Electoral reform should be on CARICOM meeting’s agenda – Hector John

Hector John. *File photo

Elected Parliamentary Representative for Salisbury Hector John is justifying reasons for a protest action tomorrow to be staged by the members of the Movement to Restore Democracy and the United Workers Party.

The “peaceful picket” to take place near the venue for the 21st Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government carded for the Fort Young Hotel.

John told a press conference this morning at the Prevo Cinemall building it is important that CARICOM understands that this is not only being done for Dominica, but for the entire Caribbean.

“We can lose our democracy in the region if we don’t take the matter of electoral reform to the fore,” he said.

According to John, the electoral reform process is very serious and it should be on CARICOM’s agenda.

“We also have on island the secretary general of the OAS and the observers told us that elections were free and fair. The Election Day was free and fair but the process wasn’t fair,” he added.

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38 Comments

  1. Reform is essential
    March 12, 2010

    ‘Wait a minute’ sounds disturbed. Dominica just made reforms to its Local Gov’t although the country is said to have a fairly good system. But to some no changes should be made to make democracy stronger in Dominica. At one time or the other, as time changes, reforms must be carried out in all areas of life, in our institutions, policies and so on, otherwise problems. Don’t be so disturbed. So that even is now reforms have to be made to enable the process of fairness and justice to prevail for the benefit of those to come, let it be. Reforms are essential.

  2. Wait A Minute
    March 12, 2010

    To “Spraggs not for sale” stop being a hypocrite!!!! You mean to tell me that it’s only now people like yourself realize that the elections list was bloated, no ID cards etc, etc. were issues in Dominica’s elections after all those years of elections in Dominica (including 1995 when your party won and in 2000 when they were in power and did NOTHING to change the status quo)?

    This goes to show that these bluemealybugs who come on this site making those so-called ‘righteous’ comments for democratic reforms are totally lacking sincerity and are just political mouthpeaces for a dying party who, knowing that its chances of returning to power through the democratic process in the near future are very slim (if not non-existant), is now determined to create caos and civil strife motivated solely by greed for power.

    I must warn them that Dominicans are much smarter than that and all they can expect in future elections are more of the same results as December 18th 2009, if they continue on their ill-fated path.

  3. March 12, 2010

    What is Ron problem ? is he still going through menopause ? oh my god- Ron u are making a big,big fool of your self. The day will soon come when u will calm down,and realize Dominica is moving 2 a higher level. God bless DOMINICA.

  4. Forget me not
    March 11, 2010

    I am repeating what I said a couple weeks ago…this man is the future leader of DA……just wait a little…

  5. SPRAGGS not for sale
    March 11, 2010

    CARICOM Heads will be discussing the plight of Haiti at the meeting, but Haiti’s situation arose because of corrupt dictatorship. Elections often filled with irregularities were won over the years by Papa and Baby Doc in particular. The Caribbean and International community were not forceful in preventing such fraudulent practices. How much did CARICOM advocate against past President Aristide being forcefully thrown out of office through a coup? Even today, Aristide is still in exile and although he expressed intention to return to his homeland to assist his people in the wake of the quake CARICOM has not uttered a word in support of his request. Electoral reform was never a priority in Haiti and Presidenrts and Prime Ministers were allowed to govern in dictatorial ways. The earthquake only worsened the problem. Haiti, irrespective of CARICOM meeting in Dominica, will be ruled almost the same way, if serious electoral reform is not carried out and the Haitians allowed to participate fully in its development. Imagine, the Lavalas Party of president Aristide was just banned from taking part in elections that was supposed to take place before the quake.

    Hector John is totally correct that election reform process is very serious and CARICOM should discuss those issues relating to good governance and strategies to strengthen democracy in the region, Dominica included. Issues of crime, violence, trade, tourism, debt, integrity, and accountability in Gov’t, undermining of democracy are all linked to the matter of elections and electoral reform. Hector will never be bought. Those who did not want to see him win in Salisbury are now vexed that he is staying out of parliament to protest peacefully his disgust at our elections process not being free and fair.

