ISAAC: Electoral reform is ‘a red herring’ for the opposition

Joseph Isaac, as Minister for Climate Resilience and Urban Renewal, at a government function 

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.

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48 Comments

  1. Ibo france
    July 29, 2019

    From this man’s words, actions and track record, the UWP should be celebrating the guy’s departure from the party. He’s a huge embarrassment to the country. I’ve heard older folks remark, “You never see fowl bottom until the wind blows.” This should send shivers up one’s spine to witness how low money and position can cause a person to stoop. Joseph Isaac has reduced himself to a shameless panderer.

  2. jamie
    July 29, 2019

    Isaac your a damn crook,sing for your dollars.

  3. Ibo france
    July 28, 2019

    Look carefully at the facial expressions and the body language of those hypocrites in the background. They don’t have to say a word, it gives the true picture of what they think about Modern Day Judas. You have to be a fool to trust this TRAITOR.

  4. Joseph John
    July 28, 2019

    Why are the uwp gang so afraid of Joseph Isaac? Does he know something that is hidden by them, Something sneaky and detrimental to their credibility and approval ratings?
    Remember how they came out on Sam Raphael? Was it because of the information he gave about the CBI programme ?
    Maybe both these victims of their hatred will divulge more information when the campaign starts for real. Its going to be hot, hot,hot for so. The fire is going to fall on those blue bubble blowers. Just you wait.

  5. Self
    July 28, 2019

    The biggest RED HERRING in Dominica right now is you Joseph Issac and Roosevelt Skerrit. And we the people of Dominica are going to get rid of the RED HERRING.

  6. Ibo france
    July 28, 2019

    Most Dominicans on both sides of the political aisle hold Joseph Isaac in very low esteem. A traitor can never be trusted as his only loyalty is to himself for the money he can hoard. What he did, by switching parties for monetary gains, amounts to political prostitution. He is, without a scintilla of doubt, a political rental boy to the highest bidder. This atrocious human being is in politics strictly for personal gains. The people’s wellbeing doesn’t even cross his mind for a minute. Traitor, imposter, fraudster, con artist, double dealer, hoaxer is Joseph ‘Hoodwinker’ Isaac.

  7. Mark
    July 28, 2019

    OMG-What a clown…….

  8. Heather Germanotta
    July 28, 2019

    According to the back-in-the-day wrestler, Ted DiBiase. “Everybody has a price for the Million Dollar Man” !

  9. Iamanidiot
    July 27, 2019

    You used to have a Nokia and a Motorola flip making calls and the calls were going on just fine. HOWEVER, time has given us new ways to do things, improvements , faster better. The internet at your home is not what it was 10 years ago, the cars not are not the same from 20 years ago, the way you build houses now is not the same way from 20 years ago. The way education is provided on tablets is not the same way it was 30 years ago. And I can go on.

    But when electoral reform is mentioned, Oh the freedom party won with that same way 30 years ago, X party won 100 years ago. True, but a system this old can be exploited many ways that it couldn’t have been exploited in the past. There are things you could do 30 years ago and get away with it but you can’t do it now because of how technology and other areas of the world has advanced. Come on Issac, for a man people boast of having degrees, this is the point you making? I would wash you so bad in a debate if you tell me that garbage

  10. Lin clown
    July 27, 2019

    There is nothing as CORRUPT as UWP not even close.Just imagine one UWP supporter built a house,valued at $ 2,500,000 in BOUGEOIS CITY Belfast.This house was fully paid for in 4 1/2 years with PASSPORT MONEY.RE ENGINEERED CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMME PASSPORT MONEY.Under the UWP Government.Massive CORRUPTION,CORRUPTION TO THE BONE.Wicked losers.

    • Casio
      July 29, 2019

      Feller you are talking about a supporter? a regular joe who approves the messages of the uwp. Now how do you know how much they paid for their house? are you their accountant? or their loan officer? Dominicans always want to think they know people business but they never know theirs. Now …… like you Mr. Clown fail to realize that the uwp of 20 years ago isnt the same as today. totally different players. Same as the DLP of 40 years ago. You act like you forgot the DLP had tried to sell the country to KKK operatives and all other sorts of corruption. but people not checking that because we know PJ not running for politics, just like how Earl, and Edison and the rest of the UWP from 1995 are NOT running. But you fools still living in 25 years ago acting like it is the same people going up for elections. When we speak about the dlp’s non performance we dont mention PJ. We speak about relevant issues of the day and mention SKERRIT, BLACKMORE and the rest. So take your cool out and go.

