Linton thinks election process was tainted

Linton said the election process was tainted
Linton said the election process was tainted

While noting that the United Workers Party (UWP) had fought a good fight in the just concluded general election, leader of the party, Lennox Linton said the process that led to the result was tainted.

“This election is as a result of a process that we are all aware was tainted,” he told privately-owned Q95.

Preliminary result from the general election, which was held on Monday, showed the Dominica Labour Party winning 15 of the 21 parliamentary seats in Dominica. The UWP won the next six.

According to Linton, the process leading to the results “was tainted with behaviors that really have no place in a democracy.”

“But we continue to tolerate them and we continue to blame the opposition for not being able to do anything about it,” he said.

He said it doesn’t matter how much “we shout ourselves hoarse that bribery is wrong, that bribery is contrary to the latent spirit of Section 55 of the House of Assembly Elections Act, we continue to have bribery, we continue to have irregularities in terms of people brought from overseas coming in to vote.”

He noted that many who came from overseas to vote did not meet the criteria for casting ballots in Dominica but were allowed to vote.

Linton wondered whether the mandate now recieved by prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, will allow him to give the people free and fair elections.

“Or is it that we are going to wait another five years and then he will repeat the same procedure again because that is how you win elections in Dominica,” he pointed out.

He noted that the election has come and gone “leaving us with issues to resolve” such as the violating of the election code of conduct put together by the Christian Council.

He remarked that the UWP fought the good fight during the campaign.

“We are proud of the campaign that we ran, we hope that we have set an example for others to follow,” Linton said.

He hopes that the next time around “we are not going to be denigrated and dehumanized, and set aside by members of Mr. Skerrit’s political organization because that was the stock in trade of the election that has just ended.”

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156 Comments

  1. philme
    December 13, 2014

    Change is a must..change your opposition leader

  2. THE DUDE
    December 11, 2014

    The Election is over…stop crying Mr . Linton. ..you’ve won your seat ..so go ahead and proof yourself and help the country , you can start thinking about the country and stop making all about you…Once you put your name in the hat to run for Election it’s no longer about you , but about the Country.. So please stop the Whining…

  3. Dominica Massive
    December 11, 2014

    Election reform has serious implication.Why someone residing out of his/her Constituency present his constituents?Why when there is a village reunion most people involved are living overseas?Why we always call on them to make a contribution?Why we tell them dont forget where they came from?Why their money in the banks help others?Why we tell them come back home?Why we tell to buy land and build?Why we cannot have absentee ballots?Why we treat them as outcast?Why they cannot be involved in Nation building?I would like to know why a elected official lived overseas while he was a member of parliament?

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  4. sxm / da
    December 11, 2014

    All I can say the law’s that we got in place gave them the mandate to govern .
    We that are not supporters of this administration let’s continue working for
    change in are respectful way.

  5. In time to come
    December 11, 2014

    If the Prime Minister felt secure in his practices over the past few years, he would not have needed plane loads from the diaspora to come and vote. Many of these people have no interest in investing in Dominica. They probably don’t even send a barrel home at christmas. The election was not fair. It was bought! Dominicans don’t understand what to look for in a leader, therefore they don’ know how to select a leader. The prime minister needs to look at CNN when other world leaders give speeches, and emulate them. There’s no cheap shots! strictly professional. Why bring people to vote who board a plane and never look back? They are not the ones who will face the hardships that continue to plague the island.
    All the money wasted to buy the election could’ve been used to fix roads, the hospitals, open training centers, fix school, and pay the mountain of debt that Dominica has. Lazy, unambitious people who always want hand outs, are the lost gullible ones who can’t see past the foolery. We are going further down the drain, and the day will come when some people will finally see the light, but I’m sure it’ll be too late! Those who have no escape plan will eat grass like cows, if the grass is still green. ZOR FINI BAT!!!!

  6. the Emanuel's
    December 11, 2014

    what about the Emanuel’s in Goodwill it is 4 years now no justice

  7. winston warrington
    December 11, 2014

    Tainted or not, there was good and bad in the outcome. Good that the most promising young politician in Dominica won the opportunity to gain legislative experience and learn the art of parliamentary debate; for that I congratulate Joshua Francis. Good that the people thought it wise not to re-elect Ambrose George, a veritable disgrace to Dominican politics for the last several years. Good that Lennox Linton was given the opportunity to hone his political skills as Leader of the Opposition and add intelligently to debate in the House of Assembly, bad for the UWP that Grand Bay, Portsmouth, Calibishie and Castle Bruce voted against the notion that DLP was responsible for the dire state of the economy in those agricultural communities. Bad that Roseau emerged with no credible representation and good that DLP will have a great opportunity to concentrate on the rehabilitation of the city in collaboration with the Mayor. Overall, it was the best of choices and the worst of choices according to Charles Dickens. The noisiest authorities swore that “change is a must” and the loudest detractors plugged their ears while the dispensing the vilest profanities upon the PM in the superlative degree. To claim that the UWP lost because of cheating is a statement of desperate expediency and churlish immaturity; but labour’s work is never done. La luta continua!

  8. Fact finder
    December 11, 2014

    Based on the figures reported the total number of people who voted amounted to 41,408. The real victory in the 2014 general elections favored the UWP and I will explain why. Now for an analysis of the 2014 general elections. In 2009, UWP captured a total of 12660 votes (3 seats), DLP captured 22235 votes (18 seats). In 2014 UWP captured 17639 votes (6 seats) an increase of 4979 votes. In 2014 DLP captured 23769 votes an increase of 1534. The UWP had an increase of 28.2% while the DLP had an increase of 6.45%. Speaking about the 3500 diasporas. If there was no influx of the diaspora the DLP would have captured a total of 20269 votes based on the above figures. That would have demonstrated their lost of support with a decease of 1966 of their 2009 votes. So do the maths, the UWP are the only victors in this election. Congratulation guys great job, keep pushing there is definitely light at the end of this obviously very dark tunnel. This is a progress to inevitable change. Please do not give up, not everyone accepts change, so give the rest of them who didn’t vote for UWP some time to ponder. Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass.

  9. Baba Woulay
    December 11, 2014

    Enlighten me Mr. Linton what was so tainted about the election. Was it the distribution of bribery money -rolled up and bound with rubber bands- by your party’s representative in virgin Lane on Saturday? Was it the campaign of “Skerrit is the anti-christ…666” with no significant issues to talk about or CHANGE? Was it the fact that the very Christian Council that you spoke of, comprised of members who are ‘BLOOD SUCKERS’ as well as some who personally need to have the OINTMENT OF THEIR ANOINTMENT removed? And just in case you were not aware of it, some visiting Dominicans who did not meet the criteria for voting came across on a UWP ticket. So I guess I agree with you, the elections were in fact tainted.

  10. December 11, 2014

    It was never a level playing field UWP never stood a chance. Fight for Thompson seat, demonstrate every day outside the house of assembly this is democracy. Nip it 8 the bud if justice can not be served it will get worse not better over the next 5 year’s.

  11. anonymous2
    December 11, 2014

    When you have a situation where the leader of the country is also the minister of finance, controls the courts and has no term limitation, you have a dictator. Plain and simple. And a dictator will make sure that he stays in power with whatever it takes. Term limits should have been introduced long ago.

  12. December 11, 2014

    Stop making Lennox feel he is another Maurice Bishop. Lennox is no Bishop. Accept defeat and let me hear your concession speech, Lennox. If you had won, the election would have been free and fair. Sour grapes.

  13. Appaled & Disgusted
    December 10, 2014

    tsk, tsk, tsk. UWP supporters keep making comments about a fair election but they don’t seem to take note or keep in mind that Lennox Linton & the UWP did as well pay for persons to come back down to vote. Listen to your news people. The US ambassador to D/CA was appealing to both sides of the party to stop paying tickets for persons to come down to vote. So PLEASE stop the hypocrisy!!!! BOTH sides did it!!! Now the election is over and we have 5 more years. Roosevelt Skerrit has done more for us than Eddison James & his band of idiots have ever done. The only person on the UWP side with a brain is Joshua Francis.

