It was the talk on the streets, on the radio, in offices.
There was much speculation and the guesses were even more.
But those who were expecting a general election date to be announced at the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) rally in St. Joseph were left disappointed.
“Ladies and gentlemen this government is not talking elections this evening,” prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit said. “We are talking projects and programs. We are talking progress for Dominica and an enhanced quality of life for its citizens and residents.”
According to the prime minister, he threw a sprat, “on ti kayee,” in the water and the United Workers Party (UWP) “bought the bait hook, line and sinker.”
“A mutual friend kept asking me the question, when will elections be held and what is the May 5th event all about,” he stated. “I suspected these were questions planted by the UWP and I responded saying I am going to ring the bell on May 5th. Lo and behold 12 hours later, I got a call saying Lennox Linton said on radio that their ‘intelligence’ had determined that general elections would be announced on May 5.”
He went on to say that if the UWP wants elections to be called at the rally they better “call them yourself.”
The prime minister joked that the only person he has whispered the election date to was his five-month-old son, Dmitri.
“And I know for sure he isn’t going to mention it to anyone, not even his mom,” Skerrit said.
He stated that the DLP has done a lot since the last general election and there is plenty more to be done before it seeks a fresh mandate.
He noted that he knows Labourites are ready for an election but they should keep their eyes on him alone.
“Keep your eyes on me and you will know the date of the next general election in Dominica,” Skerrit stated, stressing that he is not prepared to relinquish a single seat to the opposition UWP.
“I am saying to Roseau Central, to Marigot and to Salisbury that Labour will be coming to take those seats because Labour deserves those seats, Labour deserves another five more years in government,” the prime minister said.