Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that he does not provide assistance to people in exchange for a vote.
He was speaking during the endorsement of Dominica Labour Party (DLP) candidate for the Soufriere Constituency, Denise Charles.
“I don’t help people in exchange for a vote. I help people because it is within me, and my heart, my conscience, to help those who need help,” he said. “This is why when people come to my office to request assistance, I never ask you who you voted for. I am not interested in that; I see you as a Dominican.”
Skerrit added, “If I can help, I help. if I cannot help, I will tell you I cannot help.”
The prime minister pointed to programmes that his government has developed programmes that are geared to addressing the concerns of people, whether it’s the ‘Yes We Care’ programme, the school transfer grant, transportation for students or housing.
He contended that some programmes and projects have been implemented for the first time in Dominica’s history since he became the prime minister of Dominica, programmes which he said, are not motivated by election-winning or vote-catching but by “genuine concern and care and love for the people of this country.”
The DLP leader also took the opportunity to admonish his supporters to ensure that they vote in this upcoming election.
He said the future of Dominica is at a crossroad and it is up to Dominicans to choose the right direction.
“Voting is important. Not voting in this election is not an option to consider because as I have said to you before, five years can be very short if you have the right leader and the right party in government, but five years can be very long if you have the wrong leader and party in government,” he stated.
He said that the quality of candidates presented by both the DLP and United Workers Party (UWP) need to be examined and persons should look at the track record of both leaders and see who has an understanding of what Dominica needs and who is prepared to work hard and get things done.
Meantime, DLP candidate for the Soufriere consistency, Denise Charles, identified some major works for her constituency which she said a re-elected DLP administration will undertake in the first quarter of 2020.
“In the first quarter of 2020, we should break ground on the jetty in Scottshead Head again, thanks to one of our development partners,” she said. “In Galion, the DLP has already embarked on enhancing the road access to ensure that the community is never cut off when disaster strikes again. These improved roads will help farmers… facilitate agro-tourism activity.”
She added that when complete, Galion will welcome visitors to its farms to have an organic experience.
Charles told the audience that with their vote in the upcoming general election, the Labour government will continue the modernization of Soufriere constituency by transforming the Sulfur Spring spring into a modern echo park.
The Soufriere jetty will also commence in the first quarter of 2020.