  14. LaPte
    December 10, 2014

    I cant believe that the people of Pointe Michel voted DLP. There is NOTHING going on in La Pte that is productive. The roads look good and the houses on the hills look good but everyone by roadside drinking – alcholism has become the norm. Mr Pinard has gotten financially FAT – big houses, lot of land and these fools in the village screaming ” Labor Working”. I say shame on my people. We had plans for investing in Pointe Michel to put peoiple back to work and your own DLP – killed that dream. They want to keep these people drunk and uneducated. I have washed my hands off Pointe Michel. There is no olive branch here. Waht is going on in Dominica saddens me . It is a display of decay of education and the increasing drug use and alcoholism and unemployment. The rich soild above La Pte goes to waste while the young sons of the land asking for their SEWO……..SAD!!!!!

    • anonymous2
      December 11, 2014

      How right you are and it isn’t going to change anytime soon, only get worse.

    • THE DUDE
      December 11, 2014

      So if a person went to school and graduated from high school , and then 1 or 2 yrs later end up being a drug addict are you going to blame the parents. People need to start taking responsibility for their actions. You can’t blame Mr.Pinard for that. As a community everyone has a responsibility for each other and not just on one person.

    • The Facts
      December 11, 2014

      If this is how you feel, do not even travel there or through there. Remain where you are. :twisted: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  15. Malpardee
    December 10, 2014

    Dehumanized haha what a strong word. Mainly used in the slavery days. God works in mysterious ways…sometimes we need to sit and think why things are happening to us and stop blaming others. What we do in life, good or bad we must see the result it brings.Wake up and search yourself. Is a reason why uwp lost the election. Open yur eyes…..

    • anonymous2
      December 11, 2014

      The reasons why they lost is that a lot of people here in DA don’t want to bother to vote, the old registers were never purged, the poor were given a small payoff, and diaspora were chartered in to vote, plus the IMF funded the DLP election.

    • The Facts
      December 11, 2014

      :oops: To be honest, I gave you a thumbs down by mistake. I meant to give you a thumbs up. Sorry! You can deduct one from the thumbs down. :)

  16. Dominican to bone
    December 10, 2014

    Man u need accept u lose and move on, whoever tell u tht u were going win,as long as Lennox is leader tht party shall and nvr win, change is a must , change Lennox Linton tht the change uwp team dca need

    • December 11, 2014

      if you have a problem with lennox then that is you ! but we in the uwp do not have a problem with our esteem leader to bad for you all were are with him all the way.

    • fantastic4
      December 12, 2014

      UWP had the biggest win in the election; statistically they had a 100% success moving from 3 seats to 6 seats; while Labour moved from 18 to 15.whereas this is a 17% loss for DLP.

  17. RASTAFARILEADSTHEWAY
    December 10, 2014

    The election is over! Those who have acquired seats in parliament should simply do their jobs, lick the wounds that need to be licked and get on with the business of running the country. This constant mawi nonsense belongs in a rum shop somewhere. Lennox its time to grow up, put your big boy pants on , stop crying and do your best to represent.
    Skeritt won he is the better man, you can blame diaspora and this and that but the fact is UWP leadership and candidates are only thinking locally. The Government of Dominica today is an international government not a colony that is left to its own affairs… we are in charge of our destiny and Skeritt has realized it, that is why he is the best man for the job at this time.

    • December 11, 2014

      if you have a problem with lennox then that is you ! but we in the uwp do not have a problem with our esteem leader to bad for you all were are with him all the way.

  18. amy
    December 10, 2014

    We don’t think it was tainted, we know 100%it was tainted, and GOD knows it was tainted

  19. truththe
    December 10, 2014

    Congratulations Lennox and UWP team, please be cool be calm and do not take laborites advise let them advise their leader. You will and team show them who you are in the House of Assemble and that you all are able to lead and raise the standard of debate in the house. I am sure the level of debate will change for change is a must.

  20. December 10, 2014

    Is election reform needed to make election fair. Should people be aloud to vote and leave Dominica the day after election . what is the punishment for breaking the law/rules. What is most disturbing was the lack of regard for the law.was the law applied by the police , does anyone know. All of this has really put me off the nature island sad but true. There is no justice and no peace

    • charlo
      December 10, 2014

      you are not alone am standing 100%to your desion i share the same thought.

    • RASTAFARILEADSTHEWAY
      December 10, 2014

      seriously? Allu still crying. the reason people are not bothered and concerned about others flying down to Dominica to vote which is their legal right if they do, is because its not an issue!
      We have new roads, The capital is being upgraded, we’re getting an international airport, Civil servants just got a 3 year raise when Barbados fired 3000 of their civil servants, new police stations, new schools, more doctors per capital than any other Island, Geothermal energy, running water and electricity in every village etc etc etc.

    • The Facts
      December 11, 2014

      “allowed”
      Pedro if Linton – UWP had won the election what would you have stated? Would you return to Dominica?

  21. love I
    December 10, 2014

    The Election was tainted…WE all know that specially Labourites,… remember God Almighty has seen all and He will put things right…SOOO much Money…where did all that come from…Mr. Linton you all have them on their toes…. Congratulations…

    • The Facts
      December 11, 2014

      If only every D/can, no exception yourself in Dominica would be honest and godly, it would be one happy country, free of crimes. Are you honest and perfect? Prior to making such statements and being judgmental, you should take a look at yourself and deep into your conscience.

  22. Just Blaze
    December 10, 2014

    You know what Lennox hate? When diaspora come from United States come D.A. and go and vote for Skerrit and play like they forget that Lennox Linton is a candidate. How can you come to D.A. and vote for Labour zor par sav Lennox tay commencay moor.

  23. December 10, 2014

    Mr Skerrit let your conchence be your guide. I hope others do on to you what you have done on to them. According to your works you get your pay. Your not all bad you have done some good.

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2014

      I think you meant “conscience”. I hope this is long enough for you DNO since I couldn’t just type “conscience” (ERROR: Your comment was too short. Please try to say something useful)

    • The Facts
      December 12, 2014

      “conscience” – What happened to your spelling? Have you lost it?
      You criticize and judge as if you have been with him at every moment of his life. Cease criticizing and judging lest you be judged and you will someday.
      What you say and do to others, you will receive it two-fold. You are not exempt. You pass judgment. You also will be judged.

  24. December 10, 2014

    Its A Laugh how you gullible people swallow everything Linton spews out about Skerrit Linton is A wolf in sheeps clothing Stop feeling sorry for him when he talks about election not being free and fair I know people who got tickets from the UWP party and did not use it So MRLinton when you are digging the hole for Skerrit Dig one for yourself Too Hypocrite

    • D/ca all the way
      December 11, 2014

      Nice. Agreed. They need to look at themselves also. Why can’t no one answer yet about the airport. Linton should talk about that stupidity.

    • December 11, 2014

      believer of what and in what , you sound like a snake in the grass.

    • Da
      December 13, 2014

      Yes I know lots who came to dominica on up ticket. And they were the ones who started it. What goes around comes around. That’s how they won the first time. But after 4and half years in government their money run out so they could not send tickets for their supporters so guess what labour won.you were taunting the pm to call elections. It just shows us you were not prepared. Gain some experience next time you might just win.

  25. Shaka zulu
    December 10, 2014

    Mr. Linton now you are in parliament you are in the only place where meaning full change can be enacted. I see no reason why you cannot introduce legislation as a MP to have a fixed election date and purging voter list. You have prevented a clean sweep so that in itself is a plus. Now is time to make your impact be felt where it matters most. Campaign finance, fraud, government abuse of state funds. All these are to be addressed and enacted in parliament.

    • TR MASSIVE
      December 11, 2014

      i think you meant “meaningful”

    • The Facts
      December 12, 2014

      When in Parliament, he better conduct himself respectfully and in a dignified manner, becoming of an elected MP.
      It may be timely for new regulations to be enacted in the House of Parliament that all members present conduct themselves accordingly and also not be disruptive. Otherwise they will be booted out of Parliament and sessions. Dominicans must demand that.

  26. A la Pa and Baby Doc
    December 10, 2014

    The desperation to steal the elections could be vividly seen. No electoral reforms, no FREE and FAIR elections. No prayer could prevent those willing to cheat. The “illuminati’s” spell on the Wednesday, church service/ sashing by the Secret Order Society of the Catholic Faith from Rome, was stronger.