    CARICOM and OAS observers recommended the same things the opposition complained about and still are, voter ID cards, equal access to national radio station, cleaning up of the bloated voters list. To this day, the authorities are resisting to put in place the necessary things to ensure free and fair elections. Haiti experienced dictatorship and is paying a heavy price.

  6. Mac-Arthur Haughton
    March 11, 2010

    This young parliamentarian is being lead astray, it is a shame he can not see it. Some one should advise him to make his way to parliament and represent all of his community, not just the U.W.P voters. There are many people wishing they were in his position, including Ron Green but they would never say.

  7. Blue Turning Redish Green
    March 11, 2010

    Neg Bawi just not serious. I think he just happy to be there….I guess it was a slow news day

  8. STAY TUNED
    March 11, 2010

    THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD IS LOOKING AT THE IGNORANCE BEING DISPLAYED ON THIS FORUM.

    LET US HOPE THAT THEY DON’T THINK THAT THIS HORSE MANURE REPRESENTS THE VIEWS OF MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY.

    LORD HAVE MERCY.

  9. postage
    March 11, 2010

    I’m laughing at u Spags, u all are turning into clowns. I thought by now u all would be relived from that gros pwel. lol go ahead and set Caricom’s agend. hahahaha

  10. moses bethelmie
    March 11, 2010

    stupid DUMMY IN CANS thats how these guys acting . t

  11. Del
    March 11, 2010

    If Spraggs and de others were representing in parliament we could at least tolarate this statement. reporesent in the house for us boy and stop making Ron and Eddie make you look like a fool. I did not vote UWP and will never vote you, but you have all of us Dominicans looking like fools. PLEASE STOP NOW!

  12. onelove
    March 11, 2010

    SPRAGGS . . .my respect for you is growing by leaps and bounds; you are earning your respect. Dominica NEEDS young men like you … Keep ringing that bell. There are more with you than against you>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Your education is doing you well and your selfless genuine commitment to country is admirable, an example worthy of being followed at all levels

  13. labour power
    March 11, 2010

    Will those of you writing on behalf of the DLP stop Embarrassing us labourites?
    Are you trying to tell the world that we only have one option to lead our party/country?

    Skerrit has clearly made a fool of us by hiding and. fooling us about his dual citizenship.
    This is far Worst than when Earl embarrassed the UWP. They got rid of him without hessitation and their campaign depicted an educated deputy leader.
    What are we doing? Are we going to be the laughing stock of the world on the 17th?
    Don’t you realize we will be the 1st party in mordern history to have its only leader facing the gallows if the law is upheld?

  14. Thoughtful
    March 10, 2010

    “The Election Day was free and fair but the process wasn’t fair.”

    LMFAO

  15. Mahaut People
    March 10, 2010

    Uncle Eddie should do himself a favour by looking up the true meaning of ” a one party state”. A one party state is one in which no official opposition is tolerated. By that i mean there is no regisrered opposition party or group. Can we honestly say that about Dominica? Don’ t Uncle Eddie and company critisize government as they want , when they want ? Has any one ever been arrested for critisizing the dlp administration? Eddie and co. must stop being dishonest.

  16. March 10, 2010

    Would you image that Hector “Spaggs” John wants to set Caricom agenda ? Spaggs, you are my very good friend, but you are making a total fool of yourself…it is time to wake up and smell the coffee. Who are you to tell Caricom, what to do when you are not even in the Dominica parliament.

    When will we learn to conduct ourselves properly? Stop the crap, and move on with the program…I smell a rat, and that rat is going to rot in your face.

  17. COC, Harlem!
    March 10, 2010

    stupes!

  18. Doctor
    March 10, 2010

    Man u getting a chance to be the leader of the oppopsition and you have Ron and edison playing laguob with u. leave those old men alone brother.

