Skerrit claims to have provided $6M for electoral reform; blames opposition for lack of progress

Skerrit speaks to Dominicans in Barbados

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is claiming that his government has made available over $6 million to the Electoral Commission to acquire the technology to allow for Electoral Reform in Dominica.

He made the announcement during a cabinet town hall meeting held in Barbados on Thursday last week. The Prime Minister has been under pressure from the Opposition United Workers Party and other groups to issue voter ID cards before the upcoming elections which could be held in less than three months.

But Skerrit told those who attended the meeting that his government is fully in support of the measures required to have Electoral Reform.

“In 2016, after we were devastated by Tropical Storm Erika where I had to relocate two communities because of the disaster, I still went ahead and gave the electoral commission over 6 million dollars to acquire the technology to allow it to be in a position to issue the National ID Cards,” he said.

According to the prime minister, “We provided the Electoral Commission with all the staff it requested and all of the other supporting resources that it requested from the government.”

The Prime Minister claimed that when the Electoral Commission requested funds to begin the process, “I said to them that their request was too low because I needed to ensure that they had all of the resources to effectively implement the issuance of the National ID Cards for the purposes of voting.”

According to Skerrit, at the time, the Commission had a Chief Elections Officer who came from the audit department, “so he looked at things purely from an auditing, accounting standpoint and I provided the Commission with more resources than they had requested of the executive of the government.”

He stated that as far as the executive, which is the cabinet, is concerned, “we had done all what we needed to do.”

He added that as it stands now, the Electoral Commission does not have the legislative authority to issue National ID Cards, “and so we sought to go to Parliament on two separate occasions.”

If anyone is holding back electoral reform, Skerrit said it is the Opposition.

“The first time we went to Parliament there was a mob outside of the Parliament.

“I decided to withdraw the bill on the order paper and to allow for there to be further consultation with stakeholders across the country,” he stated, adding, “we wrote to the opposition in Dominica, for example, and we said to them these are the amendments, tell us which of these clauses you do not agree with and which you agree with so that we can have a discussion, a sensible discussion on the matter and according to him, the opposition are yet to submit to the government what they agree or disagree with.

“The only people who have been the stumbling block in the issuance of National ID Cards in Dominica for the purposes of voting is the opposition,” he argued.

Section of the audience at the meeting with the prime minister

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69 Comments

  1. Listening
    November 6, 2019

    It was interesting to hear Skerritt acknowledge and admit tthere is a need for change and transparency. Really sheds a bright light on what happened or did not happen over the last 20 yearsm. What a disclosure!!! Who is Skerritt trying to fool by blaming opposition for failure to bring about electoral reform. Try again Sk e rritt.

  2. "maho pima
    November 6, 2019

    If a man ask you for a fish, would you give him a snake? Well we ask for voter ID CARD and not national ID CARD. just a simple card, dont give yourself too much trouble mr. Skerrit, oh! and by the way don’t forget the 1.2 BILLION dollars we want it too. OK! It maybe more.

  3. Ibo France
    November 5, 2019

    I ask this question one more time. Why is it that only Skeriit and his followers are the only group of people so adamantly against fair, sensible reforms to enhance and improve our democracy. Why? Somebody tell me why? You have to willfully suspend your common sense to roil against the electoral reforms recommended by the three reputable, neutral organizations, namely, the Commonwealth, CARICOM and the OAS. Also, the local business sector, the Christian Council, the Evangelical Association, the Labour Unions and most of civil society. Old habits are hard to shed and Skerrit is holding on corruption for dear life.

  4. Chebe chuckie
    November 5, 2019

    Mr. Skerrit. You told us in 2017 that you established an “Airport Development Fund” in May of 2017. It would be capitalized with 10 million US dollars from CBI and 5 million US dollars would be added to it every month thereafter. It is now 29 months later, so there should be at least 155 million US dollars in that fund. Yet, in your Independence Day address you said China was going to build the airport, so what about the “Airport Development Fund”? Were you lying in 2017 about that fund? 8-O If so, why should I believe you now about this $6 million for electoral reform?

    • "maho pima
      November 6, 2019

      Chebe if you were close to me i would shake your big toe, you hit the nail straight on. Why should we believe you now about the $6 million?. if you go on keep it real you will see how many times and dates he promised an airport, by then we should have several airports. he is not talking about cruise ship port and cruise village any more, now is airport and housing.

