’s Choice – Kayjah Charles

Best in Runway – Dainisha Eusebe

Best Talent – Dainisha Eusebe

Best in Evening Wear – Dainisha Eusebe

Best Evening Wear – Deniscia Laurent

Best in Swimwear – Dainisha Eusebe

Best Thematic Wear – Kayjah Charles

Best Response to Question – Kayjah Charles

Meantime, Mr. DSC Modeling Competition was a new addition to the pageant where four young men participated.

Director of Students Activities at the DSC, Trudy Christian said that “the male aspect of the show was included to encourage more guys to come out to Mas Jamboree”.

Christian said that pageantry is mainly viewed as a female event.  However, they wanted participation from the entire student body.

“We wanted to really have participation from the whole student body, I think the male competition did exactly what we intended it to do it brought out a bigger crowd to Mas Jamboree 2020” she said.

Furthermore, Christian said that the pageant continues to make a significant contribution to Dominica’s carnival.





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