ELECTION: UWP will contest election without electoral reform to deny Skerrit ‘his dictatorship on a platter’

Video screenshot of the audience at UWP public meeting.

The United Workers Party (UWP) has said that it will contest the upcoming general election without electoral reform.

With the recent announcement by Prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit that the election date will be December 6, 2019, it has become clear that the prime minister does not intend to implement the electoral reforms which the Opposition United Workers’ Party (UWP), the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) and other civic groups have been campaigning for. One of the slogans of the campaign was “no election without  electoral reform.”

But UWP leader, Lennox Linton, speaking at a public meeting last week, indicated that the party had reconsidered that strategy and would now contest the election without electoral reform.

“While we were saying no elections without electoral reform in order to pressure Christian people who we thought had a good conscience to do the right thing for Dominica, he [Skerrit] was seeing for him, an opportunity to stay in government,” Linton told a large gathering at a public meeting on Independence Street. “Because if we say no elections without electoral reform and he doesn’t give us electoral reform, and we don’t contest the elections,  then the dictator has his dictatorship on a platter and we are not going down that road with him.”

He pointed out that it is the only way that “we will make this the last election in Dominica that we will contest, or we will have without electoral reform.”

He said his party will continue to insist that reform is put in place, “but we are contesting the elections…and we are going to win the elections.”

Linton argued that Skerrit has a plan to stay in office regardless of whether Dominicans wants him there or not.

 “But once Roosevelt Skerrit remains in charge, there may never be electoral reform,” he said. “For the simple reasons, we didn’t have it in 2009…we didn’t have it in 2014 and he is telling us now as far as he’s concerned, we are not going to have it in 2019.”

Linton said his party will do what’s necessary to ensure that regardless of what the DLp tries, the UWP will be victorious in this election.

“This means ladies and gentlemen that there is a lot of work for you do to do; there is a lot of work for us to do,” Linton stated. “The power in people is greater than the people in power and now the people in power want to tell us, those who have the power, what to do.”

He added, “We, the people who have the power, will ensure that they do not steal this election.”

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47 Comments

  1. Dominica one day
    November 13, 2019

    He is already a dictator.
    If he wins again it only proves that the Dominicans are prepared to ruin this country permanently.

    It is hard to comprehend how people think that this man is good for the country. Dominica is worst off than she was under the freedom party. There are no real revenue streams other than tourism and selling of passports. The streets are filthy everywhere you go.. the young people feel hopeless, majority of the skilled labor reside abroad. 2 families run Dominica, bleeding her dry, every policy made on island benefits them one way or another. Dominica is doomed under dlp.

    I left Dominica the day labor got into power, I have witnessed for myself how things have gotten worse and worse. The airport and sea port are the same, no change no improvement, long lines and disorder at points of entry.

    The bridges and other infrastructure remain damaged or not maintained. Schools same as they were before I left. The hospital papamete! A new building wont change…

  2. Boyz
    November 11, 2019

    So what if you loose sir?
    Will this be the reason – election reform and will you accept the result?

  3. November 11, 2019

    β€œif we say no elections without electoral reform–and we don’t contest the elections, then the dictator has his dictatorship on a platter–”

    Lennox, you knew exactly what would happen; you knew that your “no election without reform” was an empty threat; but right here, you have failed again.

    PM Skerrit is a man after the works he is called to do on behalf of us, Dominicans, he is too strong to fall by your empty threat.

    Now if you are so certain that your team will win the election, why embarrass yourself with that “empty call” to simply take it back now?

    Also, you are saying that you are going to win the election “without reform” fair and clean, but if PM Skerrit wins the election it would be cheating and dirtiness? How could that be?

    Man, you want nothing for Dominica & her people; you want to take PM Skerrit to the guillotine through false allegations; but it will never happen! Do you know why?

    God is not with you; He doesn’t know you.

  4. Man bites dogs
    November 11, 2019

    Linton the chemical mouth you can contest all you want when Labour wins this coming election Lennox Linton, with all your nasty attitude and big time notorious liar who in their right mind would trust someone like you to be our leader apart from these crazy πŸ€ͺ clowns your followers liars same as you are. Remember Dominicans a vote ❎ for Linton and his chemical clowns is a vote for dooms day Linton said IF a big IF he becomes prime minister he would certainly be canceling out all and every things Skerrit government has put in place, that tells us this guy is a disgusting idiot and a bloody madman. Dominicans it is your responsibility to vote for a better Dominica or vote for the worst Lennox Linton and his hyenas.

