A local group says it has began publicizing the names of people which it claims have accepted bribes and tickets from the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) to come and vote in Dominica during the upcoming general election.
But campaign manager for the DLP, Vince Henderson, has rubbished the claims saying the party is not involved in such activities.
“The Dominica Labour Party is not in the business of bribing anybody,” he told DNO on Wednesday.
The group, which calls itself “The Citizens Forum for Good Governance,” has already read out the names of 18 people on privately-owned Q95.
Member of the group, Atherton Martin, who read the names, also warned that people will pay the “price for their actions aimed at rigging the elections and stealing the democratic franchise of Dominicans.”
According to Martin, videos and photos will be taken of those who come to Dominica to vote “illegally and improperly” and they will be made available to the US Department of State and the US Embassy in Barbados.
Martin pointed out that the group’s job is to prevent “the rigging of elections and violation of electoral laws.”
However, Henderson said all Dominicans have the right to vote as long as it is done within the laws of the island.
He pointed that what political parties can do, is to facilitate people to vote.
“The Dominica Labour Party, if it wishes to exercise its rights to facilitate Dominicans overseas to come home to vote, it may do that if necessary,” he said.
Henderson noted that he hopes when court action is taken, those individuals making the accusations will respond.
“What I hope is that when people starting making lawsuits against these people for their accusations, for their slander and the libel they are committing against them, I hope they will be prepared to respond to court,” he said.
Henderson said the DLP is convinced that it will win the election and there is no reason for such actions like the ones that are being alleged.
“At this time we are convinced that we are winning the election and therefore we are not bothered by that,” he said.
Meanwhile, the United Workers Party (UWP) said it is worried “about irregularities in the form of bribery of individuals to come to Dominica to vote.”
UWP hopeful for Grand Fond, Dr. Thomson Fontaine, claimed that Dominicans who have been residing overseas for the last five consecutive years are being brought in to vote.
He said those who accept such bribes have disqualified themselves from voting.
Fontaine is also concerned that up to early this week independent observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Carter Center have not been invited to monitor the election.
General election will be held in Dominica on December 8.