Senior Council Anthony Astaphan has responded to a decision by the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) to boycott the parliament.
Astaphan said such a decision could be detrimental to the Opposition.
“If you miss three sittings of the House of Assembly through a boycott, you will forfeit your rights to sit in parliament and there would be by-elections. So if they decide to miss three sittings there will be by-elections and I can guarantee, of the three seats, we will get at least two,” Astaphan asserted.
“The opposition also has the rights to appoint senators and it means that they are not going to appoint these senators, and that to me is very strange. They should be more concerned about rebuilding their party rather than staying out of the house,” he said.
UWP officials have stated that they will not attend parliament for three main reasons- the unprecedented use of bribery to unlawfully influence the election results, the denial of the opposition of access to the state-owned media, and the paid movement of large numbers of overseas based persons to vote which substantially distorted the results in an unfair and illegal way.
The Opposition has also called for fresh elections following the December 18 poll that gave the Dominica Labour Party 18 seats and UWP, three.
Tags: Election 2009