  5. Why
    November 11, 2019

    How can you Lenox call other people derogatory names, when your brother and advisor is openly calling the radio station and talking about BODY BAGS, who are you people? It’s chilling and cold to listen to such animalistic behavior, are we living in a civilized society! Have you condemned your brother’s conduct, or are just hoping the people he threatened will disappear.?
    It just shows the height of your incompetence to think your opponent will give you a blue print on how he is running his campaign. If you cannot anticipate or you don’t have analitical skills to read the variables, then how can you lead 70 thousand people.
    You are not Intellectually inclined to see you are being outsmarted on all fronts. You have continually walked out of parliament because of your inability to comprehend, or be corrected. About one month ago, you petitioned various international agencies to investigate the PM, being familiar with UN matters, you would know the UN chatter of internal investigation.

  6. Lenpro
    November 11, 2019

    Any opposition Leader who is talking about contesting an election before it happens know that he will be defeated at the electoral. Lennox will only continue foaming at the mouth and confuse his supporters. This guy will never be Prime minister of Dominica.
    A total loser

  7. Lin clown
    November 11, 2019

    $ 25,000 per HOUSEHOLD.Viewsexpress,Ibo France,Pastor Rodney,DNO,Thomas BALL Letang,who is BRIBING who?All you UWP HYPOCRITICAL LIARS.After Maria refuse to assist Dominicans in time of need $ 25,000 BRIBERY will not work.

    ADMIN: Stay tuned.

  8. My My
    November 11, 2019

    That’s the sound of a person whose back is against the wall. The ship is sinking while the captain calls on the crew to help him to survive. Linton you had over 4+ years to implement your strategy instead you took to the streets like a public annoyance. What are some of the policies you have implemented?
    A relatively new person came up with a few pages, he calls manifesto and you want to take credit for it! No Lenox, you are a distraction and a disaster to the party, therefore, you are going to be the same to DOM
    Now we the people of Marigot will hold you accountability for your ill mannered behavior! What have you done for Marigot, how many people did you place in shelters, where was your brother, Edison or yourself after Maria? We the people of Sams Gutter has seen the light with the DLP

  9. mine
    November 11, 2019

    Vernice what did you do for Vieille Case in your 4 and a half years? Nothing. You all took the PM to court he is till there., is it because he is not one of you? I think hatred and jealous have alot to do because of the tittle. He did not put himself there to God be the glory.

  10. PENNY
    November 11, 2019

    Am for that 100% . The double doctor would love for all those that oppose him to stay home so he can whip Dominican with their own money. Stop that cool out crap and fix the country. There’s nothing going to attract people visiting 😒

  11. OBVIOUSLY
    November 11, 2019

    Lennox if Dominicans follow you closely they would have concluded by now that your strength is in your tongue. You talk a whole bunch of crap with nothing to substantiate it. That same tongue has gotten you in a lot of problems and you turned to your supporters to pay for your loose tongue. I recall you saying “no electoral reform, no elections”. So why is it your party is going ahead and contest the elections? You should stand for what you believe. If you believe no reform, no elections..why go against what you say? We know you are hungry for power and would never pass up an opportunity like this. Stop thinking you can fool everyone with your polished words.

  12. Tell it like it is
    November 11, 2019

    hahahahahaha…. talk is really cheap! All that beating of the chest was for what?

    • Bevin Larson
      November 12, 2019

      If you think Linton is Dominica’s problem, think again. The dictator is! Poverty, welfare state and deterioration of our democracy. Who has the last laugh? Hahahaha

  13. Unknown
    November 11, 2019

    That’s dumb, they should contest the election with electoral reform. Lennox cannot be that hungry for power. As it stands, parliament has dissolved so Skerrit is no longer in charge. This is the best opportunity to force the presidents hand into changing the election date until there is electoral reform.
    By contesting the election, you just handed it to DLP on a silver platter.
    Lennox is a joke, sometimes you fighting and not knowing what you fighting for. If you’re going to stand for something then do it all the way.
    I do think UWP will ever win an election with Lennox as the leader. Joshua Francis should have stepped up last election, and now he has Clement at his side to lead whenever they grow a pairs and oust Linton.
    What a joke, Poor leadership on Linton side to contest the election without reform which he wasted time fighting for.

