Minister for Climate Resilience and Urban Renewal Joseph Isaac is lending his voice to those who believe that electoral reform is not an urgent requirement for free and fair elections in Dominica.
Isaac said on the radio programme, Focus on Government and Development that political parties in Dominica have won elections in a system which has served the country well.
He said while there may be room for improvement in anything that the country does, he believes that the topic of electoral reform is simply a red herring for the opposition and they’re grabbing at straws.
“Joshua Francis said to the opposition that, that is not a big agenda for him. He won his seat without electoral reform. I, myself, won my seat without electoral reform,” he stated. “Governments have changed for many years without electoral reform that they asking for.”
The United Workers Party (UWP), the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) and the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) have all won elections without electoral reform, Isaac pointed out.
“Freedom Party came in, they won, same electoral laws, same thing. Labour came in they won. Workers actually won some seats that they did not actually have without the same electoral reform they talking about so they are just looking for something to talk about,” Isaac maintains.
He is of the view that the voters and the people in the country are not concerned about what the opposition is asking for.
“When you talk to voters and people in the country, they are not too concerned about that. So, if all parties could win with the same laws in place, the last election they actually won seats and took it from the labour party, so what are they talking about?” the former UWP member of parliament asked.
Isaac said amendments to the election laws were taken to the parliament but it was the opposition who did not show an interest in debating the amendments.