An independent group of Dominicans has launched a petition calling on the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Gerald Burton, to take the necessary action by November 01st, 2019, to implement electoral reform for the next general election or resign.
The document, dated October 25th, is demanding that Burton vacate office within the next seven days from the original date of the letter unless he immediately begins implementation of the voter verification process and the issuance of voter identification cards.
The petition charges that the Electoral Commission, under Burton’s chairmanship, has failed to execute its responsibilities in the interest of the Dominican people and is engendering the possibility of going into the next general election “under conditions that will encourage the most fraudulent election in the history of Dominica since Universal Adult Suffrage.”
According to the petition document, Burton’s conduct during the recent visit of the Joint Mission from the OAS, CARICOM and the Commonwealth Secretariat has raised serious concerns as he ignored the report and recommendations submitted by the Joint Mission that would help make it possible for the people of Dominica to pursue free and fair elections.
The chairman of the Electoral Commission is being requested to tender his resignation to the President of Dominica so that he can appoint a replacement who will do the work of the people.
“Meanwhile, we shall make a formal request to the President to have you removed from your office for bad behaviour in accordance with the Constitution,” the petition states.
The full petition document is posted below.