Linton to Skerrit: Stop playing games with election date

Skerrit speaking at the launch of Kent Edwards

The Leader of the United Workers Party, Lennox Linton, is accusing Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of playing games with the people of Dominica by withholding the date for the general election.

Prime Minister Skerrit announced during the official launch of Dominica Labour Party (DLP) candidate Kent Edwards in La Plaine over the weekend, that elections will be held in Dominica within the next 100 days.

But Linton said at a press conference this week that elections are too much of a serious matter to be treated so trivially.

 “I am not entirely sure what that means. It sounds to me that the person who made the announcement continues to play games with the people of Dominica on an important matter like the date for general elections,” he said.

Linton has always maintained that under a UWP government, the election date will be fixed.

“This business of one man or one woman having a date for election in his or her pocket and playing games for two and three years with people must stop…”

He stated that if he becomes the next prime minister, no individual will serve for more than two consecutive terms in the seat of the Prime Minister. “We are committed to that,” he declared.

Meantime, Linton said the UWP is ready for the elections.

“We have candidates in all of the 21 constituencies. We are ready for the contest, but we have also been saying that there will be electoral reform before the next general elections,” he said.

Linton asserted that civil society organizations in Dominica agree that there should be reform, along with the international community represented by the organizations that have been in Dominica observing elections and providing their recommendations.

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53 Comments

  1. St Georges Vote
    October 22, 2019

    Fellas you asked me to come home and vote because it’s my civil rights, I need to take time off from work, booked my flight promptly for affordability and arrange for a caretaker. Therefore, I must also give my boss advance notice on my plans, come home and cast my vote. So please guys let me know when I need to tell my boss that I’ll not be attending work because I need to be part of the celebration after the election results are announced. I can’t wait to join you guys!

  2. Time for action
    October 20, 2019

    Mr. Linton. You are an excellent speaker, but it is time to stop talking. This man, Skerrit is taking the conscious citizens of Dominica for a joke. It is time for action!

  3. Imsomnis
    October 19, 2019

    Fly your kite Skerrit, fly your kite.

  4. Fed up citizen
    October 18, 2019

    He’s hungry for power just like Skerrit. Young people wanna build generational wealth and with an incompetent government like the Labour Party in power we will never have the opportunities to bring that to fruition. Dominicans are acting too illiterate! Governance is not about handouts but about creating strong policies that will help boost the overall growth of the nation. A nation dependant on welfare and handouts is doomed! Skerrit has forgotten that he is the leader of a team and teams work together. However, he fails to include his team members in any decision making and does things on his own.. A selfish and greedy man.. I am an angry labourite believe it or not.. Angry and educated enough to know when wrong is wrong.. And believe you me, a lot of young people who are labourites are angry because these actions are going to affect our future. Labour might win again due to all the bawball, but you all will lose a lot of supporters.. That is getting out of hand!

  5. KID ON THE BLOCK
    October 18, 2019

    Gracon, Them PEOPLE want their money back. THEY already see YOU cannot and will not win the election that is why They are after you. It’s PAY BACK time. Them man ain’t joking. Give THEM back THEIR MONIES or bear the consequences and stop saying is DLP THAT DO THAT.

    • Real Dominican
      October 20, 2019

      @Kid on the Block, stop blaming UWP and the Honorable, next PM of Dominica, for Labour ugly crimes and deceit. You know full well that is DLP and its puppets who orchestrated this event.

      God is not asleep, DLP must lose this election. MARK MY WORDS.

    • Real Dominican
      October 20, 2019

      @ Kid on the Block, you seem to be very fooled by the idiocy of Skerrit and his mercernaries. Your heart will fail you on election night.

  6. October 18, 2019

    Bring me home and with God by our sides, We the righteousness of God In Christ will be fair to ALL God’s Sons and Daughters.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      October 19, 2019

      Yes; most of you in other people country living worst off than if you remain in Dominica, poor like a crab louse unable to live of the blood of its victim.

      You look forward to that free ticket, that free ride home provided by Skerrit, so that you can keep him in power only to destroy the country!

      The nasty thing about that is, by the time you finish voting, you are put back on a plane or boat, and shipped out back to where live worst than a rat, talking about God in your hypocrisy; leaving the unfortunate to suffer hardship at the hands of the most heavyhearted corrupted tyrant Roosevelt.

