dno newsThe two main political parties on the island are hosting major events on Saturday evening as campaign for the upcoming general election heats up.

The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) will be officially launching its campaign at the Bayfront in Roseau while the United Workers Party (UWP) will be hosting a concert dubbed ““The Dominican Artists, Concert for Change.”

“Our first event for the campaign will be the official launch of the campaign on Saturday evening and at that time we will present our 21 candidates to the Dominican people,” DLP campaign manager, Vince Henderson told DNO. “The DLP is as ready as it gets ready and we have been ready, we have been preparing for this and it’s on.”

The event will also feature Beres Hammond and the Harmony House Band and Triple Kay.

It is expected to begin at 7:00 pm.

Henderson, who is Dominica’s ambassador to the United Nations, rebutted accusations by some, including the leader of the United Workers Party, that, as a public servant he continues to function as a DLP political operative while serving in that state-paid UN position.

His response is that his position as ambassador to the UN is a political one.

“On a political point I have taken my vacation leave which is contractually due to me by the state and I have taken the time off and I am here,” he told DNO. “I am expressing the right that every Dominican citizen has.”

Meanwhile, the UWP’s event will be held at the Harlem Plaza which the party says will feature “local talent with an international flavour.”

Seven-time calypso Monarch, Dice, will perform songs he selected and also slated to perform are Bouyon pioneers WCK, the Lucas band from the Valley, Q95 song contest winners, Leona, with her Baby Machine; the Wave with his, I must Speak; Daddy Miller; Anwar Cadette who will perform Free Joseph, The Bob, Mighty Acres, Soul Pouse, Nellie Elizee and special appearances from Ronald Charles, the UWP candidate for the Roseau Valley and UWP Political leader Lennox Linton.

According to the UWP the “staging of this concert by the Dominica Artists for Change, aims to highlight Dominican music, as well as it sends a strong message that musicians, singers, song writers, and other Dominican Artists want a change of government.”

The concert begins at 7:00 pm.

General election will be held in Dominica on December 8.