    • Kalinago Justice
      July 30, 2019

      :?: lin the clown,we all came together and voted the UWP out so that they could be investigated, charged and prosecuted! But the deceased vision man before he died said it was a campaign joke! Your one-man corrupt rogue regime prime mistake liar and spokesman was given the charge of investigating but failed after cashing in! I expected the entire UWP government to be in jail, but instead the financial wizard was welcomed to join the one-man rogue regime in helping with more corruption! Do you remember :?:

  11. viewsexpressed
    July 27, 2019

    My people of Dominica, I want you to read the nonsensical BS, penned by this confused Joseph Issac.
    “This failed confused Joseph Isaac, as Minister for Climate Resilience and Urban Renewal, at a government function….”
    “he believes that the topic of electoral reform is simply a red herring for the opposition and they’re grabbing at straws.”
    Issac , you have placed yourself into the political corrupted abyss of inept Skerrit, so you stay there and take it. You soon will be out of this position that you hold. Your colours have been changed for the worse, this dangerous Red Clinic Koolaid. Enjoy t while it lasts. To hang around Failed Skerrit means that you have also compromised your reputation and what yo stood for under UP, re the decency in poitcs and governance. You are now in the company of failed bedfellows. Enjoy it while it last, but that stain you brought to yourself will live with you for a very long time. The most dangerous pickled red pill in your company is Skerrit…

  12. viewsexpressed
    July 27, 2019

    “Electoral reform is ‘a red herring’ for the opposition….”
    Issac, come clean and tell us really what is it you are talking about. From the time you exit yourself from the decent UWP, under trusted professional Hon Lennox Linton, you have been talking alot BS, nonsense to secure you in the abyss of failed Skerrit and his corrupt DLP. When you were with UWP, you spoke out loud in principle and people listened to you . Today, now, no one cares and respect you, nor acknowledge what you say because of the nature of your desperation to go over to failed corrupt Skerrit`s government. That is how you have reduced yourself to nothing and amoung the failed jokers like Skerrit and others. Your fake party with this failed Skerrit will lose the election and you will disappear onto the abys and stay out of Dominica’s politics and government. You have betrayed us and you ran across to the immature Skerrit and his failed Corrupt Labour government. You put Skerrit first above our people. UWP,…

  13. VoterID
    July 27, 2019

    Really Isaac? Guys like you make me wonder what politics is really about. It is becoming so unbelievable how someone can move from one extreme to another.

    Electoral reform is necessary in 2019 considering all that has been going on in our general elections for the past 15 years. The corrupt strategies adopted by this Government to win elections were never used by other political parties in Dominica.

    Joseph Isaac it is time you relax and do some reflection on yourself.

  14. Braindamage
    July 27, 2019

    Can you imagine that Crooked Crook Issaac with a crooked tongue?.

    Soon he is going to find out whether the Electoral Reform is a “Red herring or Blue herring”.

  15. Lin clown
    July 27, 2019

    Laureen Bannis Roberts crossed the floor.Julius Timothy crossed the floor.Joseph Isaac crossed the floor.Dr.Curvin Ferreira resigned as Deputy Leader.Nichols Shanks Esprit was a UWP senator.Floyd Capitolien was UWP main supporter.These people and lots more have turned their backs on the UWP.Viewsexpress,Ibo France,Massacre,LaPlaine Observer,Gabriel St.Jean why are these people living?Because the UWP are lazy,lying,incompetent,idiots.Just imagine LINTON telling SAM RAPHAEL do not build JUNGLE BAY.The people working there and their FAMILY should never vote UWP.The 3,400 people on the NEP and their FAMILY should never vote UWP.The 243 people on the Yes We Care and their FAMILY should never vote UWP.The 834 people working at Clear Harbour and their FAMILY should never vote UWP.

  16. Lin clown
    July 27, 2019

    GABRIEL ST.JEAN you sound like a Policeman.JON ROSE LINDSAY was arrested outside the CARIB CINEMA one Saturday morning,by certain Police Officers,and taken to POLICEHEADQUARTERS.The next day Sunday his body was found in a RUBBISH DUMP at Tarreau.A number of Police Officers were arrested,charged,and suspended.Every Police Officer was acquitted after the trial.GABRIEL do you think this CASE should be taken to the HUMAN RIGHTS COURT OF JUSTICE?

  17. Ibo france
    July 27, 2019

    The arguments against electoral reforms put forth by Modern Day Judas are those of a Grade Sixer of average intellectual ability. To appoint this simpleton as a Minister of government is deeply troubling. What obtains yesterday, more than likely, is irrelevant today. Government is not static, it’s dynamic. Now it’s pellucid as to the reason he ruined the once thriving bakery. This imposter will also do to the DLP what he did to the bakery. Harnessing money for himself is the imposter’s sole objective. For him, he’s not even remotely concerned about the wellbeing of others. This guy is dismissing the findings of at least two reputable organizations, the Commonwealth and the OAS, to please an audience of one man, Skerrit. He, Judas, has further reduced himself to just a pathetic idiot.