      You should not have any problems getting a ticket to return, since Justenia Charles Musgrave might be distributing tickets right now.

      Oh, though hypocrite the judgment of God shall destroy the hypocrite!

  7. KID ON THE BLOCK
    October 18, 2019

    The guy says HE is scared and concerned of his life.
    One thinks he should. Because when you cross a DEAL and it doesn’t materialize you should be concerned. Having received in the past for your election and you lost. Now you asking for more. You got more. What do you expect when the very same PEOPLE realize you are a Loser again? These PEOPLE don’t play games. The PEOPLE want their monies back. Now you like a fugitive and pointing fingers at the DLP. Boss fry in your oil. What you sow that’s what you reap. The PEOPLE want their monies back. Time to pay back or face the consequences.

    • Braindage
      October 19, 2019

      Nonsence.. tell Skerrit to give the date to kick him out..

  8. October 18, 2019

    This man is so hungry for power. That’s all it is. But the UWP supporter fall’s to realise that he is the biggest setbacks for the party.

    • jamie
      October 18, 2019

      AND WHAT ARE YOU,A SKERRIT A.$ WIPE?kEEP PUTTING LENNOX DOWN,HE WILL HAVE HIS DAY.

    • %
      October 18, 2019

      @Da Roots
      You mean he is so hungry for power, he sent for two criminals to plant evidence at his home? Even seem like one of the criminals was armed. But the crowd on the Bayfront on Tuesday night showed me that many thousands of Dominicans will vote against criminality!!!
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?

    • Fed up citizen
      October 18, 2019

      He’s hungry for power just like Skerrit. Young people wanna build generational wealth and with an incompetent government like the Labour Party in power we will never have the opportunities to bring that to fruition. Dominicans are acting too illiterate! Governance is not about handouts but about creating strong policies that will help boost the overall growth of the nation. A nation dependant on welfare and handouts is doomed! Skerrit has forgotten that he is the leader of a team and teams work together. However, he fails to include his team members in any decision making and does things on his own.. A selfish and greedy man.. I am an angry labourite believe it or not.. Angry and educated enough to know when wrong is wrong.. And believe you me, a lot of young people who are labourites are angry because these actions are going to affect our future. Labour might win again due to all the bawball, but you all will lose a lot of supporters.. That is getting out of hand!

    • Braindamage
      October 19, 2019

      Dominicans need a change of government.. to whip Skerrit out.. you talking about set back..

  9. Oh ti largent la
    October 17, 2019

    Mr. Skerrit. Where is our 1.2 BILLION DOLLARS?
    Where is the report you were going to use to “embarrass Lennox”? What happened to that report, you did not like what you saw in it?

    • Virgin alexander
      October 18, 2019

      Not just asking skerrit where is the 1.2 billion dollars.
      Let us also ask his madam ambassador
      Where is the money and the equipment for the NAYS Program
      NNnational alliance for youth sports that she was in charge of
      Birds of a feather flock together
      Before she goes on the platform to open her mouth to tell any lies
      First tell us the people of the castle bruce constituency where de money for de sports program. And also the castle bruce reunion go?
      Hope you did not forget Goodhope was part of the sports program.
      Only your greedy,selfish self and your family benefited.
      We will be at the public meeting in Casle bruce and we will be awzitinb the answers.
      Bunch of greedy and wi ked people
      You better tell you cousin pastor not to come because we waiting for him this time
      If he is truly a man of God he cannot associate with all of that evil.
      He needs to preach a message of repentance to the labour party.

  10. Ibo France
    October 17, 2019

    I often listen and look at how Mr. Linton and PM Skerrit conduct themselves. It’s like day and night, chalk and cheese. Mr. Linton is much more mature, polished, coherent and intellectually superior
    in comparison to the bellicose, inarticulate and mendacious Skerrit. People, wise up! Vote for progress, vote for people of integrity, vote for UWP.

    • Nana-Lain
      October 17, 2019

      Mr . Skerritt depicts a father-figure any child should not be afraid to go to with any problem, whereas…the dictator, hope his children can even speak loudly at his house…the slave master, the chief , mr boujsoirsee who kick you in your face if you dare not do what he says

    • October 18, 2019

      I like the comments; especially Ibo France’s comment. Something just came to my mind Ibo- Prosperity and Integrity with UWP.

