General Manager of DOMLEC Collin Cover is denying claims that the power company has been dragging its feet on applying for a new license to operate in Dominica, blaming ambigious rules instead.
Executive Director of the Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC), Lancelot McCaskey has, in the past accused DOMLEC of foot dragging on the issue and in a press conference of Monday confirmed that the power company has now begun negotiations for a new license but after “dancing around the issue” for some months.
However, speaking on state-owned DBS radio, Cover blamed the rules for applying for the license for the delay, saying they were unclear and there was “some kind of ambiguity” in the way they could be interpreted.
“The original rules were unclear,” he said. “It is not a matter of foot dragging. We saw the rules, we read them in a different light in the way the IRC read them. We expressed that and they went ahead and changed the rules.”
Cover said once the rules were “crystal clear” DOMLEC went ahead and began negotiations for the new license. “It is crystal clear and anybody can interpret the rules,” the DOMLEC boss told DBS. “There is no ambiguity and so we thank them (the IRC) for making the rules crystal clear.”
DOMLEC’s current license expires in December 2015.
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