DFP criticizes DLP’s recommendations for electoral reform

electoral reformThe Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) describes the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) recommendation to the Electoral Commission for electoral reform as nonsensical and a dangerous attempt on free and fair elections in Dominica.

The Party said it is unbelievable that legal minds would sit with the ruling party to put together such an uncivilized and draconian proposal, referred to as Labour Party’s recommendation for electoral reform.

The DFP is of the view that the Labour Party wanted to smuggle such a proposal in the back door and to highjack the process of electoral reform in Dominica but was exposed for their deceitful and unfair political party and government that they are known for. The lies and dishonest behavior was again demonstrated by their usual spin doctors recently.

The Dominica Freedom Party reminds the people of Dominica that the need for proper electoral reform has been around for a while but became more apparent following the 2009 general elections

In 2009 a joint white paper on electoral reform was prepared and agreed to by the Dominica Freedom Party and the United Workers Party. The white paper was submitted to the electoral commission and presented thereafter to the media at a press conference by the then Leaders of the Dominica Freedom Party and United Workers Party, Mrs. Judith Pestaina and Mr. Ron Green respectively

A delegation of the Dominica Freedom Party and the United Workers Party traveled to St. Kitts where a meeting of the heads of government of the OECS was being held to present the case of electoral reform in Dominica. Numerous letters were written by the Dominica Freedom Party and delivered to the chairman of the Electoral Commission and a few protest actions were also held to bring greater awareness to the need for electoral reform in Dominica

The Labour Party and its government showed no interest to the many calls for reform which was clearly articulated by at least Two (2) Former Chiefs Elections Officers in their reports, Election Observers the Dominica Freedom Party, the United Workers Party and others. There are evidence to indicate that the required financial resources were not made available and the efforts of the Commission to move the process forward was frustrated and undermined by the Labour Party Government

The Dominica Freedom Party warns that the Electoral Commission is an Independent body established by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica to ensure the holding of free and fair Elections in the country. The Commission is reminded that they should not be influence by any other Authority and should do all in its power to preserve and maintain the integrity of our democratic process

The Dominica Freedom Party said that all the stack holders must be treated fairly and equally by the electoral commission and it should provide the opportunity without fear or favor for continue discussions to take place and recommendations to arrive at a consensus for proper electoral reform in Dominica

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11 Comments

  1. Big Bannan
    March 31, 2016

    Domimica’s election needs an overhaul, not just reform. There needs to be a set election date just like in developed countries among a host of other dirty tricks that involves elections .

  2. lightbulb
    March 30, 2016

    ok ok ok
    so wait
    can you outline what is “uncivilized and draconian proposal”

    this press release is garbage.

    • Mahaut
      March 31, 2016

      I totally agree with you on this. I read the whole article hoping to find something of relevance that I can call unfair or bias. I did not even see the White papers of 2009.

      If we are reporting news, do some groundwork to support you information, so that we can form an honest opinion as a reader.

      • Barbara Saunders
        April 1, 2016

        I was about to ask the same thing. On what should we form an opinion? Where are the recommendations that we could read?

  3. March 30, 2016

    a male caller in the Diaspora called in to talk on the block on Q95 and ask what are Dominicans at home is doing i laugh because this question is a paradox and very ironical in light of that it is the Diasporaians who keep imposing this Regime upon Dominicans at home. in any case we should not put up with any fly by night Electoral Reform.

  4. %
    March 30, 2016

    Very good DFP,but please tell the citizens some of the evil,vile, develish tricks that they have or contemplating…Keep on exposing their wickedness…Those GREEDIES have no interest in country,but just want to remain in power….BUT IT WON’T WORK!

  5. lol
    March 30, 2016

    pa pa met, freedom party talking. Is there a freedom party or a Astaphan and Boston party?two blind mice.

  6. ron
    March 30, 2016

    Rise again with Freedom

  7. Roseau
    March 30, 2016

    Before the last elections in Jamaica, the electoral commission came under serious scrutiny from the general population. They demanded that the ex P.M keep her hands away from the process.
    I want to see the same from our people here in Dominica.
    It is time we move away from this small mentality of seeing things in a primitive sense.

  8. Massacre
    March 30, 2016

    I am very proud of the DFP, don\’t matter how small you are now, to stand up and be counted as one of the brave and patriotic Dominican masses who will stand up against injustice. The scams that the DLP has pulled on us must be addressed and exposed in public. Skerro and his corrupt crew cannot do anything with integrity, everything they put their hands on have to have some scam and deceit.
    I remember the days of the Freedom party, Those were the good days. It is time you guys come together again.

  9. AAGabriel
    March 30, 2016

    We need to be on our guard with this. I appeal to the leader of the UWP and DFP and the citizens of Dominica. We can not allow Skerrit to impose this electoral reform on us. If we allow this to happen we give Skerrit and his DLP a carte blanche to stay in government for ever. We need to be prepared to fight for this not to happen. Dominica is ours not Skerrits.

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