  5. FOR LOVE OF COUNTRY
    November 5, 2019

    What a “NUTTER”…. bloody nutter of a PM this Skerrit! The man holds delusional and idiosyncratic beliefs and impressions, which contradicts reality or rational argument.

    He’s obsessed with his garbage talks.

  6. Dr Clayton Shillingford
    November 5, 2019

    Has the Opposition lodged a formal response to the charge here??….”Skerrit claims to have provided $6M for electoral reform; blames opposition for lack of progress”

  7. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    November 5, 2019

    Why is yours truly the illustrious PM and self appointed “minister of finance” always giving speeches overseas?

  8. Action time
    November 5, 2019

    There will be NO ELECTION, if we do not get electoral reform first. The protests have started. You are seeing for yourself this is not a joke.

    • dee
      November 5, 2019

      Right Skerrit
      you will be in the clear ; if you did make the monies available ($6 million), and you, as Finance Minister, check in the account for the money , finds that it is gone , you should enact
      immediate plans to recover those monies, and legal action to have those in the Commission responsible , face jail terms .
      I sure though you may well join them up in Stock Farm .
      now, that wouldn’t be strange as one of your friends now face 20 years incarceration.

  9. Tell us
    November 5, 2019

    Gerald Burton answer that one. Is it true the the commission asked for money to do the verification program and the prime minister did not respond?

  10. November 4, 2019

    Mr. Gerald Burton where is the money ( $ 6. million ) PM said he gave you the funds so we need answers , we need accountability and transparency Dominicans keep the pressure on.. Dominica now has 7 airport still in the shy I wonder when will they be landing we are in bad shape, when I saw those people sitting there listening time and time again about the airport it’s sad, we can all do better than that.

  11. Braindamage
    November 4, 2019

    A great liar is an abusive thief.. :arrow:

    • Joseph John
      November 5, 2019

      I agree. You cannot lie your way to Heads of Government Conference. That is the biggest lie of all. Then you cannot lie about home security. People do not wait 5 months to monitor the system when you can access it by cell phone in less than a minute. There are many more lies to note. Like the 2.2 billion dollar lie with jumbee arithmetic. Like you say, a lier is a thief. A big liar is a thief and a great imposter.

  12. Insomnia
    November 4, 2019

    But how his bad-mouth ministers saying skerrit is the envy of the entire OECS and he cannot even implement a basic requirement as electoral reform…. and he say he in charge wee.

    • Joseph John
      November 5, 2019

      Well he cannot fight an injunction that was installed by opposition forces. He did not want to inspire them to stone the Parliament like May 79 because this time we were going to retaliate. He did not want people getting hurt. The $6 million dollar could not help with opposition blockage. Opposition forces are so diabolical , the ask for something but block delivery.
      Remember when they want to caibosh the CBI passport money on CNN, now they are saying ….”way de money”
      Remember when they gave the government 14 days to disappear or else, now they saying D-Day was not an attempted coup. They even try to destroyed the PM wife store to demonstrate their determination.
      Their duplicity obviously show their potential for being liars and thieves.
      In charge means you take your job seriously and do not let your people get in harms way.

      • Casio
        November 6, 2019

        none of your points have merit or connection. Taken one by one they can all be refuted and responded to. All useless points. Stop making excuses for the state of your country. You are part of the problem. Ask yourself, are you happy with the way dominica looks and is operating today? when you compare it with that of islands that have less people and less resources? And dont blame Maria. Maria only uncovered our many deficiencies.

  13. FBI Agent
    November 4, 2019

    court in Tehran has sentenced a colleague of the imprisoned Iranian billionaire to twenty years of jail and repaying $1.3 billion of what prosecutors say is government’s embezzled funds.

    According to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)-run news agency, Tasnim, Alireza Ziba Halat Monfared has also been “fined.”

    Ziba Halat Monfared, identified by the local news outlets as the “right hand” of the imprisoned Iranian tycoon, Babak Zanjani, was arrested by the Interpol on January 15, 2017, and surrendered to the Islamic Republic.

    Babak Zanjani was helping former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration to circumvent U.S. sanctions but failed to return funds after he sold oil on behalf of the government. The court has sentenced Zanjani to death. Still, the Islamic authorities insist that they have suspended the verdict, hoping to force Zanjani to return billions of missing dollars.