    Sections of Dominicans in 2014 decide to embrace cheating, stealing, fraud, illegalities, disobedience of the electoral Laws. Plain and simple. Experimenting with DICTATORSHIP a la Haiti. In Haiti, all institutions, Judicial, Police, news media, Trade unions, were controlled by dictators Papa and Baby Doc. It was systemmatic. It began with small steps of injustices, illegal acts, greed, lust for power, quick wealth by dubious means by a few unscrupulous men and women. The entire country became impoverished, bloated with corruption.

    Reminder. Haiti was the first Black country to liberate itself from chattel slavery. Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Haitian freedom fighters defeated the mighty French Army of Bonaparte.

    The cabal fraid investigations and court cases. Well, Fire-bombing case close. The case of 42 charges of fraud filed by Mano close. IPO cannot interview Skerritt to make sure re. his declaration of his assets to them. Judicial Review granted by the court to Skerritt’s lawyers block IPO.

    Imagine, the same OAS, which recommended in 2009 elections that reforms are seriously necessary to prevent irregularities in 2014, concluded that elections were FREE and FAIR, even though the things to make it FREE and FAIR were not implemented. Reforms were resisted and blocked. We all know the events. What Nation finds comfort in and rejoices actions that are not righteous, fair and corrupt? Mental Slavery has turned many into Zombies. So many have lost their reason.

    Can anyone imagine in 2014, teachers, educators, “professionals” “Big” men and women in Dominica support Skerritt and DLP in their foolishness about not debating an opposing politician? Scared to the bone about questions of bad governance, corruption, quick wealth, secret passport sales, etc., etc.,

    Time will Tell !!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Truth and Justice
    December 10, 2014

    Just observing you ask for the evidence of bribery well let me tell you it was recognise that ambrose was going to lose his seat and so hastily the government decided to build some apartments in Fly city , silver lake, and here is the bribery the apartments were given free no rent no price to the inhabitants, Both Leblance and Patrick John started the housing revolution in Dominica,better housing for people with improved sanitation, but it was dole to the people at a manageable price, the government then made it possible for the people to have work and be able to get soft loans to pay thus retaining their dignity and sense of achievement. In this case the unemployed should be given housing assistance and a low rent, not free housing this does not help a nation to grow economically, it does not encourage enterprise, it encourages dependency and abuse from the benefactor. When the benefactor feels that because he has given you some money he can demand from you, sexual favours or your vote, and if you do not comply with his demands you are called ungrateful. Patrick John our first PM did not use benevolence or his position of PM to abuse the people thus, he gave them homes which they had to pay for so they had a legacy for their children , yet the Freedomites and the St. Mary Academy and those who wanted power incited the people against him. He was replaced with 15 years of brain drain, lost of the banana industry lost of the copra industry , lost of the will to self-determine and the only government which tried to resume our industries the UWP was again undermined by the same group, the freedomites to regain power this time using the name of the Dominica Labour Party. Today the Pm has ruled by selling Dominica to the Catholic church and he openly stated he believed in Church and state union well Dominicans prophecy has to be fulfilled and it has started in Dominica. The union of church and state will usher in the persecution of those who do not accept lost of their will to think and disagree.

  28. Focus
    December 10, 2014

    Mr Linton I know that you are disappointed, I hear the frustration in your voice and your sense of helplessness. It must be really hard for you to fight against a force that is evil and no easily destroyed, because in reality the United worker party would have gained more seats, if not won the election if voter were not brought in to vote for the DLP. Mr Linton you ran a really good race, I am proud of you and your party. After reading you manifesto I was pretty sure that the United worker party would have taken Dominica to next level, the level that it needs to be at in 2014. Dominica needs some development. Dominica to me still sits at a primitive level in comparison to some of the other Caribbean Islands. I look forward to hearing you and feeling your presence in parliament for the next few years. I will give the United Workers Party all of my support and if time permits my appetite for development in Dominica may just drive me to put a new and younger face to the UWP candidate for La plain constituency in the next election.

    • The Facts
      December 12, 2014

      Evil? What comes out of a person’s mouth is also evil. It tells a lot about him, who and what he is. Therefore, who is more evil?
      The election is over. It is time to bury the hatchet. Get on with your life and Christmas shopping to prepare for Christmas and also New Years.

  29. meme
    December 10, 2014

    Not me again, many young persons probably turn 18 before the election date, so come on, be real. Dominicans/Labourites from the Diaspora if they were bribed by the DLP, Dominicans/UWP Political Party were also bribed by UWP. Stop blaming the DLP. They are human beings too.

  30. as i say
    December 10, 2014

    linton because of you UWP lose the elections.plain and simple.good enough candidates but the leadership sucked!!!!

    • TRUTH & HONESTY
      December 10, 2014

      I moe believe your views sucks, You biased Labourite. Don’t expect anything better from a labourite, because you all accept dishonesty. You all are bent on denegrqation of character and it is OK for you all as long as it come from Skerrit and his camp. Please examine yourself before you criticise Linton’s Leadership because none of the candidates on you’lls side can walk in Linton’s shoes

    • Weight Watcher T-DOT
      December 10, 2014

      Go pack yourself aside and be scarce!

    • Mamizes
      December 10, 2014

      { am not sure where you reside, but the uwp actual won the elections. Skerrit well knows that the people of Dominica did not want him.

      • TR MASSIVE
        December 11, 2014

        you are chatting rubbish mamizes…skerrit is pm and there is nothing any of u hopeless and helpless uwpweeites can to do take him out…get on with ur life!

    • December 10, 2014

      regardless of what you all say about LENNOX we still love HIM.

    • The Facts
      December 12, 2014

      His overall attitude did much harm to his Party from the beginning to the end.

  31. jewel
    December 10, 2014

    Truth and Justice, please take note Skerritt and the DLP will never and never be defeated. !5 more years. You and your UWP Folks can come with all your revolution talk, which will not and never take place. Why? God is in control of everything.

    • Dawn
      December 10, 2014

      Jewel now you are a stupid and functional illiterate !!!!

  32. jewel
    December 10, 2014

    Trubble Sum, Will u please kneel on your knees and ask the Creator for forgiveness. People like you is very very jealous of Skerritt. Lennox can be a sheep in wolf clothing. You must not trust man but God. At least two of Lennox ‘s candidates will cross the political floor- Hector and Joshua. Time will tell.

    • December 10, 2014

      because you do not have any principles , you think every body is like you? no one is leaving uwp to go any where.

  33. stupes
    December 10, 2014

    Election is gone now, lets all work for Dominica now. Skerrit is PM and lennox in opposition, like it or now he is prime minister. Accept allu lost. If allu leader doh change, there is no more hope for that party anymore.

  34. Zuma
    December 10, 2014

    The fact of the matter is Lennox Linton is rather disappointed in the outcome.. I personally believes he feels betrayed by what happened. He was too convinced that we Dominicans are gullible and then we turn around and prove him wrong..my boy lick your wounds and go back to the drawing board.. Some of us turn up and voted thr Laboour party in again for the 4.th Time.. Stop thumping your chest. The massive do not want you get this in your head, we do not want you as leader get out from politics. Or change your strategy. You are too power hungry. This is caring the populace

  35. Oh Yes
    December 10, 2014

    One of the realities of life is getting through it in many ways. That is, we make choices. Some are honest while others are not. As individua human beings our actions are decided by our convictions. Some people go through life with a clear conscience and others don’t care. Bad entrenched habits are difficult to break. My point is, in my humble opinion, the DLP utilized some unconventional and questionable tactics to return the to power. They have admitted it publicly. That’s gross arrogance when a candidate can welcome the factor that decided his victory at the polls. This deliberate machinations by a political institution does not auger well for a young developing democracy. The notion of going through life “by any means necessary” demeans one’s very character.
    I must commend the UWP for its high level of discipline espoused during this campaign. Again, we can argue back and forth but there appears to have been obvious and blatant irregularities. The OAS observer mission made little or noo sense. They were aware that their recommendations were not acted upon. Yet theere freeness and fairness. What a shame.

    Political ignorance is alive and well in this country. Unless we all make a concerted effort at learning and teaching basic civility we will be not prosper in many aspects of life including politically. Let it no longer be said that we’re a nice people but very gullible.

  36. Francisco Telemaque
    December 10, 2014

    Lennox, I agree that the playing field was not level; the election was not only tainted; it was dirty, the stench covered the four corners of the island, nevertheless, some poor choices were made in regards to the selection of the candidates selected.