      • Ibo France
        October 18, 2019

        That should be their slogan. Sounds brilliant to me. We need integrity from our politicians and prosperity for ALL our people no matter your political preference. Can’t beat that. Any political party that forms the government should govern for all the people and not just for it’s supporters alone.

  11. October 17, 2019

    “He said if he becomes the next prime minister, no individual will serve for more than two consecutive terms in the seat of the Prime Minister.”

    Mr. Linton Sir, would you have the authority to do that? Just asking!

    • Anon
      October 18, 2019

      You seem to be unaware of how things work. You do realise that parliament passes laws right? It is highly possible to legislate that an individual cannot serve as PM for more than two terms. As Prime Minister, yes, he would be able to do that.

    • viewsexpressed
      October 18, 2019

      Elizabeth are you that politically ignorant? Do you read the bigger picture before you talk, or just so blind by failed Skerrit and all you corrupted Labour Party. I fully concur with this statement: Elizabeth read and be guided and educated. “I often listen and look at how Mr. Linton and PM Skerrit conduct themselves. It’s like day and night, chalk and cheese. Mr. Linton is much more mature, polished, coherent and intellectually superior (so true!)in comparison to the bellicose, inarticulate and mendacious Skerrit. Elizabeth, do you understand this, and able to comprehend its obvious meaning, or are you just this blind political follower with no substance.
      People, wise up! Vote for progress, people of integrity, vote UWP. The leadership of this failed Labour government is too obvious and over 19 years have not developed our Dominica. We are still in deep poverty together with Haiti where we saw the same immature President in the name of Baby Doc killed Haiti. Skerrit must go…

      • Ibo France
        October 18, 2019

        %, you are particularly brilliantly today. Your posts often have resonance with the people. Don’t stop be an advocate for good governance, free and fair elections, and piece of the national pie for all. Let the jackazzes bray. Don’t ever let them deter you from your mission to see Dominica rise again like a soaring majestic bird. Bless Up, Bro.

      • October 19, 2019

        @viewsexpressed, who or whatever you are, yes, I have been reading and all I perceive in those long blocks of words, that you pile up in your entries, is nothing but madness. Why would I care for your advice?

    • DA Girl
      October 18, 2019

      I’m not versed on the law or the constitution so may be someone who does can answer: Is this something that needs be changed on a constitutional level? I think so. Just as the constitution says that if someone has been out of the country for more than five years they are considered ineligible to vote, it should also explicitly state the term limit. Also, I totally disagree with this 5 years clause – it is unfair. There are so many young persons either living or studying abroad and paying student loans. Even people who lived abroad for more than five years and remit monies and goods home are contributing to the economy. How can you deny these people their constitutional right?! This needs to be revisited! I am a born and bred Dominican – how dare you tell me that I don’t have a say in the affairs of my country!

      • Kalinago Justice
        October 19, 2019

        Sending remittance to your family does not mean contributing to the island, even if the money is spent there. This is not enough to qualify you for voting. Whichever country you reside and make your home, that is the country which governs you. If we want to copy the American model and that of other industrialized countries, this means that you should be paying and filing taxes there. Until the laws and constitution changes where we have absentee ballot, meaning one can stay wherever they are and vote, instead of having to be recruited by any Political Party with paid tickets,then you can’t participate in the Electoral process.

  12. KID ON THE BLOCK
    October 17, 2019

    Tell Lennox Linton to WILL AND COME AGAIN. He SHALL NEVER EVER be Prime Minister of River-nica. Not even in his wildest dreams he will see that happen.

    • ibo france
      October 18, 2019

      No matter how big and heavy your sledge hammer is, you just cannot pound common sense in some people’s head. There are some Dominicans who have made ignorance and stupidity their bosom friends. Imagine, after twenty years of unbroken rulership by the DLP, they have reduced Dominica almost to a primitive state. The economy, agriculture, manufacturing, fishing, education, healthcare, infrastructure, every sector is in shambles. It takes a nincompoop like this dimwitted guy to support this failed, corrupt, pathetic regime.

      • KID ON THE BLOCK
        October 18, 2019

        Ibo MALAPROP France, are you listening to yourself?
        Don’t find you sound like a broken record?
        Do yourself a favor. Stop being an embarrassment on this site.
        By the way there are 94 more days left of the 100 days for victory.