    • %
      November 5, 2019

      He was at Morne Daniel trying to evade the Iranian Secret Service and Interopol..
      Skerrit
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?

    • Gary
      November 5, 2019

      I challenge you to show me a credible report from an Iranian News Paper of The arrest of Alireza Ziba Halat Monfared. Show me the story you claim was reported in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRC)-run news agency. There is no such story reported in IRC about Alireza Ziba Halat Monfared court sentence. Babak Zanjani was sentence to death in Iran since 2016 fraud and money laundering. Why is it that you cannot find anything written about Alireza Ziba Halat Monfared in any Iranian press. Here is a quote from Kenneth Rijock, “Notwithstanding his arrival and presumed detention in Iran, one year ago, he has neither appeared in court, to face the charges which are certainly pending against him, nor even mentions in Iran’s state-controlled press.” Don’t you think that the magnitude of this case he is alleged to be involved in, such a big scandal in Iran you would have at least read something about it in the Iranian press.

  14. Ibo France
    November 4, 2019

    Every time Skerrit’s mouth is ajar lies jump out. This man has securely handcuffed himself to this lie about the UWP is the party guilty of deliberately delaying electoral reforms. I repeat as I have said numerous times. Lies, corruption and opaqueness in government are problematic to Dominica’s present state of no international airport; no geothermal energy; lack of feeder roads for farmers; sky high unemployment; mushrooming vagrancy ; the sorry state and odorous smell of Roseau. No other Dominican Prime Minister has traveled outside the country more times than Skerrit. Instead of staying more at home and remedy the multiplicity of domestic problems for the last fifteen (15) years, he flags his wings and fly away leaving the country in its quagmire. Real change is needed.

  15. FBI Agent
    November 4, 2019

    DNO while we are at it I find it very strange that international court had rulings on two cases where Dominican Diplomats were involved and one of them is Aliereza Monfared who was hiding in Dominica for six months and so far I heard nothing or seen nothing on DNO. Aliereza Monfared, a personal friend of Roosevelt Skerrit was mailed in Iran for 20 yrs and has to repay $1.3 billion dollars to Iran’s government. In Dominica we are asking Skerrit where our $1.2 billion dollars went but in Iran they are demanding that Skerrits friend and deplomat must pay $1.3 billion dollars.

    • %
      November 5, 2019

      I asked DNO a similar question..
      DNO have you been bought by the DLP?
      Skerrit
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?

      • Gary
        November 6, 2019

        Why write such nonsense. DNO is in the business of reporting the News they have a standard to up hold in reporting the news. You just sit behind a computer and write what ever you want with no legitimate argument regarding facts or evidence to support what say.

        • viewsexpressed
          November 7, 2019

          Gary, you are so far in your blind loyalty of failed Skerrit and you have admitted who you are. Well done sir, have a read. lol..lol. “You, Gary just sit behind a computer and write what ever you want with no legitimate argument regarding facts or evidence to support what say.” ” We all, including Gary know that Skerrit is a liar and has failed us our Dominica and our people. It appears that Skerrit has managed the Red Clinic Bobol to gain the Loyalty and support of people mainly who ae poor and in need. It is a lot of states cash being distributed and appears the Director of Audit, and his incompetent 19 minister are scared to open their mouth on this matter (because of Scare-it). They all scare him as he has failed us and our Dominica. We fedup now and Skerrit must go. We had enough of thievery, bobol, lies and silly promises that has failed. Skerrit, pack up and go away. Stay away from our government, you are not sufficiently equipped to hold the position of Prime Minister. Go…

    • Gary
      November 5, 2019

      What international court you are talking about and two rulings.The story you are talking about Alireza Ziba Halat Monfared court sentence is reported on https://en.radiofarda.com/a/jailed-billionaire-s-helper-sentenced-to-repay-1-3-billion-to-iran-s-government/30249889.html and they claimed their report was from the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)-run news agency Tasnim, now there is no report or such story from the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)-run news agency. Radio farda is not is not based in Iran, it is affiliated to Radio free Europe funded by the US, through U.S. Congress Broadcasting Board of Governors, basically promoting US propaganda. Do you know how silly you are to suggest that Alireza Ziba Halat Monfared was a personal friend of Skerrit. Why such nonsensical comment about In Dominica we are asking Skerrit where our $1.2 billion dollars went but in Iran they are demanding that Skerrit’s friend and diplomat must pay $1.3 billion dollars.