    You should have known that Ron Green was not the appropriate candidate to compete against Petter, you should have remembered that the people of that constituency had already rejected him, he also should have realized that, and back off, giving a younger person the opportunity to bring a new message, and new hope to the people of that constituency.

    One of the UWP mistake was that you all focused basically on the agriculture, and just about everything the DLP offered. If there is going to be any significant change in Dominica, as far as jobs are concern, talking agriculture, and building Roads, and feeder Roads, specifically to accommodate agriculture, which is a lost cause as many times anybody brings up that subject, they are most certainly casting gloom on their candidacy. When Ron Green should be talking to the people about industrialization of the country, and the hope that some form of industry would be brought in the vicinity which will provide work for the people, the man was busy talking crap about some dumb playing field.

    Who cares about recreation when their belly is empty, who cares about track and filed, cricket, when they do not have money to buy a pair of trousers, dress and some shoe. Yes we need sports, and recreation, but that is not all that is required in life.

    When I read “know your candidate”, I am from Wesley as you well know, in comparing the promises of Athena, and that of the Bazel boy, they offered the same thing; almost verbatim! except Bazel educational background was more detail, truth is Wesley and Woodford Hill people rejected Athena for obvious reasons, but believe it or not she came very close to defeating Bazel!

    I found no absolute difference in what they both offered; and Athena, if you only spoke about your vision for certain areas of Londondeery, of which we spoke about in Canada more than five years ago, though you left out a hotel resort, from your plan during our conversation; the time you took to attack, and ridicule Lennox, while you read the script handed to you; if you stock to your original thoughts, the people would have realized there could be some employment deriving from such a project. People do not want to hear anything about Ten Shilling Road, and how you will complete it and invest in agriculture. You need to Remember all the paved road around Wesley in recent years came through no efforts of the Central Government; god Skerrit government.

    The people knows who to thank, and those are the ones in the Village Council, mainly Arnold Telemaque, and old man Kenneth Telemaque, nothing accomplish was due to the effort of ( mr. god) Skerrit. The fact that without millions of dollars to buy votes one can say the UWP was a success at the poles: going from two representatives in parliament, to five is quite a leap, it is only a matter of time before our people come to their senses and realize our nation cannot live on handouts form Skerrit and his party! Five years from now he will be doing the same thing, buying votes, has anybody wonder why Petro Carib cannot be paid? Such are the source of that sixty million, dollars, giveaway along with the thousands of passport sold on the black market, I suspect that is Skerrit’s source of the money. For years we know that an oil refinery was mentioned, if we are going to steal money to buy votes: would it not be better to steal sixty million, and invest it into an oil refinery, hence providing Jobs to the people. When Dominica born Frank D. St. Hillaire built the West Indies Oil Company on the island of Antigua, the whole project cost $40, 000,000.00 dollars, that is the same refinery the Labor Party led by Patrick John rejected. Our nation would be much better off if Skerrit had form a company ad go into the oil business, which serve a better purpose than using it to buy people.

    It is one thing to talk about International Airport, that is a stale matter, nevertheless under Skerrit, Dominica will never see the light of day of an International Airport in our country, that is not on his agenda, as I said the only Dominica will be freed from Skerrit grapes, there shall be a revolution!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Too Hard Too Long
      December 10, 2014

      Mr Telemacque, you started off well but then you went off on a tangent. I sincerely believed that this was the year for the The UWP to win the election, but they made a lot of mistakes. They got intimidated by the flashy DLP rallies and lost their focus. Let me remind you that the DLP put the UWP out of office in 2000 when UWP was the party with the big bucks. Where there is a will there is a way. The UWP just has to find the way. Stop being diverted by the man Skerrit.

      And by the way, Skerrit is not a god. You know that, right?

      • The Facts
        December 12, 2014

        What happened to the big bucks? By now those bucks should have increased and what with interest to boot.

    • truth
      December 10, 2014

      francisco ,you are dead wrong ,agriculture is key ,and will always be key ,If you observe ,since when mamo spoke against agriculture ,dominica started going down,The bible says ,him that tilleth the soil ,shall be rich
      Our riches is in the soil ,so we can jump high .,jump low ,unless we re ,recognize the soil ,we are not going no where

      • Francisco Telemaque
        December 10, 2014

        francisco ,you are dead wrong ,agriculture is key ,and will always be key ,If you observe ,since when mamo spoke against agriculture(Truth).

        Well, if you believe that our nation shall forever be the poorest country under the face of the sun. If you believe that agriculture is the way into the future, then I count the Dominica hope all lost!

        If you can name me a single nation on earth which have survived, based on an agricultural economy; I will agree with you with you that agriculture is the way forward. Nevertheless, I can take you back to the days of China, which once depended on Agriculture traditionally, the ideology of the Chines, was that the people of China would not have survived without agriculture: Hence, China once produced the most rice on the planet. During that long period; China remained a very poor nation until the communist nation decided it was time to industrialize China, that was less than forty years ago.

        Since the industrialization of China, that nation has become one of the wealthiest nation on this planet; China has become rich; so rich, they have enough money to lend to even a great and wealthy nation as the United States of America; I will not give an explanation why, but that’s the reality. If we take a look at Russia, and the former Soviet Union Nations, controlled by Russia during the years of communism, all if which economy was based on agriculture, they all failed!

        Russia failed, however, recovered when they abandoned their agricultural concept, by then communism failed, they invite outside industries into Russia, hence they industrialized their nation, as a result they produced the most millionaires over the shortest period of time in modern history. Prior the industrialization of Russia, some people life was worst of than what we have in Dominica; i.e. people utilized the pit-hole the same as we have today in Dominica: interesting to note one pit-hole served a whole village, or all the residence in an area. Unbelievable as it may seem, it is true. All of that has changed with the advent of the industrializing of Russia!

        We talk about Cuba: if we understand the term economy, and apply that to Cuba, we will find that Cuba has no economy.

        Why?

        Because they depend on an agricultural based economy, Cuba has been a failed state from the day Fidel Castro took Cuba into communism, to the day he handed the nation to his brother. Look at it this way, Antigua’s economy for a long time depended on Sea island cotton, and the production of sugar, that is agriculture too, nevertheless, since the collapsed of the sugar industry, in Antigua, the nation focused on Tourism, thus Antigua, has become one of the most developed islands in the Caribbean, as a matter of fact, because Antigua is so prosperous, the island has become a heaven to many Dominicans, that is why more than twenty-five thousand of our people are living there.

        Do not misinterpret my position, I am not contending that our people and government should abandoned agriculture completely. I would have to be fool to suggest that, since most of our staples derived from the food grow, nevertheless, for anyone to insists that agriculture should be the total source of employment for the youth of our country, is totally ludicrous! Our country will never make any significant progress as long as we insists that an agricultural economy is the way we should go into the future.

        Are we forgetting that we are now existing in the twenty-first century? I mean politicians in Dominica, like to talk about agriculture, because they know that is what the older uneducated people long to hear, they use that against the people to get their vote, however, they are not informing them that the Banana industry is never going to return to the days as it was when it was referred to as Dominica’s green gold! There is no market in Europe to sustain that. Again I am inviting someone to ask the Jamaicans what happened why they stopped exporting bananas to Europe way back in the late 1970’s; the industry in Jamaica collapsed all due to a lack of market in Europe. And if there is anyone in Dominica who disputes that without the knowledge of what transpired ,I am willing to pay their passage to go to the island of Jamaica and find out for themselves!

        What Mamo said may have troubled the mind of, I do know the details of what she may have said; and in spite the fact I never like her because of something she did to me when I was a child, I do believe if she suggests our people should look forward to something new, she may be correct.

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • The Facts
        December 12, 2014

        From what I have read, one day everyone will go back to the land. There will be no technology, etc. It may not happen in our lifetime but it will happen.
        This will occur after the “Three Days Darkness” which will come upon the earth to purge it of all evil people and things. There is a great possibility that it will happen.
        A few years ago, I got this information and more at a prayerful gathering which I attended. This is no joke and one to be taken seriously. Would love to state more which should not be doom and gloom but something to look forward to for our earthly happiness and peace which the world is in dire need of.
        Let everyone do good and keep on doing good. Let them “Love thy neighbor” as Our Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us to do. In the end this is all that will matter and what which will determine our eternal destiny.