  18. Heather Germanotta
    July 27, 2019

    According to a back-in-the-day wrester, Ted DiBiase, “cause everybody’s got a price for the Million Dollar Man” !

  19. Dr Clayton Shillingford
    July 27, 2019

    Clearly the DLP wants NO CHANGE in the Electoral System no matter how messed up it may be..The intention is to maintain the status quo as it has worked in DLP favour and forget about anything called voter ID cards or cleansing of the voters lists.. The questions then are   what are civil organisations and the political opposition groups going to do now in face of stalemate and after all the discussions on the subject.  Is there a working strategy and actions to achieve electoral reform in face of stone walling by DLP, their acolytes like Tony Astaphan and his ilk  and the Electoral Commission

  20. Jonathan Y St Jean
    July 27, 2019

    Hey Judas, Issac, you said that it’s only the opposition that’s interested in electoral reform. Well, I ace news for you Judas because the Pope and the Bishop of Roseau, the business community and decent Dominicans all want electoral reform. Two reports following the last two elections called for electoral reform and Skerritt gave his word that this will receive urgent attention before the next election. We know what Skerritt’s word is worth based on the number if times he’s promised an international airport. You say that the opposition was not present that’s why the amendments proposed by the government were not passed. How about the number if times the opposition walked out if Parliament and the inept government went ahead and passed the legislation it wanted. Stop giving us this lame excuse Judas. Electoral reform is bit a red herring. Ask Pope Francis and the Bishop and all concerned citizens and patriots. You and your corrupt Labor Party are out on a limb on this one.

  21. TJ
    July 27, 2019

    How can an educated electorate listened to the double talk of Mr. Issac. A traitor of his own philosophy. Labor is on its last hurrah. Thanks to the Almighty.

  22. Omg
    July 27, 2019

    What is really wrong with so these called politicians? Why is electoral reform a problem for these people.
    We are living in a defferent environment where passports are being sold to persons all around world. Do we know these people? We no long live in small communities where everybody knows each other.
    So please, stop this nonsense and give Dominicans voter ID cards.
    If you guys can’t do your job, let someone else do it and get out of office.
    Omg

  23. viewsexpressed
    July 27, 2019

    Issac, which Opposition you are referring to? The Corrupt Bobolistic Skerrit`s labour Government that you loudly advocated against when you were in the decency of good UWP Team?
    Now, your taste has shifted to a group filthy stained corrupted bedfellows and that is where, it appears you now stand, but at the same time you are derelict and out staged because we know that you are not comfortable where you are among a bunch of corrupted Labour people with a stench of fraudulent behaviour and illiteracy to the decency of good government. That`s what you pledged when you joined the decent UWP. You are now stained with filthy political behaviour as you hang about with failed Skerrit and that corrupt Labour government, as you told us loudly. What is it you want from Skerrit? Cash, love, affiliation, a job, to be a minister that you thought and had no confidence that your UWP would not make it? Well, smell the stench, you know nice Skerrit and his corrupt Labour failed Government have lost.

  24. Original
    July 27, 2019

    The electoral reform should not be made political, I think it’s something which demonstrates maturity as a society and even a political system but it’s being used as a tool of leverage through the importation of voters, manipulation of the demographics. It’s clear that something has to be done…

  25. RandyX
    July 27, 2019

    Man you are talking pure rubbish. As usual you are singing for your supper. Your speeches are full of rethoric but lack substance and facts.
    Corruption has blinded you!

  26. Child of Itassi
    July 27, 2019

    Can someone please explain to me, what does Climate Resilience and Urban Renewal have to do with Electoral Reform?

    The three sitting behind him seem to want to ask the same question.

  27. Tanto Tanto
    July 27, 2019

    Mr. Isaac when you were with Workers you were more fluent and coherent since you left the party in the unceremonious manner that you did is pawol sot alone you talking bro.

    We agree that previous parties won without electoral reform however you have stated clearly in several media presentation and on the public record that electoral reform was of necessity since Skerrit took election campaign and winning elections to a new low. You remember how empathetically you expressed all the reasons why SKERRIT MUST GO? Joseph Isaac if you recall a statement that you made about DLP offering you a cool out (aka a bribe) and string you along until closer to election to release it so they can influence your vote?