  16. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 4, 2019

    Man Roosevelt, you are absolutely delusional; your gossip with yourself is nothing more than an illusion! 

    You give billions of dollars to foreigners, and local thieves to build so called hotels in the country, allowing them to deposit millions of Dominicans money in their Bank account long before construction get started; and now  your illusion is consuming you, you tell us Dominicans to invest our hard earn money in Dominica?

    Money which we work hard to earn in Europe, Canada and America.

    Guy don’t you know that there are wealthy Dominicans living in America, and Canada who when they hear the name Roosevelt Skerrit mentioned with the name Dominica, it turns them off.

    For more than twenty years you screwed up the country, while as you said you are the richest Prime minister in the Caribbean; why don’t you invest your corrupted gains in money in the country, after all you said “I run Dominica” in reference to yourself! You are a bloody clown.

    Investment will come…

  17. Country 4 sale
    November 4, 2019

    When a country gets to the point that the leader or in our case the prime minister does not know the difference between voters identification card and national ID card you know that country is in very bad shspe. Skerrit my driver’s license is a national I’d that one gets after practice passing a driving test. However a voter’s identification card is to identify a person as the person he claim to be. For example, I know three John Seaman on the north alone. However a voters ID card would let us know in which polling station each person is registered to vote in so that a John seaman doesn’t vote in vielle Case and then drive to Roseau Central to vote again. I hope I helped you sir

    • Joseph John
      November 5, 2019

      We like to use USA as a model for lot of things. Today is election day in Houston. Tx. With your drivers license as identification you can vote in any polling station.
      Don’t you think one could use a national id card, one card to identify you for any situation.
      Uwp want a card exclusively for voting, the DLP want a card for multiple purpose of identification including voting. So how is the government not acting in our best interest.
      Why the injunction and demonstration with the threat of violence.

    • Gary
      November 6, 2019

      Wow, how proud are you demonstrating your ignorance on such matters, be content with what you believe.

  18. %
    November 4, 2019

    We need Voter ID card Mr Skerrit, not National ID card!!!
    So you need not change the law double dunce, and fake doctor.
    Skerrit
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?

  19. JAH KAL
    November 4, 2019

    Skerrit u look worried u remember the famous cake cutting Ash lorenso lapsen the other guy and you ,Ash dead lorenso lapsen and the guy in jail you a the only one out there your turn coming soon monfared sentence to 20years in jail more to come call the election your jumpsuit is already waiting no measurement one size fit all . Call it Call it u must go.

  20. Nick
    November 4, 2019

    Once he doing good for the country he wouldn’t focus on the opposition leader

  21. Smh
    November 4, 2019

    I seems like every time Mr. Skerrit breathes in, he breathes out a lie.

  22. Bwa-Banday
    November 4, 2019

    This man holds a PHDD in lying. The sad thing is he has matered the art of telling those lies with a straight face :twisted: .

    I want Dr. Smell-E-Deek to know and understand that he can tell all the lies he wants to those who will listen but IF that election is called without electoral reforms as requested by the people and substantiated by the Joint Committee he invited to Dca there shall be hell to pay. Massive civil disobedience will be unprecedented in the history of this land. If you are too young to remember 1979 I hasten remind you that people like PJ, Charlo, Ambrose and Marley are still alive so get educated by them. Be warned Dr. Smell-E-Deek, be warned!

    • "maho pima
      November 6, 2019

      Every time that man move his mouth is a lie coming out of it, oh my god. You are the one who run things, yet still you blaming the opposition? you are very weak, you had everything in place, why didnt you allow the commission do its work? you want to be in everything, you destroy everything you put your hands on. you want to give us what you want, we want voter ID CARD not national id card, our passport is already a national id card,my nationality on my passport is Dominican, I don’t need another national ID card, I want voter ID card, PLEASEEEEEE!!

  23. lion king
    November 4, 2019

    Damn Lie. I remember they started issuing national ID cards and then they just stopped all of a sudden. Then the electoral office say they were going to start a voter re registration drive. That never happened. We still waiting. The crowd did not stop the parliament. The crowd caused a minister to pull out a gun in parliament and the embarrassment of that stopped the parliament. Damn Lie

  24. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 4, 2019

    First of all a drivers license issued by the traffic department in Dominica can serve as a voter ID as long as the holder is registered to vote.