    • Just Blaze
      December 10, 2014

      Franscisco we may have had our differences in the past. But this is the first and only article I’ve seen on here that speaks on the poor strategy of UWP and the fact that the focus of their campaign should have been about creation of jobs through industrialization. Great post. You are spot on.Ron Green lost his seat as party leader to a novice peter st jean. Why would they think that he can win again? I must say I have misjudged you. When I see a man that can call his party out on their nonsense it makes me think that you are objective in your decisions of which party you support. I will now be more open minded to your suggestions and advice and I hope we can put our differences aside and continue to build a better Dominica. The only thing I would disagree with is the international airport issue. I would think that we need to upgrade our tourism product before we think of that.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        December 10, 2014

        You see with me it is not the politics; with me it is all about and the welfare of the county! Some people does not know when to bow out gracefully when the time arrives. Ron has served his purpose to the nation, and fail to realize he will never become a minister of government ever again, it will take a miracle for that to happen.

        People such as Edison James, and guys like Provost knew the time had came for them to quit, As for Edison James, if he ran, there is no he could loose, the people of Marigot if given the opportunity would have voted for Edison forever. However, James realized it is time to hang up his political ambitions, his time has passed, so what’s the point.

        On the other hand men such as Ron views Dominica, and Dominica’s politics their estate, and if they are not involved their life will be empty. Ron failed the party when he became the leader of the party, he became so incompetent, that he did not have the commonsense to produce a manifesto tot the people, five years ago, Ron Green singled destroyed any chances the UWP had in winning that election.

        The manifesto is traditional in Caribbean politics, how can you tell people over and over they can read your manifesto online, when more than half of our nation is so poor cannot buy food never mind buying a computer which thousands of dollars in Dominica. I looked for Ron Green Manifesto online, and never found it, the thing did not exist, why lie when you know you had not produced one.

        In the United States, we do not here the term manifesto, but, we here the term proposition: Such information are sent out in a manual to every home where there are registered voters, upon receiving those, we read, and reject the people we believe would not be good to run the affairs of the state, and that included governor, judges, and council men, and women, so before we go to the poles our mind is already made up as to whom we are going to reject, and who we wish to vote for every agenda is outline, and they had better keep their promise otherwise they will be gone by next election.

        I do not play politics by supporting an individual, simply because I like them, because that is not the idea of politics, and hate should not be an influence, one political opinions should not based on like and dislike, if I believe the individuals program deserves support, I will support that individual regardless of the party they are affiliated. I think when our people commence concentrating on the country, and what can make it better for the good of all Blue Green and Red; I do not know the colors of the independents, but unless we put the welfare of the people, and country first, Dominica is doomed!

        As for the differences you mentioned, such does not bother me, I could care less, when people dabble into politics anything is expected, I will never like everything you write I am sure you feel same about my comments, I do not take anything said politically about me personal. At least in this case I might be smarter than that!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • The Facts
        December 12, 2014

        Yes! Creation of jobs; not decrease of jobs, the nursing (medical?) profession. The 5,000 new jobs Linton promised were too much and at one time for D/ca. No one would believe him.
        As for Ron Green, I thought, poor Ron, he should bow out of politics and UWP. He was unsuccessful in the last election and he was unsuccessful in this one. Maybe James should have given him the Marigot riding or suggest that he took it. Linton won there, no doubt without much exertion on his part. James and his status may have done all the work for Linton to ensure that he got a seat in Parliament and if UWP was elected.

  37. Truth and Justice
    December 10, 2014

    To The UWP, please understand the island mentality you are working with. So please be doing your research, on parliamentary procedures. Be planning to ask intelligent questions in parliament of the PM. Please ensure that the PM keeps his manifesto promises to the people of Dominica, start studying the manifesto of the Dominica Labour Party and in parliament and on the radio ensure that the people of Dominica know tht you are looking after their interest. Do not allow Skerrit to be a tin god and Dictator in the land, yes he has enough votes to get his policies through, and when the policies are for the good of the people, vote with him. When it is bad bring your arguments to the house and present them so the people of Dominica can see what is being done, some things should need a referendum , yes it will be harder, but remember do not behave like the retardicans, show the world what true democracy and consensus government can be like. Mr. Linton you did a good job gaining 3 more seats in parliament know that the DLP knows that they had to really fight to defeat you and the next time round they should roundly be defeated.

    • In His Time
      December 10, 2014

      No time to comment but you have spoken the truth

    • Too Hard Too Long
      December 10, 2014

      Thank you for that comment. I personally would love to see the UWP make themselves known in the House and show us why they should be the next government.

      UWP, please stop trying to change people. Instead, work with what you have and reach people where they are.

    • The Facts
      December 12, 2014

      The elected UWP should see about themselves, mind their own business and fulfill their election promises. With six seats, they have much to fulfill.

  38. Hmmm
    December 10, 2014

    Why must Linton be bashed for making an assessment that an election was tainted? Are we becoming that intolerant of opposition views?

    My goodness!

    • tiny
      December 10, 2014

      It is unbelievable… I just can’t believe the comments in here

      • The Facts
        December 12, 2014

        Tiny, where have you been? Asleep or did you take a vacation? If you did, a lot has happened since last you accessed DNO or have you been using another name? A lot of water has passed under the bridge since. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  39. Leah
    December 10, 2014

    People Relax. An election is two days old. There will be inevitable post mortems on all sides. The man said these words on Monday night. Context is important. He has every right to express his assessment of a general election that he contested.

    I do not understand the need to brush everything under the carpet because one is unwilling to face the issues.

    Linton will have enough time to prove himself as a statesman, or not, as a strong opposition leader or not. He has five years to do so!

    Give the man a break! Jeez!

    • The Facts
      December 12, 2014

      Hopefully as a gentleman in the House of Parliament.

  40. Truth and Justice
    December 10, 2014

    As a Dominican living in Britain who gave us our democracy model. I must say that I have never once been given anything to vote for the Labour Party in England. I am a socialist because I believe in the betterment of the poor. So my natural inclination has been and will always be to vote for a socialist government. However, the open rampant bribery which went on in Dominica need to be curtailed, as it does not help the people of Dominica to be educated as to why they vote and for whom.
    The Dominica Labour Party has not done itself or Dominicans any favours. A government who has been in power for 15yrs should have confidently been able to win a landslide election if it ad been working for the people. The fact that the PM is reported to be campaigning in Grandfond constituency up to the morning of the election, is a indication that he is nervous and afraid of something. Why was he so determine that Mr. Fountain did not win the seat to be in parliament as his opposite number which would have been shadow Minister of Finance. Dominicans are just happy, that their party win. From my calculations the labour Party would have still won the election, they did not need to do all the bribery that they did, however the margin would have been a lot smaller at least four more seats would have and should have gone to the opposition,and that would truly have been a free and fair election. As a socialist I am happy to have the DLP in government , government is about stewardship, ensuring the rule of law and order respect for the spirit of the law and constitution of the land. Sadly as a socialist with integrity I am sorry that my party resorted to the antics of gross bribery and corruption to defraud the people of Dominica.

    • Just Observing
      December 10, 2014

      Where is your evidence of bribery and corruption. the charges of bribery and corruption are all over the radio. Those that were brought to the attention of the IPO were thrown out. The accusers could not prove their case. Infact in one instance the accusers went tot he court seeking relief for the accused to assist them in proving their allegations. As a civil society we live by laws. The law says the accuser must prove his/her case. In Dominica, because PM Skerrit is the accused the law should be changed so that the accused assists the accuser to prove a case against him/her. So staying in Britain and listening to a particular radio station spew out unfounded allegations after allegations, day in day out, night in night out, week in week out, for five straight years none stop will not assist your learning about developments in Dominica. There are other radio stations that provide other information

      • Vee
        December 10, 2014

        You are mixing apples with grapefruit. When were charges of bribery and corruption even brought to the attention of the IPO.?
        Our comments are our opinions, however, we need not confuse issues to make a point.

      • December 10, 2014

        You are not observing. You are one of those who allows Skerrit to take the country to hell in a hand basket.