  19. youth
    March 10, 2010

    Dominicans nt ready yet to demonstrate they coward and some just seat down there waiting for other ppl to do the job for them after its all done then they showing their face…they just have mouth and no actions some even afraid to talk look at a set of ppl.. others all they lik is bad they dnt want to see others make progress they rather the country stay how it is(IN A POOR STATE) and see ppl suffer and the rich get richer…JEALOUSY AND STUPIDITY THAT HAVE DOMINICA SO

  20. niceness
    March 10, 2010

    wow sprags i would think after studing at Monroe in new york and living out of Dominica for couple years you would get out of the party politics, Ron and Eddie is going no where and the hole of Dominica knows that, so why a young upcoming man like you would embarass your self with statements like that, what does CARICOM have to do with the Dominica elections, man you went to school, stop acting like a fool, the elections was monitored and it was done fairly, you guys were beaten senselessly, the best things you all should have done is to look at what went wrong why the people of Dominica did not go out to the polls and vote for your party, evaluate yourselves and stop trying to make a stupid decision, the people of salsbury needs representation so focus on that or you will lose in the by election watch out boy.

  21. only
    March 10, 2010

    I think that you could better use your time by being present at the meeting rather than picketing outside, that is if you were invited. Find out the agenda and directly participate at the conference.
    Make your voice heard.

  22. March 10, 2010

    Hector i hope you recover from this political blunder.

  23. dlp coupe
    March 10, 2010

    How long did the DLP know of Skerit primary french citizenship?
    Does not french law. Prohibit dual citizenship if hold civil or military post in foriegn power. ..unless actually doing so as an agent of france?

    Who can take his place as dlp leader?

    Look at the facts of almost all of da’s resources have been signed over.
    Grothermal fisheries terretorial waters.
    Water.
    Quarries
    Wood.
    Recently discovered oil and gas reserves
    Who has been fooled?
    Is he really a poor young man from the north east or a french agent who is simply doing his mandatory french national service as pm of a Nation that france fought 7 wars to get control of its resources?

    I call for the dlp candidate who got the most votes to take back our party from this french agent

  24. Ron
    March 10, 2010

    But spaggs look like he ready to eat somebody. Man use that bone head of yours and represent your people instead of making a fool of yourself…..good grief!

  25. Nitara
    March 10, 2010

    Well we continue being the laughing stock of the cbbean…..siiiiiiggggghhhh

  26. March 10, 2010

    It’s so amazing that we have so much to say about the opposition parties and their quest for DEMOCRACY but we cannot take the time to speak out about the Villages that are having water problems, yes , their are water shortage in some areas of the ISLAND and we pretend it’s not happening because if we speak out we would offend the Water Agencies and the Government but hearing them discussing the possiblity of shiping out our water to other Islands is ok, we were always told charity begins at home but we choose to keep silent where is the jjustice in that…..

  27. Concerned
    March 10, 2010

    Hector go and represent the people in your constituency and accept defeat.

  28. Protest Action!
    March 10, 2010

    ‘The Election Day was free and fair but the process wasn’t fair,” Can you believe this JOKER!

  29. nigel
    March 10, 2010

    is this how losers act? it was an election and the people elected. get over it. u lucky u won not because of your hard work

  30. CI
    March 10, 2010

    WHY CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

  31. March 10, 2010

    Interesting perspective, but this is a waste of time.

  32. plz
    March 10, 2010

    I don’t understand these politicians….u now have the opportunity to desmonstrate ur democratic right by going to parliament. You all refuse to go then start complaining.

  33. BIG MAN
    March 10, 2010

    What a waste…
    NegBawi, go find a job and improve yourself. Please don’t play staff member to John McCain and Al Gore.

    They are not needed in politics anymore

  34. Young Man in Dominica
    March 10, 2010

    stupes please dat protest not going to have 20 persons just watch and see i dont think it have more than 20 fools in dominica so allu cant get more persons than that

  35. tilly
    March 10, 2010

    young man go get some work to do tomorrow, so many roads building in the country, lazy men with no ambition.

  36. March 10, 2010

    shot up spags what’s wrong with all u? hope u know what u are doing ?

  37. Dominican lover
    March 10, 2010

    Stop being a cry baby. the election was as fair when bush became President of America, now learn from the democratic party they got doem to the business of reforming their party. Grow up if anyone is to take u lot seriously.

  38. Wait A Minute
    March 10, 2010

    Hey Spaggs, stop making a fool of yourself with these retired folks like Ron, Eddie and Prevo and go to the real ‘Peoples parliament’ the Dominica House of Assembly to represent the people of Salisbury (all the people that is and not only the few **** whose eyes are clogged in blue whom you are presently listening to)

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