    Joseph Isaac you are a very dishonest and politically unintelligent person. You continue to seal your political fate with every comment that you make on the political debate. I leave you with the words of another international wet like yourself; JI can buy, he can sell but he will…

  28. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 27, 2019

     I must say in this case he is ignorant of the comments he made prior to the following.

    “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.”

    He has ultimately contradicted himself, and that is one of the traits of people who are delusional, disoriented and lives in confusion!

    If calling for electoral reform to him now is a red herring; that only proves the man is a confounded hypocrite, because while he was in the opposition before he sold out, sold his corrupted soul for money, bought by Roosevelt Skerrit, he pushed for electoral reform.

    Why would anybody in the country, even his immediate family vote for a boy like that, one with no human morals or dignity?

    Isaac you are a joke; your portfolio  alone should tell you; you are used; named to something which is meaningless!
    None existent!

  29. Joseph John
    July 26, 2019

    Mr Joseph Isaac , you forgot to add that we just had local government election in the Kalinago Territory without election reform.
    The opposition had nothing to say about reform in this case. A far cry from their propaganda angry voices of “no election without electoral reform”.
    They are displaying their attributes of “too show too flam” ad hoc of illusions of issues, because they have nothing to offer but BLUE HERRINGS. Oh yes and sad blue bubbles that fade and die.

    • July 27, 2019

      Joseph, I like your “blue herring” definition. Isaac should have used the same, now that he belongs in the “red fish” :lol: :lol: :lol:

  30. Poli Sci
    July 26, 2019

    I must state categorically I am not anti-labour. But I must say that this guy is talking a lot of cr..p. He does not make one iota of sense. Election reform might not have been of importance 20 years ago, but might just be necessary now. The days when a cask of rum could buy votes are gone. We are in a technically more advanced society were something as simple as voters ID cards can aid in facilitating a more fair election process. Government ministers need to present themselves as being capable of governing rather than open their mouths and spew ignorance.

  31. viewsexpressed
    July 26, 2019

    Issac, for an educated man like you, holding a position in government, I am shocked to hear your response ” Electoral reform is ‘a red herring’ for the opposition”. What on earth is the matter with you sir? Has Skerrit screwed your head and brains and thinking to that very low level to Skerrit’s standards that you are now unable to think and conceptualise anymore. We know that from the time you disappeared from this credible UWP you find yourself in the political abyss of Skerrit’s weird company and immature thoughts. My advice to you is to get out and be that intellectual you are. From the time you link up to this fail political clown Skerrit, you are the one laughing at yourself. You abandoned the credibility within the UWP Team and you had the guts and blind loyalty to hook up and position yourself well within the company of Skerrit? Disgusting, how low can you stoop to Skerrit’s dirty politics. What a disaster.? What a political calamity…? What a failed immature Skerrit? Bye

  32. Ibo france
    July 26, 2019

    What a dishonest character! In no time, this guy has become a rubberstamp for all of Skerrit’s corrupt practices. A little money can make you denounce right and eulogize wrong. The man is even more corrupt and unscrupulous than I thought. He has become a permanent figure in the garden of liars and plunderers. Luckily, hardly anyone considers him as a serious candidate. It’s very possible that he may lose his deposit. Joseph Isaac, Blackmoore and Charles Savarin are the three most hated and unpopular scumbags in Dominica. All they are good at is to bend the truth to create a certain narrative to match their lying tongues. Let’s just dismiss Modern Day Judas for trying to please one man, Sherrie, who he claims is the best Dominican prime minister ever. Is joke he joking.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      July 27, 2019

      Ibo MALAPROP France, you sound like an empty broken barrel,
      Are you not reading the writing on the wall?
      5 More years for Labor, 10 More years, 15 more years…….
      We red red red…….. with Laborrrrrrrr

      • Ibo france
        July 28, 2019

        KID, do you put your conscience on pause every time you attempt to praise the unpraiseworthy regime of a most corrupt, dishonest, lying man, Roosevelt ‘Pathological Liar’ Skerrit? Seriously, Dominica has the richest soil, gets the most rainfall, has the most rivers, the rarest of flora and fauna, the most naturally aesthetic of all the islands in the Caribbean and yet economically, infrastructurally, developmentally, the country presently finds itself at the bottom rung of the ladder. It has the worst performing economy, lowest minimum wage, highest unemployment and underemployment, biggest Cabinet in ratio to the population in the sub region. You have to be a sadist or totally blinded by love of handouts to vote for such a pathetic group of people.