      • dca torry
        December 10, 2014

        pls give me a break are u asking whr is the evidence of bribery. there are so many evidence of bribery the 100s that came to vote and ws offered plane tickets and money isnt this bribery?. the ppl who ws given money to vote, the materials they gave on the eve of elections the moneys given to voters on the day of election. n the list goes on

      • The Facts
        December 12, 2014

        The saying which should be a principle for all, if you were not present and did not see it, keep quiet. Furthermore, it is none of your business.
        There is always the benefit of the doubt. One has to be certain to prove what they heard and read are accurate. There are too many of them who hear and read and accept it as factual. It makes them look like fools.
        The Media is not always correct. We cannot go before the Heavenly Court, before God and say, “I heard and read.” Likewise before the earthly Court. It will not be acceptable.
        Who will listen and pay heed about hearsay anyway? Who wants to consistently read and hear about that? What good does it do and to consistently repeat it? It makes for boring hearing and reading as a broken record.
        This is why I will not listen to that Radio Station. I cannot stand consistent accusations, judging and loud talking which deafens the ears. If this is all they do, I will not listen to them. They spew propaganda because they do not support DLP. Those who do not put on their thinking cap may have none. They will agree with what they hear and keep on repeating it. At the same time they should cleanse their souls.
        If I told them I had a dream about God or I saw Our Lord Jesus Christ in my dream (which I once did) and what He once told me at a Healing Mass I attended while resting in the Spirit, they will say to me it is not true, I am making up a story and I lied.
        Tell them about gossip and hearsay they will believe it. Oh yes! I will also state about my Catholic faith and its devotions. They will ask, where is it in the Bible. That is some human beings who take for granted what they heard and believe without questioning it. So much for them. Big bunch of hypocrites.
        God will hold them accountable for repeating these matters that they did not witness and continue to repeat them. The power of the mouth and fingers on the keyboard. One day they will pay for them.

    • The Facts
      December 12, 2014

      You must have observed the bribery from Britain. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  41. sally
    December 10, 2014

    This serve Eddie and their UWP Candidates right. You all did not serve Timothy and Isidore right so take what all you get. Bye Bye.

    • malpardee
      December 10, 2014

      I agree god don’t like ugly change is an option now not a must

  42. sally
    December 10, 2014

    Lennox you just came in the political race. Your predecessor did and also you also did bribery . You all also paid your supporters to come in to vote. So don’t blame Hon. Skerrit. Both UWP AND DLP did so.
    You all wanted 15 seats, so it was vis-à-vis. and do accept it.

  43. TRUTH
    December 10, 2014

    UWP is my party and I honestly believe the person at the helm should be changed. Attitude towards people has a lot to do with being a good leader. I feel that our leader is lacking there as opposed to the DLP leader. If we are to win the next election we have to do major changes.

    • to do good
      December 10, 2014

      Couldn’t agree with you more.From his installation I said he cannot bring the party to victory with his demeanour . For the UWP to win the next general election they need to remove Lennox as leader.He has never been and will never be a people’s person..

      • Words
        December 11, 2014

        Give Lennox a break.. He is no pretender like the dimpled one.. He says it as it and will not put on and be what he is not.. He is no hypocrite… What you see is what you get. You are under the disguise that UWP is your party and we all know better than that.

      • anonymous
        December 11, 2014

        It is so obvious. I don’t understand why people are unable to see that Lennox Linton is killing the UWP. People don’t like him as a leader. He is arrogrant, aggressive and definitely not a peoples person. I also think it is a slap in the face of educated Dominicans to have someone who doesn’t have even a basic degree. attempt to become the Prime Minister of our country. Dominicans are smart, ambitious and educated people.

  44. Not Me Again
    December 10, 2014

    Folks, let us compare the election results of 2014 to that of the last time we saw a fair election in Dominica and I need somebody to tell me if they can see any increase in our population or a decrease. Let us look at what we would all consider as battle ground constituencies:
    Castle Bruce in 2000 =1494 votes casted. In 2014=1710 votes=increase of 216 voters
    La Plaine in 2000 =1322votes. In 2014 =1538 =Increase of 216 voters
    Salybia in 2000 =1513. In 2014 =1875. Increase of 362 voters.
    St Joseph in 2000=1829. In 2014 =2128. Increase of 299 voters
    Roseau Valley in 2000 =1146. In 2014 =1786. Increase of =640 voters
    Morne Jaune in 2000 =1,026. In 2014 =1222. Increase of 196 voters

    I really wonder where so many extra persons came from. Are our women making more children now? Boy look volay aka theft
    BY the way DNO, this information is based on what you put out in 2000 and here in 2014. All I did was theaddition

    • Dominica
      December 10, 2014

      You not using your head! Hundreds of children have reached the age of 18 and have become able to vote in the last 14 years.

      • December 10, 2014

        you are using your head very well because no one died and no one migrated.

    • Too Hard Too Long
      December 10, 2014

      My friend, good work on collecting the data but please take note that after 14 years, many children have become adults. For example, in a big community like Castle Bruce, I am sure that more than 216 persons were added to the list within 14 years. When you think of it, the difference in voter turnout is actually very small for such a long time frame.

      • The Facts
        December 12, 2014

        The Electoral Commission should have this statistical information, names of which should be on the voters’ list. I really do not know why voters, even some who state they are not voting, should concern themselves with the list. Dominicans should not even see the list if the election was conducted differently.
        I reside in Ontario. I voted. The only people who have the list are those who are authorized to do so.
        Canadians vote and all unauthorized people have no access to the lists of voters. A new strategy should be implemented in Dominica that voters do not see the list and names on the list. Those who want change, this is another change which should be a must.

  45. December 10, 2014

    Dr.Thomson Fontaine I’m glad to here you will not give up the fight and we the people will be with you all the way , justice must be done.

  46. Stupes
    December 10, 2014

    Honestly the election has ended we need to move on and bring peace and tranquility to our Island. We just there lamenting. The people have spoken. UWP just there arcusing the Labour Party of all soughts of things that they were also involved in both parties did the same bringing in voters, canvassing outside polling stations etc, and not forgetting that one of the Candidates and another party member were outside polling stations in an area looking fir disaspora. In Roseau North the UWP candidate was just walking up and down in polling stations like its his place – even walking in with people to vote. Both parties were doing the same thing.

    Lets talk of whats up for the Opposition in the house and the way forward. Hope is not another time of people staying out and my tax money paying them for walking out and staying out. Lets behave like grown Doominican who knows better

  47. December 10, 2014

    Mr. Linton we all know the election process was damaged but what we want to know if Team Dominica UWP is getting together to plan what the next move is going to be we want to make sure that justice prevail, look what is happening in the constituency of Grand Fond I didn’t even knew that you and your team were prevented from coming into the Grand Fond on the Sunday day before election day all of the was wrong and what was that all about Why is it that Skerrit is determine to keep out Thomson Fontaine, and why is Gerald Burton not at the re-count why do they have this woman and others of the Skerrit operatives involved . Dr. Thomson Fontaine we are standing firmly by your side and God is going to work it out and you have won your seat and you have won the heart of the people of Dominica stay strong for you a covered with the blood of our lord and that’s the good one not the evil blood.

    , Team Dominica UWP stand your ground don’t just walk away from Grand Fond and it’s people they need Mr.Fontaine but over all The Commonwealth of Dominica needs Thomson Fontaine right now we need him in Parliament to be able to hold Skerrit and his administrations to their feet, we want Skerrit to answer the questions about those deals and all the different schemes that he put Dominica in .
    Thomson Fontaine worked in one of the highest institutions in the USA he is well trained and have the qualification for the job and that is why Skerrit and his administration don’t want him but it’s not up to them it’s up to the people of Dominica.
    The people of Grand Fond and all the other of his constituency you have to come out in large numbers to support him and don’t believe you will be alone other constituencies will join you , you are not alone in this fight We are all in it too..

    Thomson Fontaine will be in the Parliament one way or the other but he won the election and it’s his right to be in there with his leader Lennox Linton and if they still try to prevent him all Lennox have to do is bring him in as a Senator and they cannot do anything about it But justice have to prevail because he won his seat.

    And to those people of Grand Fond that accepted money and other items from the DLP and Skerrit how do you feel even on election days so many things that were happening around and you were part of it how do you feel now All the other persons that came in Vote gone back to the different countries leaving you in a mess what is that doing to your CONSCIENCE they didn’t stay back to make sure this situation is settled before leaving they left and you have to deal with it and do you still believe what you did was right, well it was not so deal with it.
    So help Dr. Thomson Fontaine and Team Dominica UWP to correct the in justice that’s been done to prevent him from taking his place in the parliament of the Commonwealth Of Dominica without provocation by the so call PM and his supporters .
    The power is in the hand of the people exercise your legal rights we are still a democracy .

