In its relentless advocacy for electoral reform to ensure free and fair elections in Dominica, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) has organized another election rally for Saturday 19th October.
The rally comes in the wake of the government’s rejection of recommendations made by a Joint CARICOM-OAS-Commonwealth Special Mission which was invited by the government to visit Dominica from August 6-9, 2019 to look at the electoral reform system.
The event is scheduled to take place from 3:00 pm on Saturday between the two bridges in Roseau (under the arch).
The CCM is calling for voter ID Cards and the cleansing of the voters’ list before the next general election.
“We are in high gear, and we are expecting a lot of Dominicans to turn out especially those who believe in free and fair elections,” President of the CCM Loftus Durand said at a press conference on Friday.
He said at the upcoming rally, the movement will be putting pressure on Electoral Commission Chairman Gerard Burton and the Commission.
Durand insisted that the Commission is an independent body with the constitutional authority to implement the recommendations that “we have been speaking about for a very long time.”
Meantime, a member of the CCM, Tyron Anthony, also known as ‘Blessings’ called on the public to turn out in large numbers to show support at the rally.
“We really need that support to send a message to the people who think that they run things and the people themselves are irrelevant or insignificant,” Anthony remarked. “We need to show them that as citizens of the country we need to really take a stand and say to them, in a democracy, in a civilized society, that is what people do.”
The CCM has been actively advocating for electoral reform for free and fair elections in Dominica since January 2018.