    When I go out to vote in local or general elections in America, all I use to identify me; is my drivers license!

    In Dominica everything becomes a mystery, because Roosevelt Skerrit the most corrupted crook in the universe does not want any electoral changes in the country, since the status quo works for him!

    So, what is voter Identification card?

    The card serves as an accepted form of personal identity.

    The Voter ID Card acts as an acknowledgement that the card holder is a registered voter.

    The card includes several identification features like the applicant’s signature, photograph, fingerprints, etc., which provide added assurance for the card holder.

    In case of an election, the card carries provisions by way of marking to prevent the holder from voting multiple times.

    And that is all to Dominica’s mystery!

  25. Pipo
    November 4, 2019

    Honestly, I never hear a more blatante lie than this from. Mr, Skerrit. If he must blame anyone it should be the electoral commission that he has in his hand, three of them benefiting from CBI revenue and they afraid to upset Mister in case they lose that position. Please, dont insult the Dominicans intelligence Dear Sir because most of us have more intelligence than you give them credit for, even if we are poor.

  26. weh
    November 4, 2019

    Mr. Pm I see you conveniently forget that it was you who invited the OAS special mission to DA to recommend ways to implement electoral reform.

    Your attorney general rejected those recommendations, so how can you blame the opposition for lack of progress?

  27. Iamanidiot
    November 4, 2019

    It’s probably what…8 years? since I was told by my boss to go On the Bay front to take some pictures for ID cards or voters card.
    What ever happened to that system?

  28. DAPossieMasse
    November 4, 2019

    Only now I really understand why the Labour Party color is RED.

    Liar, liar his pants on fire. And fire is RED. And it is not his fault that he is kicking Dominicans with the Labour shoe, because the pants is on fire, he is trying to put it out by kicking in every way he can.

    • Joseph John
      November 5, 2019

      Fire is red, yellow and blue The smoke is blue. and when you are very sad because something of yours gets burnt, you will suffer from the blues and you will be singing the blues.

  29. Jonathan Y St Jean
    November 4, 2019

    Liar liar your tongue is on fire. He must be Trump 2.0, to boot. At the consultation at the Goodwill parish hall, the government representatives, the attorney general and the minister of foreign affairs announced that there won’t be any electoral reform because there won’t be enough time and this was echoed by many on the government side. This consultation was less than one year ago, so how can the liar in chief tell people overseas that following the passage of Erica he gave the money for electoral reform? In addition, Skerritt invited the joint mission to Dominica to advise on the proper way forward towards electoral reform. If he had given the money over about 4 years ago why seek advice only less than one year ago. Skerritt must blame the government”s surrogate on the electoral commission for following the dictates of the ruling party in trying to call an election without reforms to steal the elections. Concerned Dominicans of all stripes, came together to force your hands.

  30. LawieBawie
    November 4, 2019

    Anguilla’s and Dominica’s election are always the same year. After the last election in Anguilla, the decision was made to consider Voter I.D. Cards and a clean up of the voters’ list. There were no long debates and political fencing. The voter ID cards have now been created (I have mine) and a new and transparent system is now in place for next year’s election. Dominica has greater human/technical resources than Anguilla so there is no reason why the same thing cannot be achieved in Dominica. It really comes down to political will.

    • Ibo France
      November 4, 2019

      Relevant comparison, Lawie. Let’s be brutally honest. The current corrupt electoral system has worked wonderfully well for the Skerrit led ill-Administration. This is the DLP’s only chance of holding on to power, a corrupt system filled with many loopholes to be exploited. A clean, just electoral system will be a death sentence to the DLP reign. The survival of Skerrit’s scandal plagued Administration is solely dependent on this reprehensible system as it is presently configured.

  31. Sarah Noble
    November 4, 2019

    Do you honestly expect Dominican to believe your lies but again there is a dark cloud over their eyes and cement in their ears, so they will believe what ever untruth you decide to feed them.

    • November 5, 2019

      The money was provided, how do you think the equipment was paid for. Six million been provided to the electoral commission is a fact and very old news, ask the UWP members on the commission.

      • Ibo France
        November 5, 2019

        What equipment? No ID cards were printed. No new electoral list was produced. Not you Anon, nobody put you in charge of the Electoral Commission. Mr. Burton should give a public account as to the $ 6 000 000. Your defense of Skerrit and his DLP posse, Anon, is always saturated with distortions and falsehoods.