  48. oh lawd
    December 10, 2014

    It was indeed a good fight…better than ’09. But UWP has been singing the same song since ’05 about tainted elections. This is not a strong enough motivator to captivate the Dominican people. I strongly suggest that every member of the UWP take a look at how Mr. Francis magnificently maneuvered his way to victory in Roseau South. The man connected with the people, and by all means it appeared to be genuine. If the party can learn from that, a lot more Dominicans will cross over. Heck, this is exactly what the PM has been doing, connecting with the people when campaigning. If the UWP cannot do that, the only other option is to make Mr. Francis leader of the party and have him use his polarizing personality to draw the masses in.

    • Too Hard Too Long
      December 10, 2014

      I agree with you totally. Mr Francis showed them how to do it.

  49. Ghos
    December 10, 2014

    The DLP had 10 sure seats the UWP would have lost even if people didn’t come down and vote.

  50. Felix AAron
    December 10, 2014

    When will Lennox Linton learn? Tell me when.

  51. December 10, 2014

    most of the comment make no sense cause all over the world have beggars and right now Dominica it is worst .Take a tour around Dominica and prove it for yourself.Read between the lines and you will know what i am talking about. Dominicans talk because they have a mouth but do thing because they have know common sense.please read and digest . thanks

    • The Facts
      December 12, 2014

      Even though some Dominicans are poor, they do not have to look like poor people if they have pride. They do not have to walk around the streets with torn up clothes. They want to look like that. Why do you not assist them and at least give them some clothes so they will not look poor?
      There are some people who are poor, who have pride and who dress becomingly. One could not tell if they are poor. They look well-groomed and clean.. It is a matter of people’s concern for themselves and what they wish to look like. Some are uncaring.

  52. Tell it like it is
    December 10, 2014

    This is the man´s personality. Do you honestly believe he will change? Dominicans are in for another five years of the same nonsense and that is why at the next General Elections the UWP will be beaten again. Guys like Lennox Linton never learn. It goes to show that this party has no vision for the development of Dominica. I have said before, and will say it again, UWP is bad for Dominica. We need people who are genuinely interested in the development of this country to come forward, maybe to form another party that is not tainted like the UWP to really put a case for Dominica. Certainly not Arthie, Griffin, Crispin and the usual suspects. We need fresh untainted blood.

  53. so unfortunate
    December 10, 2014

    Mr. Linton, please show the people of Dominica, especially those you believe that you are the “Saviour” for Dominica, that you are much more than you appear to be. Show them that you are humble, you are grateful for their ability to vote for you and your party because they see that you are the “Change” that they need. Show them that you are willing and ready to work for them in the position that you have been given so that you all could have clear governance in Dominica. Lift your head up, make them proud, make them feel like there is hope and the end of the rainbow!
    Please, lead by example, do not let your people see that your level of maturity is that of a teenage boy that did not win his basketball game, after the referees decided that it was their decision. You complain about everything. The people are not looking for that from you! You send no positive messages out to your people, that is so sad! Always negative vibes, that aura is not good for the soul Sir.
    We live in a world where we dislike more things and situations than we like, but life has to go on, and with that negativity you subscribe to, Dominica will remain stagnant.
    You and your party won six seats, that is a major accomplishment for you, especially after you were alleged to have so many negative qualities!
    God sees all things, and he makes all things possible, Is it hard to see that it is not your turn, and in fact, your turn is not so far away??
    This situation is sad, you will forever be whining, and for that , your followers will do the same! Let Dominicans, whether Labourites or UWPites, at home and in the Diaspora be proud to say that you Lennox Linton will do your job to the best of your ability, because it is a job that you love, because you love the people of Dominca, all the time, not some of the time!!

    • December 10, 2014

      @so unfortunate December 10, 2014

      Thumbs-up #1 is mine to you. I really like your opinion.

      Negativity is extremely bad for the mind, and that is all I read from Lennox and his followers since I got here, on DNO–that man is just too negative, and maybe angry, to be qualified as a leader over our people

      To tell you the truth, with Lennox Linton as a member of Parliament, I think I will be afraid to even see a news headline, about what is taking place there, much more to open that news article–good Lord.

      We, the God fearing people of Dominica needs to continue in prayer for the sake a sane mentality among in and among us–for if there is anything that is tainted in our Dominicans it is our state of mind; having been fed with that disgusting food of negativity–for much too long.

  54. December 10, 2014

    All what I predicted during the election it happened, uwp had a great campaign, if uwp run that same campaign 2019 with a new leader they might have a chance in 2019, I have following politic for 23 years I have never heard a politician so hatred and anger like Mr.Linton.

  55. December 10, 2014

    Mr.Linton is not there for the people he just want to be in power, which shall not never happen, he only shall remain as a parl rep ,if the uwp wants to be in power they need a new leader for 2019

  56. Observer
    December 10, 2014

    Where is the evidence of Skerrit giving people money overseas to come down and vote? I want to know.

    • The Fact
      December 10, 2014

      Have you heard of the saying “what happens in the dark must come to light?’ Time will tell.
      Heavy consciences have already started seeking relief.

      • The Facts
        December 12, 2014

        This is not me who wrote this. It is that of an impersonator, a copycat who is not smart enough to use another name. :twisted: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  57. Cyrique
    December 10, 2014

    Lennox this is sour grapes. Just accept that you’ve lost and get on with forming an effective opposition. Stop all these allegations and accusations. Get your teeth into the meat. The PM has offered you an olive branch – it might be a big pill to swallow but take it like a man for the good of Dominica.

    • December 10, 2014

      lennox trust me we know all off that what you have to do is take this to the next level Demonstrations for BI/election and strike.you need to start motivating the action too much of talk my brother come on get on the radio and setttt a dateeeeeee foreeeeeeee actionnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn wake upppppppppppppppp

  58. December 10, 2014

    Roosevelt Skerrit is NOT my Prime Minister and will NEVER be!!! After this stolen election, complete with the utmost display of bribery and corruption, Laborites must have woken up this morning with the realization that that they ARE the minority on Island! The fact is, the majority has spoken and (absent Diaspora Judas Voters) thirteen of the 21 seats were given to the United Workers Party. Our true Government sits at home and a few in opposition in Parliament while the minority celebrate the illegal and criminal victory of the most CORRUPT Prime Minister in the Caribbean and his Labor Party.
    Prime Minister Lennox Linton, cannot afford to accept this lop-sided defeat and hypocritical offer of an “olive branch”! The REAL Prime Minister has a duty to mobilize his supporters to bring an end to the theft, misuse and abuse of the Public Purse. Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit is now fully exposed to ALL Dominicans by his actions during this campaign season. The Laborites who celebrate know that something is wrong and that their PM is afraid of SOMETHING!!!! Laborites why is your PM so afraid??? What is he hiding??? Do any of you want to bet that within the next five years you will be crying and lamenting the 8th of December, 2014???? I, Trubble Sum, prophesy and predict that within the next two years or less, the entire Dominica will be in SHOCK and that revelations and occurrences will have ALL of us in bitter tears!!! Mark my word! I tell each of you that what will be revealed in Dominica will have Laborites, Pappyites, Workers and Freedomites praying that Roosevelt Skerrit, Anthony Astaphan, Hartley Henry, Alick Lawrence and Vince Henderson were never born!!!! God bless Dominica and remember this post!!!!!

    • Tell it like it is
      December 10, 2014

      Dream on my friend! You are the only one living that bubble of yours! lol lol Whether you like it or not, Skerrit is PM….. so jump high, jump low, Linton is in opposition and that´s where he will remain. For an adult, you are quite pathetic and it´s people like you that ensures the losses of the UWP over and over, four times in a row to be exact. So continue with that stupidity and you will see how far you and your party will get. Good luck to you in your bubble!

    • Stupes
      December 10, 2014

      So what who cares about you – We have a country to run and people have spoken and that is what we will do. Sour grapes. Do not wish people bad or dig holes for people. May God bless you.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      December 10, 2014

      In event he is the Prime Minister of Dominica: the laws of our land dictates he is.

