The Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) has said it will not contest the upcoming general election and has called on Dominicans to “reflect long and hard” on the “many issues” which its says continue to face the island.
“The Dominica Freedom Party has noted the dissolution of Parliament and Monday, December 8, 2014 as the date set for the holding of General Election in Dominica,” the party said on Monday. “As Dominicans prepare to exercise their right to vote, the Dominica Freedom Party urges all voters to reflect long and hard on the many issues which have affected and continue to affect the economic, political, democratic and social development of our beloved country.”
The DFP said now is the time for “serious reflection on where we want to go as a people led by a government which is honest and transparent in its governance of our nation.”
“It is a time to decide on leadership that will not only determine how we develop physically but spiritual and moral values needed to shape our character as a nation,” he party said.
The party called on all voters to denounce the following in light of the upcoming polls:
• The absence of a sanitized electoral list and voters ID card
• Any political manipulation and exploitation of the voters through bribery to highjack the electoral process and to negatively influence the outcome of the election result
• All forms of violence aimed at intimidating voters from freely exercising their franchise
• The politics of hate and lies and all forms of character assassination
• Biased and discriminatory reporting by the government owned radio station and the media in general
“The campaign and general election are taking place in a season leading up to the most important in the Christian calendar, a season of peace and goodwill,” the DFP sad. “This follows closely on our Independence celebrations which called on all citizens to reflect on the theme “our nation our responsibility”. Now more then ever, the Dominica Freedom Party is calling on all eligible voters to seriously consider their responsibility as citizens of our nation and in the exercise of their democratic right to choose wisely and to elect in this election period the best candidates and party to govern the affairs of our country for the next 5 years.”
The DFP said it will “be vigilant in safeguarding the electoral process while refraining from any acts of violence in the period leading up to the general election and on the Election Day itself.”