  14. Honest
    November 11, 2019

    This is the reason Lennox Linton should never lead the country we love. This emotional, irrationality, and irresponsible behavior is the reason. We gave seen this behavior time and time again. We need someone who think thing through first. Someone who is able to process and analyze a situation first in other to deal wirh the stressful demands in decision making. We love the progress our developing Dominica has made thus far. I have not voted the last 2 elections. I will vote labour this year because it’s critical mr linton isn’t leading Dominica at this time. Hopefully, the people of the UWP party ask mr linton to step down to give the young progressive man for the Vielle Case constituency an opportunity to lead. If that is the case, and the labour party doesn’t give us an international airport in the next 5 years in power, the UWP will get my vote.

  15. Jonathan Y St Jean
    November 11, 2019

    Knowing what we do know about Skerritt and his disregard for decency, morality and precedent how can the leader of the UWP be so confident that his party will form the next government? There are all manner of shenanigans going on by Skerritt to improve his chances of winning and is the UWP just going to give him a free hand to continue. Resistance doesn’t have to be violence. Look at Hong Kong. The violence is coming mostly from the police. I’m disappointed in the stance of the UWP but I’ll wait to hear the results of the election.

  16. Ras B
    November 11, 2019

    While as children we have been counselled that we should not encourage fights that we cannot win, It would appear that the UWP and its operatives did not pay attention to that teaching. They shouted from platforms across the country repeatedly- No election without electoral reform, they marched, took letter to the president and exuded much hot air, with absolutely no results! Dr Skeritt was made to appear as a genius by UWP’s ineptitude and immaturity.

    Today they have started a new refrain: Linton said his party will do what’s necessary to ensure that regardless of what the DLp tries, the UWP will be victorious in this election. You did not win in 2004, 2009 or 2014 and now with some stroke of brilliance, you are winning the 2019 elections!! One wonders what you have been smoking or drinking! Or are you just given to random talk?

    Be aware that there is a lot more at stake this election than in previous elections, Kempinski files are to be opened, $1.2 billion unaccounted for…

  17. Flingstone
    November 11, 2019

    I understand the uwp strategy and it’s some what similar to the one Rossie Dauglas and labour had in 2000 which is use corruption. The plan is get the people onboard that corruption is taking place but the twist is that the election is not going to be free and fair but still contest. Now the difference is that labour had lots of money back then to bring people from overseas down to vote just as uwp did . The uwp don’t have the money this time around as to bring people to vote so they are going to say if they loose it was stolen. How else can one explain it ? If you say you cannot have free and fair elections without electoral reform then why contest. You contesting full well knowing you will be robbed. That says to me they are only willing to accept a win and if they loose they are going to fling stones.

    • November 11, 2019

      @Flingstone, you have spoken my exact thoughts, just with different vocabulary.

      I don’t know who Lennox thinks, we Dominicans are, that is why he doesn’t know that he keeps on making a fool of himself to us when he speaks his nonsense rubbish

      “Then the dictator has his dictatorship on a platter”

      Lennox, with your contest or without you, PM Skerrit will get the win, on a platter, served to him by the people of Dominica.

      What you need to do is prepare for your second defeat, because there is no trait of a “Prime Minister”, in your attitude and conduct, right now.

      It is already time for you to go and learn to humble yourself before the next election is called in 2024; if you hope to be there, and is still the leader of the opposition.

    • Correct
      November 11, 2019

      You hit the nail right on the head….so true!!

  18. %
    November 11, 2019

    Well said patriot Linton..
    My vote is definitely for Sikiri, the man that will “”La Pi Day”” Chekira in Roseau South..
    No chance for DLP, this time around!!!
    Skerrit
    Whey is di money,?
    Whey is di money.
    Whey is di money?

  19. Kalinago Justice
    November 11, 2019

    :?: I am saying that the one-man rogue regime should not be allowed to steal the ELECTIONS, he should be stopped and ousted!!!

  20. Ras B
    November 11, 2019

    Amazing, What a climb down from no elections without electoral reforms. The UWP through its ineptitude and immaturity allows Dr. Skerritt to appear as a Genius. Please stop taking positions that you cannot deliver. We have seen the charade of marches to president house and delivery of a signed petition to the president with no tangible result. An issue which now begs the question of the president’s role? Is he simply a stooge of the ruling party, a ceremonial head? and if so, can Dominica afford this? Did the UWP not know this?

    Here is the new tranche of hot air emitted by UWP: Linton said his party will do what’s necessary to ensure that regardless of what the DLp tries, the UWP WILL BE victorious in this election. Come on another ill-conceived utterance. You did not win in 2004, you did not win in 2009 nor in 2014 and now through some stroke of brilliance, you will win in 2019?

    For your info, there is more at stake in 2019, Remember Kempeski accounts will be made public!

