United Workers Party (UWP) Leader Ron Green has categorically stated that he has no doubt that Hector John will win the Salisbury constituency at the July 9 bi-elections.
“I am not afraid; I have no fear for Salisbury. I have seen the courage, I have seen the hard work … I have seen all the qualities of Salisbury that make it the heart and soul of the United Workers Party,” Green told a cheering crowd at a public meeting in Salisbury.
John triumphed over Dominica Labour Party’s Bentley Royer and Dominica Freedom Party’s Nettisha Walsh in Salisbury, Morne Rachette and Coulibistrie at December 18 General Elections, making him an elected member of Parliament. However, the UWP decided to boycott three consecutive sittings of Parliament without excuse. Thus House Speaker Alix Boyd-Knight declared the winning UWP seats of Edison James and John vacant, causing the announcement of a bi-election by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
While UWP’s representative for the Roseau Central Constituency, Norris Prevost boycotted the Parliament twice, he went to take his Oath of Allegiance on the third occasion.
Green told the constituents of Salisbury that they should have no fears, quickly advising them not to be complacent.
“On the 9th of July you have an opportunity as the people of Salisbury, as the people of La Savanne to move one step further. There was First Communion on the 18th of December and on the 9th of July is Confirmation to confirm Hector “Spags” John is the parliamentary representative of Salisbury.
“Let us not be complacent, let us not say we win already; let us make it clear that we come to confirm brother Hector “Spags” John,” Green noted.
He described July 9 as a special day, adding that all of us should understand that we are at a special moment in Dominica’s history.
He encouraged the constituency’s electorate to send a message to the Dominican leader about their dissatisfaction with rise in crime, lack of employment, decline in agriculture industry and the poor quality of education.
“That moment is when you’ll make a clear, clear signal that this movement towards a dictatorship is not in our favour. This tendency that we see towards a one-party state, this habit of secrecy, and this habit of greed that is being manifested by the state led Labour Party is not for us,” Green stated.