Dominica’s parliamentary opposition is signaling its intention to take action against the Dominica Labour Party government of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, over the issue of electoral reform.
While not specifying just what it will do, the United Workers Party (UWP) says the government should pay for its failure to properly deal with the reform question.
“The time has come for us to take action and not too long from now we will be beginning this action. Talking alone is not enough,” UWP leader Edison James told reporters.
He explained that following discussions his party held with the electoral commission over a year ago, the commission had requested of the minister of finance, $5.2 million dollars to put in place ID cards for voting.
“We are also hearing that a further submission was made this year”.
James said the UWP hopes that its proposed “action” ends with the authorities’ “coming to their senses and a decision to facilitate a simple request of the Opposition”.
According to the UWP leader, Dominica cannot continue to have a group of people undermine the democratic process “to maintain themselves in power, confident that their control of the electoral process will keep them in power, so that they can continue to disrespect Dominicans by doing the things they do”.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that he favors having a national ID card for multipurpose use including as appropriate identification during elections, instead of a Voter ID card that would be used only for elections.
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