  21. pureblackmagic
    November 11, 2019

    While counting the votes over and over to corrupt the ballot is the strategy of the labor party for skerrit to stay in power, and he believes that he will not be voted out. Here are a few who thought the same, Eugenia Charles, Patrick John, Birds, Gary, Papa Dock, Gadafi, where are they now.
    Just remember they said the Titanic couldn’t sink.
    We are with you 100% Honorable Linton we are not going to sit back and look.

  22. Pipo
    November 11, 2019

    After trying to crook the constitution to stay in power longer and evidence of rigging the election President Evo Morales of Bolivia, a comrade of Skerrit and supporter of Maduro, resigned yesterday. The people of Bolivia had enough. Skerrit next! That expensive concert for his wife on saturday was an obscenity in a country that has no decent health care and where people have to survive on hand-outs on saturday was his swansong. I am vex.

  23. viewsexpressed
    November 11, 2019

    ELECTION: UWP will contest election without electoral reform to deny Skerrit β€œhis dictatorship on a platter”
    Dominica News Online – Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at 6:23 PM
    UWP Team, we the people are with you and hopefully we need to address the situation for holding on here at the airport or that onward fight trip will move on.
    We hope flight will move on soon.
    Linton stated. β€œThe power in people is greater than the people in power and now the people in power want to tell us, those who have the power, what to do.”

  24. viewsexpressed
    November 11, 2019

    We will get Skerrit Out, we will Kick Skerrit out and h failed incompetent Labour Government. We need to have in office our decent incoming Prime Minister Hon. Lennox Linton and his trusted highly professional UWP Team.
    Skerrit has failed us. He has failed miserable and whoever thought of putting this failed clown Skerrit in office are not laughing now but concerned with the state of affairs that our nature Isle is in after 19 long years in office. We are hoping that after this tenure that Skerrit never holds the office of Prime Minister again. We sincerely hope so. We need to have mature people, with foresight and concrete plans for socio-economic development for our country.
    We need serious mature people with foresight in government to lead our people and country.
    It`s time that our people get serious, be open to capture the direction our country is taking that we address these concerns to the siting Prime Minister and his/her government. We`re fedup with Skerrit Antics. He…

  25. Reallyyyy
    November 10, 2019

    But DNO you guys forget to mention the 25000 he say he is going to give each household in D /A?lol

    ADMIN: Stay tuned.

  26. Danziger
    November 10, 2019

    Mi dayba con di Grammacks, pawol patchy coco. On sel mot nous ni say we voting Labour AGIAN.

  27. Herbert Volney
    November 10, 2019

    It is commonly called β€˜grandcharge’ in the Caribbean. Lennox Linton knows that he has led his party to the brink of a massive electoral defeat wholly unprepared for the election and has been caught flat footed and broken. He will lose badly and I hope his party will dump him after the defeat and rebuild if it can.

    • Ras B
      November 12, 2019

      Herbert, again you posting information that seems to be cutting both sides. On one hand you seem to be supportive of Dr. Skerrit whilst on the other hand you are giving advice on how the opposition can defeat Dr. Skerrit.

      Herbert, I am really baffled with your skills as a judge!! One would have expected greater clarity.

  28. Crebd
    November 10, 2019

    Yes Mr Linton what are you offering? How are you going to develop the economy. Tell me please. What are your plans to develop Dominica you have not articulated that as yet. It is ok to say what Labour party is doing wrong but what are you going to do differently

  29. The old Prophet
    November 10, 2019

    I don’t know about you corrupt pastors and priest but I am hearing the victory of Zerubbabel in Zach 4:6-10
    6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. 7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
    8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. 10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. I now feeling how I felt in 2000, when Rosie won. That didn’t look possible but I had that good feeling

  30. November 10, 2019

    I mentioned before, that the PM recognizes that he can force UWP to choose or lose. By making the bold statment No Reform, No Election, UWP was forced to decide which battle is paramount at this juncture. And contesting the election is the right decision. The voters will do the electoral reform at the polls, by voting out DLP; this will be the best electoral reform ever in Dominica. No electoral reform, no return to office for DLP. Just say No and Skerrit have to Go.

  31. Ibo France
    November 10, 2019

    We, the people, depend too much on politicians to lead the fight. The people’s collective strength and influence is much more powerful than those in power. Look around the world, it’s the power of the people that is ridding their country of their corrupt governments. All right thinking people and true patriots of Dominica should boot Skerrit and his namby pamby government from office. Dominica will only rise from the bottom position when the people give Skerrit, Melissa and their doltish disciples the sledge hammer on Election Day. The poor can take no more of this miserable life. It’s time for a real change.