  32. zandoli
    November 4, 2019

    If in fact the government allocated $6 million for electoral reform and there was no electoral reform, where did that money go?

    • November 5, 2019

      The call for electoral reform is a political gimmick. Any electoral reform must include changes to the electoral legislation. We are talking about election reform but no one is talking about campaign finance which is key to minimizing election fraud. Cleansing of the list, issuing of upgraded ID documents is not election reform, these requirements will just be satisfying existing laws. Treating and bribery are illegal under our existing laws. What the UWP is requesting is perhaps an unbiased application of the election laws it cannot be electoral reform by any stretch of the imagination.

  33. Ibo France
    November 4, 2019

    Skerrit has become such a habitual liar that he now believes his own lies. Do you realize that he mentioned nothing about the cleansing of the voter’s list? A liar is a thief, no doubt about that. No truly honest or God fearing person would support a Prime Minister who’s allergic to truth. Lies and Corruption are twins brothers. Dominica is undeniably the most corrupt Caribbean country with the exception of Haiti. It is therefore a no brainier that these two countries are at the bottom of the pile in standard of living and life expectancy span. CORRUPTION cripples the development of a country and makes its people impoverished. Skerrit has severely restricted Dominicans ability to achieve their God given potential or to live a fruitful life. Dominica physically, is a natural gem but bad governance by the present corrupt authoritarian regime has rendered it nothing more than a sorry, beggarly island.

    • November 4, 2019

      “Skerrit has severely restricted Dominicans ability to achieve their God given potential or to live a fruitful life”.

      And you think that PM Skerrit has the power to interfere with God’s plan for His people? If you do, then foolish can you be?

      While you are saying that the Prime Minister believes his own lies, you are speaking things with extreme exaggeration, which condemn your understand and knowledge of God.

      What God has planned for His people–including His enemies–no man can interfere with His plans–whether it be King, Lord, or Master.

      PM Skerrit has no power against God’s work, not even if he, himself is the servant; he alone will face God’s judgment, regardless of what that judgment will be; the same is for the rest of us.

      Are you guarding your attitude and conducts? For that is your responsibility and yours alone–not the Prime Minister of Dominica

      • viewsexpressed
        November 7, 2019

        Elizabeth, don’t o have anything of substance and gratitude and complimentary that you can talk about, or start a qualified discussion on development. or education that our people are able to contribute as people who read and comprehend matters for qualified discussion, but taking tits and bits of this failed Skerrit and his corrupt Labour government of yours. is a waste of time and energy, so please raise your standards, and anything of kindergarten matter you write I will respond to you as this childish behaviour. All you do is go after people to protect your failed outgoing Skerrit. So Elizabeth, go take care of your funky self, Skerrit can take care of himself, b8t the state is also watching him that t the ned of his tenure in this office he has corrupted, he will have questions to answer. We hate any person in high office to insult our nature Isle with bobolistc behaviour and shame. Skerrit must Go away, he has failed us.
        We Welcome Hon. Linton and his professional UWP Team.

  34. jamie
    November 4, 2019

    Keep up the lies,cant fool us all the time.

  35. Voter
    November 4, 2019

    Honorable Prime Minister, a National Identification Card in not a Voter Identification Card.

    How can a government in office for almost 20 years fail the electorate by not implementing electoral reform.

    The next general elections are due in less than a 100 days, and yet the government has failed to implement a comprehensive program of electoral reform and blames the Parliamentary Opposition.

    Clearly it seems that there will be no electoral reform before the next general electoral:
    * No voter identification cards
    * No cleansing and sanitizing of the voters list
    * No Rules on election campaign financing
    * No Regulations regarding electoral bribery and treating
    * ETC ETC

    A wicked government will fall and a foolish people will perish… Only God can save us. :wink:

  36. Omg
    November 4, 2019

    We, the people of Dominica need voter ID card for the next General election and not national ID card.
    You guys want to dictate to the people what you want and not what the people need.
    Shame on you guys.

  37. God is mighty
    November 4, 2019

    Skerrit. You lie. You and Tony Astaphan are doing everything you can to block electoral reform but you will not succeed.

  38. LifeandDeath
    November 4, 2019

    More drivel coming from the outgoing tired Prime Minister.