  13. Labour wicked
    October 17, 2019

    UWP’s motto is ” create a BETTER life”.
    DLP’s motto is ” learn to live with LESS. DLP, shut up please then go to he**!

  14. The Truth Be Told
    October 17, 2019

    % stuck record! Nothing new! Nothing of substance! What is the alternative providing? Where is the plan for Income & expenditure. This is not a house but a country with diverse (different Ministries) needs etc! this is not just a playground % or a matter of I prefer who. It is who can manage the resources in an equitable manner and who can priotorise. Not just using monies like they did before. Budgeting comes into play. One has to pay Civil Servants monthly, pay their much need social security expenses so they can get benefits when they have to. I challenge you % & the Leader of the alternate party to come up with some ideas – Not stuck record ideas – where di money – Skerrit must go (why); ID cards & all the senseless stories. It is development time; not time for just wanna be in a position (seat). To be in a seat one must be able to lead. Why did the Leader go educate himself about gov’t matters & how to budget etc, spend etc. Diff between actual & Budgeted etc.

    • %
      October 17, 2019

      You obviously do not read..You seem to even be brain dead.
      Go on to http://www.uwpdominica.com. You will be filled and pleased with UWPs plans to advance Dominica.
      Did Skerrit the false God tell you do not read?
      Your blog is long, but ladened with rubbish.
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?

      • Patriot
        October 18, 2019

        Thank you for pointing this out to him @%

    • Kalinago Justice
      October 19, 2019

      @socalled truth; based on your comment, this means your one-man rogue regime prime mistake should not be neither a minister nor prime mistake :?: He does not hold none of the qualifications that you are demanding to govern!!!

  15. Kwashiokor
    October 17, 2019

    That’s all he is doing playing cat and mouse but that date is a must let him enjoy his last days because he is on his way out! 8)

  16. Firm belief
    October 17, 2019

    Fully support the move for a fixed date for general election and for fixing the term of pm to 2 consecutive terms. This way corruption is minimized and easier discovered. I firmly believe uwp will put these measures in place.

  17. birdie
    October 17, 2019

    % I totally agree.
    No one takes these guys seriously after their botched video to incriminate Mr. Linton. They have ruined their credibility now, so when you hear them talk, just let it go through one ear and come out the next.

  18. Ibo France
    October 17, 2019

    General Elections profoundly affect our lives from cradle to grave. They should not be taken lightly. Apart from the cleansing of the voter’s list, the use of ID cards, other necessary electoral changes should include a Fixed Election Date and Campaign Finance Reforms. Only a corrupt regime will stubbornly resist sensible and fair Electoral Reforms because their victory, at the polls, is contingent on a fraudulent Electoral System. A country prospers when its electoral system creates a level playing field for all political parties and individual politicians. The incumbent Labour Party will go down in the annals of Dominica’s history as the most corrupt political entity ever. They wallow in polluted politics.

  19. Man bites dogs
    October 17, 2019

    Who the hell is that idiot Mr No body think he is if i was in Pm shoes I would of put that jerk flat out on his big nose already, this guy is just putting on a comedy show for his white masters Linton no matter what you and your comedy club come up with you guys going to get a good hiding at the next General election you Linton will be paying back those white people millions of dollars because of all your wickedness and nastyness over the years.

    • viewsexpressed
      October 18, 2019

      This statement is so true – Pease read carefully. “The incumbent Labour Party will go down in the annals of Dominica’s history as the most corrupt political entity ever. They wallow in polluted politics”.
      This is where this failed , irrelevant “Man Bites Dogs”, to better himself through reading, understand comparative rather than bark like a “woof woof” dog, as this “Man who Bites Dogs”, is shameful of his illiterate thoughts of the state and condition of our Dominica reduced to poverty by failed Skerrit and this corrupted incompetent failed Labour government. Labour must go and as Skerrit says: “Go to Hell, Go to Hell, Go to Hell, it is non of all you damn business”. YOU see where he and his failed DLP party is now? Well in the abyss of political corruption and failure. It is Hon. Linton and credibility Team that they are scared of. DLP`s failed leadership just cannot come into the political decency of Hon. Linton and his highly Professional UWP Team Dominica. Yes Change…

    • ibo france
      October 18, 2019

      This man is the most intelligent DLP supporter. Imagine that! No punctuation marks but at the very end. This guy writing ‘would of’ instead of ‘would have’, such ignorance. It’s unsurprising as DLP usually attracks these kinds of dullards. Empty oil drums make the most noise.