  32. Heddy
    November 10, 2019

    Mr Linton you are weak and am disappointed in you. You said no reform no elections. You went back on your word. You disappointed the people who went on the street to demonstrate.

  33. The old Prophet
    November 10, 2019

    This election reminds me of three Bible stories: 1. 2nd Kings 6:15 -1715
    When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.
    16
    “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
    17
    And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
    The second passage is in Judges 7, where Gideon defeated a huge and powerful Midianites with only 300 brave soldiers 7:7 The Lord told Gideon, β€œWith these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory over the Midianites. Send all the others home
    The third one is David killed the mighty Goliath 1 Sam. 17: 45 David answered, β€œYou are coming against me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of…

  34. Shaka zulu
    November 10, 2019

    I agree with contesting electrons but i still think that should be when all else is lost. There should be demonstration every day forcing the president to act since he is currently in charge of the country. He has power to delay election until reforms are done.

  35. Sign man
    November 10, 2019

    Linton once again foiled Skerrit. He thought because UWP said no reform no election, they would just hand it over to him so he could blame. That’s another reason he called the election. But Skerrit will find out something come Dec 6 at around 7pm because the corrupt pm losing Wesley, Marigot, kalinago, Castle Bruce, Grand fond, La plane, the four Roseau’s, St. Joseph and Salisbury for sure, which would give us 12 seats and Mahault and Petite Savanne are looking very blue.
    When West Indies beat Afghanistan yesterday to win a series for the first time since 2014, I felt strongly that it was a sign of good things to come. I can feel it. I can feel the shake and I can feel the shifting that taking place all over Dominica There is a silent majority that’s not talking but just can’t wait to act and thank God I am part of this silent majority!!!

    • November 12, 2019

      @Sign man, did you say that Linton once again foiled PM Skerrit, or did you mean that Linton, once again discovered the PM Skerrit will not fall for his rude demands?

      Linto is the one who has taken back his threat about the coming elections because PM Skerrit knew that it was another empty and weak threat, he completely ignored it

      So how did Linton foiled him?

  36. TJ
    November 10, 2019

    Three cheers for the UWP! The first to go down will be Mr. Skerrit, and the rest will follow. My fellow Dominicans a change is coming to the isle of beauty.

    • A George
      November 11, 2019

      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ hope those big jokes wake you up

      We heard more than that in 2014 And you all got blows

      2019 is more blows come what may

      If all you want to win an election come better than that.

      I wasn’t coming down to vote as I was here for independence

      BUT BECAUSE ALL YOU TALKING TO MUCH ABOUT AND WANT TO THREATEN PEOPLE LIFE I MAKING YOU ALL SEE I COMING TO VOTE FOR SKIRRIT BIG TIME

      SO RUN ALL YOU MOUTH

      TELL MALON AND PAT AARON AND PETER CARBON NOT TO COME DOMINICA

      PETER COMES IMPOSES A CANDIDATE ON WESLEY PEOPLE AND GO BACK AND THATS LEGAL

      THAT WOMAN WHO RUN IN CALIBISHIE IN 2014 WASNT LIVING IN DOMINICA YET RUN IN OUR ELECTIONS AND THAT WAS LEGAL

      BUT IT IS ILLEGAL FOR ANYONE ELSE TO COME AS LONG AS THEY VOTING UWP?? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      But u all really is a big joke.

      WELL I DIDNT VOTE LAST TIME BUT I AM HERE AND I WILL BE VOTING FOR CHEKIRA TO KICK THIS KIND OF MAN OUT. We need class in RS not CLASSLESS

  37. Desporah
    November 10, 2019

    Please stop taking pictures in the dark. Do you have something to hide? Poor crowd attendance?

  38. Desporah
    November 10, 2019

    Dominica needs an opposition party, not on waiting for an opportunity.

  39. Positivevibes
    November 10, 2019

    Stuuuuppppeeesss! Set of Angry Birds

  40. Efficacious
    November 10, 2019

    This is a technique of a future Prime Minister.Don’t just give hand outs, educate the people also.If we all had the same thing, what a big thing that would be, and if they all had the same thing, what a big thing that would be. If all Samford’s were the same, what a big Samford that would be. Miss Samford is out to prove that, no two things are the same. They could be identical, but never the same.

  41. Positive Vibes
    November 10, 2019

    Stuuuuuuuppppps. Angry birds

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