    Where in the world would the idea of the issuance of a NATIONAL ID card come to be the responsibility of an electoral commission?
    Skerrit and Levi Peter and Tony Astaphans that complicating the issue of “voters’ ID” with NATIONAL ID. They continue to frustrate the process to try and rig the election in their favor, that is all.
    The time is nigh for change of Governance in DA. Pack up!!

  39. DAstrong
    November 4, 2019

    Liar liar pants on fire

  40. Another lie another day
    November 4, 2019

    There are a few things about humanity that I just cannot and one of them is, I just cannot understand how is that we all know Satan is a liar and there is no truth to anything he says and yet, we still believe him and he still deceives so many people. Now to the article above: so PM if you gave $6 million dollars to the election committee for electoral reform how is that we still have no reform? Is that not a question you should be asking to Gerald Burton? Why then are you not demanding answers from him and if he cannot answer why not tell Charles Savarin to fire him?

    • November 4, 2019

      Mr. Gerald Burton where is the money ( $ 6. million ) PM said he gave you the funds so we need answers , we need accountability and transparency Dominicans keep the pressure on.. Dominica now has 7 airport still in the shy I wonder when will they be landing we are in bad shape, when I saw those people sitting there listening time and time again about the airport it’s sad, we can all do better than that.

  41. %
    November 4, 2019

    This MISLEADER Skerrit lies so much, his image must be placed with dispatch, next to the word liar in the dictionary..Tell us what the opposition and almost everyone in Dominica did not want you to do? You all wanted to go abroad to confirm and/or reconfirm people? This in itself will disenfranchise many voters. You all are not trustworthy and that should never be allowed. All reconfirmation should be done here in Dominica!
    By the way, Skerrit said “I” had to give the commission $6 million dollars..Is he a multi millionaire? Some claim that he is a billionaire!
    I am starting to believe!
    We need Voter ID, and cleansing of the list before election Skerrit!!!
    Skerrit
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?

  42. Watch Dog
    November 4, 2019

    OMG! What a liar! If he were Pinocchio his nose would circumspan the globe at least twice! The complete system has been bought, the money spent, everything installed and programmed. But Mister is rightfully scared s“&tless to introduce it. And could Mister please learn some proper English?? Of a certain level? It is SOOO embarassing!

  43. Flingstone
    November 4, 2019

    So DNO as a news outlet isn’t it your responsibility to go find the truth that the prime minister did or didn’t give the money for such? Why put it out that he “claim” to give the electoral commission, as to say it’s only based on what he said but not from your findings? That’s bais reporting to me because you want the people to make their own assumptions on such a matter when it can be proven whether he did or didn’t.

    • Me
      November 4, 2019

      How does one know when Skerrit tells the truth? Do you?

  44. viewsexpressed
    November 4, 2019

    My dear people of Domininca, please read this silly statement from this so called Prime (Odd) Minister
    “Skerrit claims to have provided $6M for electoral reform; blames opposition for lack of progress”
    Whenever Skerrit makes a faux pais, he blames it on Hon Linton, UWP and on everyone else and it appears that he is intellectually out of touch in dealing with diplomatic and courteous matters of the state. No wonder Skerrit is seen and known as this “Odd Minister”., who has failed in his stewardship and leadership of our Dominica, but appears to have been engaged in Bin Bobol, Red Clinic abusive Bobol, Fertilizer Bobols etc. This man is a real failure. I need someone to ask failed Skerro. Where is the socio-economic development taking lace in Dominica after he and his failed minister cronies have killed our agriculture, reduced our people to beggars ad have them que up at Financial Centre to receive money? This corruption, abusive and we need an audit. This is job of Welfare…

  45. viewsexpressed
    November 4, 2019

    This man Skerrit, is a big joke you know and political fool. Who really advises this man before he opens his mouth on social media and talks political rubbish.” You see, when you are caught with your Red Pants down, it means that fire has been burning inside, due to lies, deception, misgivings and failure. The Abuse of the Office of Prime Minister, know well now an the Odd Minister.
    “If anyone is holding back electoral reform, Skerrit said it is the Opposition.
    “The first time we went to Parliament there was a mob outside of the Parliament.” Rubbish talk.
    Skerrit, we the people have that 2Right” to protest and to hold you to account as we are concern of the use and abuse of our states finances by you. We do not trust you with our state resources. Too much Bobol on going while the Financial Secretary appears to be sitting back, observes what is happening nd let it go through. It appears then than there is accounatabity and transparency as our funds are dished out…

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