  20. WeNiceMan
    October 17, 2019

    I heard the future prime minister, Mr. Linton. say that when he gets into office his gov’t would pass a law to set election date. Boy would we all love that. But the truth is that would require a constitutional amendment.

    First he would need the requisite majority in the house and secondly once he is PM I don’t believe he would want to relinquish that power. I understand his frustration as the opposition but once in gov’t he is definitely going to look at it much differently.

    This is just the system we inherited from our colonial masters. Just look at them, Britain. They’ve had 2 elections and 3 prime minsters in less than 5 years. And if Boris Johnson had his way they have had another general election like yesterday.

    The point is the opposition just have to be ready for whenever the prime minister decides to “pull the trigger.”. This gov’t is ripe for defeat so he is just delaying the inevitable. And besides we know that is must happen by May 2020. So just stay…

    • Joseph John
      October 17, 2019

      You flatter Linton and his Tim Tim. They know nothing about the existence of the Constitution. In all their talks about electoral reform not once the word “Constitution” was mentioned. They have no idea that measures taken can be declared null and void if inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution.

  21. Shaka zulu
    October 17, 2019

    Giving skerrit power is like giving a mo key a gun. It makes him feel good and mighty and powerful. That’s all it is about. A responsible mature individual who understands his responsibility to the people will ensure there is a certain or fix date known way in advance so diasporans, electoral Commission and all who has to and want to tale part in thier country democracy can make needed plans and arrangements. I bet more dominicans eligible to vote leaving overseas would make it back on thier own dime. They can plan thier vacation and plan ahead. Short sighted doctor doctor Jack as.. feeling powerful. 20 years in office and our peter pan brained PM using a date for election to stroke his own ego. Political masturbation i call it.

    • Joseph John
      October 18, 2019

      Giving Linton power is like inviting King Kong to destroy Dominica.

  22. %
    October 17, 2019

    Linton is far more politically mature than false God and showman Skerrit. Skerrit is politically embattled and bruised. Furthermore the two foreigners criminality on Linton has been blamed on DLP..So the false God PM is in a mess. Let him soak in it!
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?

    • The Truth Be Told
      October 17, 2019

      % stuck record! Nothing new! Nothing of substance! What is the alternative providing? Where is the plan for Income & expenditure. This is not a house but a country with diverse (different Ministries) needs etc! this is not just a playground % or a matter of I prefer who. It is who can manage the resources in an equitable manner and who can priotorise. Not just using monies like they did before. Budgeting comes into play. One has to pay Civil Servants monthly, pay their much need social security expenses so they can get benefits when they have to. I challenge you % & the Leader of the alternate party to come up with some ideas – Not stuck record ideas – where di money – Skerrit must go (why); ID cards & all the senseless stories. It is development time; not time for just wanna be in a position (seat). To be in a seat one must be able to lead. Why did the Leader go educate himself about gov’t matters & how to budget etc, spend etc. Diff between actual & Budgeted etc.

    • The Truth Be Told
      October 17, 2019

      % remove the Creator in your comment! Capital G only relates to the Most High God. All other are gods – small g!

      • %
        October 17, 2019

        Oh please, I rebuke you and I rebuke false God Skerrit.
        Whey is di money?
        Whey is di money?
        Whey is di money?

    • Joseph John
      October 17, 2019

      I do not see what Linton is complaining about. If the PM was playing games he would have called a snap election when Fontaine left or when Issack cross the floor. The PM would not have given the uwp sufficient time to be ready. The uwp kept saying that they are ready when they were not. That is playing games. Now the uwp have completed their slate of candidates before the DLP with one more candidate to launch.
      Well this time Linton spinners of lies will not help him. He is afraid that he will lose some candidates within the 100 days time frame. I would not be surprise after the fake video deals. That would be the second. Remember the one with Sudanise and Obama AG trying to portray corruption. And the most recent one trying to show assassination. So who is playing video games (like Fortnight).
      There is no way we are going to do term limits, except if it is mandated on the ballot.
      So Linton and them may hold their breath until they turn a darker shade of blue.

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