    • Lenpro
      July 27, 2019

      @IBO, everyman is responsible for their own destiny in life. Isaac has didplayed what politicians do. We bash, we insult just because we are not in agreement we other decisions. If the man fails in his decision he has only himself to blame. If he is victorious he will run his victory lap. We cant continue insulting and bashing others for their own decisions making. Find a partner, come with some good business ideas, something you think that will be successful in your contry and contribute to its future. These blogs on DNO remains only one place on DNO’s plattform and contribute no change to Dominica’s future.

  33. Bwa-Banday
    July 26, 2019

    Judas STOP being a hypocrite! We are living in a different era where demographics and the political landscape in Dca has changed drastically where Haitians seeking refuge will soon determine our government. Even the BIG and mighty USA is dealing with certain reforms to safeguard its elections and democracy by extension.

    You see, its people like you that give me a very bad taste in my mouth for politicians. Since you joined the SFP your colors have become more profound…..its all about you and the cabal staying in power. Be warned that your days in government are numbered Mr. Greedy!.

    • joseph charles
      July 27, 2019

      even judas turning in his grave with you all calling isaac judas

  34. Kalinago Justice
    July 26, 2019

    Some people’s tongue should full up their mouth when they open it to spew deception! Wasn’t he part of the opposition forces against the said amendments to the electoral laws :?: He’s admitting that changes are always needed but at the same time saying it’s not important :?: What do you have to lose ji,if there is electoral reform :?: Do you have a hidden agenda why you do not want electoral reform :?: Is it because you cannot win the Roseau North Constituency and that electoral reform will make it even more difficult for you as your intentions is to probably bribe,cheat and steal the seat by all illegitimate means :?: If this is your reason,then we indeed need electoral reform!!!

  35. u guys are crazy
    July 26, 2019

    So now they have you dropping hints about us not getting electoral reform eh? I expect the electoral commission to make a similar statement some time soon. So the electoral commission is going to do NOTHING eh? Not even remove the dead (death certificates are at the registry) from the list? Not even produce a voters ID so everyone can be adequately identified? And you just believe every Dominican will just take this lying down, right? ok.

  36. Gouvelma
    July 26, 2019

    Isaac, you need psychiatric help. Less than two years ago you were the champion for electoral reform. Today you are calling the continued fight for electoral reform a red herring. Are you serious or are you just trying to remain relevant in the media? What do you stand for? How can anyone take you seriously when you flip and flop so quickly? A true politician needs to be decisive and firm. You have aligned yourself with the right set of people. You remind me of Tony Astaphans who was on one side of a case in Dominica and on the other side of the same argument in Antigua. May I remind you that the love of money is the root of ALL corruption. You have proven that you are beyond corruption. You are rotten. The sooner elections are called so that people like you are confined to the dust bin of history the better.

  37. Self
    July 26, 2019

    When you loose, you will wish there was electoral reform. and you will be calling for it because you will be in opposition.

  38. Gouvelma
    July 26, 2019

    Isaac, you need psychiatric help. Less than two years ago you were the champion for electoral reform. Today you are calling the continued fight for electoral reform a red herring. Are you serious or are you just trying to remain relevant in the media? What do you stand for? How can anyone take you seriously when you flip and flop so quickly? A true politician needs to be decisive and firm. You have aligned yourself with the right set of peoe. You remind me of Tony Astaphans who was on one side of a case in Dominica and on the other side of the same argument in Antigua. May I remind you that the no e of no at is the root of ALL corruption. You have proven that you are beyond corruption. You are rotten. The sooner elections are called so that people like you are confined to the dust bin of history the better.

  39. %
    July 26, 2019

    Your diarrhoea of the tongue mr Crook JI, will soon end when Danny burry you at the “La Bass” (landfill) after the votes are counted in this year’s general election.You are trying hard to impress lazy Skerrit? While he too according to Ian Douglas is a crook, he will always be feeding you with a long spoon, because two crooks cannot reside in the same hole or home!
    OK JI the crook!

  40. Tell them for me
    July 26, 2019

    Isaac sold himself to the Father of Lies, the one who knows no truth, the one who came to steal, kill and destroy according to St John 8:44. That lying Satan is the cause of Rosie and Pierro home going, stealing elections and the destruction of Dominica. That’s the Devil Joseph Isaac aligned himself with so no surprise he too lying like the devil. DNO I deferring to that lying devil that Jesus spoke about in the bible.

  41. July 26, 2019

    “Sing Dolphus sing” sing till the moon get high; garcon you know fully well that it was the DLP who took the Election process to the next corrupted level that is why electoral reform is a must; just ask your newly found partners in crime Skerrit, Tony and Alick about the winning legacy emails for which these guys should have been brought before the Human Rights Court of Justice in the Hauge. What happen to you boy, you was walking with your eyes closed all the time until you see the JUMBI money nah?.

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