Opposition United Workers Party Leader Ron Green has cried foul on Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit for what he dubs a “casual, flippant, and dangerous” attitude towards Dominica’s laws.
In a statement released today, Green criticized the prime minister for his appointment of a commissioner and deputy commissioner of police without consultation with the opposition.
“Roosevelt Skeritt’s casual, flippant and dangerous attitude regarding the laws of Dominica can only serve to put Dominica into further disrepute, and plunge our country into chaos and social unrest,” the press release stated.
Citing Section 66 (4) of Dominica’s constitution which states that there is a Leader of the Opposition until the holding of the first parliament after the General Elections, Green accused the prime minister of proceeding with ‘business as usual’ when all was not right with the results of the December 18 elections.
“While Mr. Skeritt intends to proceed with business as usual, Dominicans, the people of the Caribbean and beyond, are aware of the fraudulent, unfair and unlawful poll, the Election Petitions in the Court, the Boycott of Parliament, the formation of the Movement to Restore Democracy, and the outrage and disgust in many corners of the Country,” Green asserted.
“The UWP warns that this flagrant and deliberate disregard of the Constitution by Mr. Skeritt is a most serious threat to our Democracy, and a further slide towards dictatorship and a one-party state,” the UWP leader stated.
Following the Dominica Labour Party’s landslide victory at the December 18 poll, the opposition United Workers Party had announced that it would not sit in parliament in protest of the results and the manner in which the DLP conducted its campaign.
The UWP, along with other opposition forces, combined to form the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) which demanded fresh elections in 18 months. In the press statement released today, Green reiterated this call.
“The United Workers Party (UWP) renews its call for fresh elections within 18 months preceded by specified electoral reforms and assurances of adherence to the Laws against bribery in light of the fraudulent General Elections just held,” he stated.