      We know he is a crook, but, it is; what its. The majority of our people sold their soul for a fist full of dollars, to him, he won the election, by devious, and cynical means,; we know that but there is nothing you or anybody can do about that, until the time comes again five years from last Monday. Either that or you may start a revolution!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  59. Tell it like it is
    December 10, 2014

    Man just do the honourable thing and concede defeat! You were beaten so accept the result like a man and move on. This attitude of yours will get you nowhere. Find yourself in Marigot and begin to do the work the people elected you to do. All you do is run your mouth 24/7…. let me see what you can do as a Parliamantarian. Talk is cheap my friend! Get to work!

    • tiny
      December 10, 2014

      There is nothing wrong with what he said….y can’t u see that???? Changes need to be made….maybe he should have kept silent on the matter fie the time being because it will come across like he a soar loser… But his points are valid…we need to change our way of thinking

  60. Susan Folkes
    December 10, 2014

    accept the loss

  61. YEs
    December 10, 2014

    Amen Brother, You are right….

  62. tiny
    December 10, 2014

    I’m sorry Lennox.. If y become president and you refuse to give gifts to poor people like a sandwich and rum….u won’t get their votes… That us how poor people think…laws should be made against practices like these but Dominicans will need years to change their thinking…a whole lot of years….

  63. Read Diaspora
    December 10, 2014

    What is the threshold for free and fair elections? How many bribes does it take to screw in light bulb or cause the OAS to all an election not free and fair? How much people have to die first? Whats the point of having them here?

  64. tiny
    December 10, 2014

    Question….how can u ensure that gifts won’t be given…how can u prove that…it will get nasty if u try to prove that and u will come out looking like the bad person….

    So how do u tackle this issue..???? I know that in the US POLITITIABS GET CHARGED FOR USING CAMPAIGN FUNDS INAPPROPRIATELY BUT THINGS ARE DIFFERENT IN THE US…

  65. December 10, 2014

    Linton is 100% right, and the proof of the pudding is that every single voter who accepted an inducement to cast their vote in favor of a political party, whether cash money, building material, airline tickets, alcohol, jobs or any other form of inducement knows the election was tainted.

    for me the key message I have taken from the outcome of this election, and the biggest problem Lennox Linton and by extension Dominica faces, is the mentality of Dominicans.

    There should’t be anyone of voting age in Dominica who cannot recognize the issues within that country over the past number of years. They have been offered a viable alternative with a well thought out plan of action, yet when push comes to shove, they voted for more of the same, for a few dollars more.

    The actions and behavior of the ruling Labour party was predictable and there are only two recourse’s to address that, and the most potent is the will of the people via the ballot box, or through the courts of Law by the laws of the country.

    The people have shown comprehensively that they condone and support this sort of behavior and that is the voice of the MAJORITY of the people who voted in the December 2014 elections.

    for me the only difference between those that were transported in to vote and those on the Island who accepted payments, is that the imported voters acted out of GREED and WITHOUT responsibility, and those on the Island acted out of GREED and STUPIDITY.

    In conclusion the country did not get the government it deserved, instead the people got the government they derserve

  66. Annoyed
    December 10, 2014

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME ! With all due respect me Linton stop being a cliche! If you had won would it still have been tainted. JAH RASTA FARI you lost jus swallow your pride and congratulate the winning team and continue building your party. The United workers party needs to be consistently at the par U all are at right now. Worry about that and stop being a sour puss. Jeez Louise! I’m disgusted man. It’s christmas let’s put the party politics aside and celebrate love joy and peace.

  67. grell
    December 10, 2014

    Mr Linton congrats on your win yes the election was tainted,Henderson gave out tickets like a mad man to the diaspora,………. WAS IN GRAND FOND PAYING THE PEOPLE ON ELECTION DAY.Keep up the fight they will not get away with it all the time,i see a big change where the people of Roseau did a big swing from the labour party,Laplaine and st.joseph got he diaspora big time,up to the weekend he made his calls and distributed the tickets,the voters list is a fraud,and the observers were paid also,but god will guide the true patriots and Roosevelt Skerrit wont be in power forever,you made sure Fontaine did not get into parliament because he has you cornered.Skerrit you have no explanation to anyone,but the almighty always have the last say.Kelvar your in check and to the poor people of st.joe continue to beg and drink the free rum from Skerrit,you all have no shame,continue to remain in poverty,while SKerrit drink and dine in style.

    • as i say
      December 10, 2014

      the ammount of boys on the block that got money and were even dressing in red and said “its where i put the X that counts” if those other people really wanted UWP no matter what they would have voted to the UWP candidate. if money was being shared in my presence ofcourse i would accept it but that does not mean i would absolutely positively vote for that person.

  68. Maria
    December 10, 2014

    Move on and work together for a better Dominica! Place your energy in a more positive place and focus on cleaning up the voter’s list.

    • December 10, 2014

      Your tax money is paying Gerald Burton he is in charge to make sure the List is clean to make sure the ID cards are ready for any election, so you see it is not Lennox Linton job to have that’s done . These people are paid to do their job if they cannot do it their are a lot of people that want a job. And how can he make Dominica a better place when folks like you prevented that from happening, You got the Government you deserved not Dominica

  69. tiny
    December 10, 2014

    OK…the process leading to the results…. This is human beings for u…just perform a little experiment on primary school kids. Let 3 classmate run for class president, and allow one if the presidential contenders shower Hus classmates with gifts, like candies and a class trip…the one who gave them gifts no matter how small will surely win

  70. December 10, 2014

    stupessssss….oh shut up linton!!!! elections will never be fair in dca until UWP wins smh

  71. Faceup
    December 10, 2014

    Well my brother yes it was a good fight, but to beat Skerro you have to come up with millions of dollars for your party in the next five years. And the way I look at it without popular revolution Skerro will be in for life…

  72. December 10, 2014

    It is sickening to see how we followers of UWP have prolonged the agony of the election! Can’t we adhere and respect the will of the people? If Skerrit brought 10,000 legal Dominicans, we also brought 9,999 people. Yes I live in St. Thomas, I came in on Saturday does that ring a bell. I would like my island to move forward. the voters of Marigot gave you a specific mandate go to parliament and fight on their behalf. Will people within the party take on the realms and move towards a better Dominica! Let the better head prevail

  73. tiny
    December 10, 2014

    Linton u should just stay silent sometimes….I was surprised Thad DLP won by about a hundred votes in several constituencies…. That’s not bad for the UWP …next time maybe you guys will win in those constituencies

  74. December 10, 2014

    Is always somebody else to be blame. Question is if the diaspora should not be brought from overseas to cast their vote, then why through out the campaign you all went over seas to hold political meetings To those same diaspora. So what the fuss is all about. I honestly don’t understand DOMINICANS.

    • I Hate Linton Bad
      December 10, 2014

      Excellent Point

    • REAL!!!!
      December 10, 2014

      BLESSING……This was to let the diaspora know what is happening in Dominica in terms of poverty, unemployment and corruption …so the diaspora could search their conscious and let the people on island decide who they wanted for GOVT.

      An interesting observation: The same diaspora come to Dominica during Carnival and Creole festival and all they are saying is ” Dominicans like to Beg”.

      I guest it boost their egos to know someone begs them when they are home.

  75. DC
    December 10, 2014

    Get over it Lennox! Stop being combative! Please accept the defeat and start considering new strategies. You are constantly bitter and grouchy. That is not good for the soul. Please accept the olive branch. One love!

    • tiny
      December 10, 2014

      So u refuse to see what he is saying…these practices need to end..how is it going to end???? it starts with u and me…we need to change our way of thinking… It is not OK for the leaders to spend money on voters…no gifts giving

  76. coyote
    December 10, 2014

    Change never comes easy,just look at the civil rights movement in America. Persons were killed ,jailed, beaten up etc,etc.Unless we Dominicans the 17,000 plus who voted for the UWP stand up and demand change nothing will happen.We need to demand that the voters list be cleaned up,demand absentee ballots for the diaspora and demand that election laws ,codes and conducts are enforced. In other words we the people, not just the opposition need to get off our backsides stand up amd be counted, demonstrate.I for one will memoving back to my country in a couple of years and i plan to be an activist for change.no clean voters list =no election let they alone vote.No ballots for overseas voters =no election let them alone vote ,then the eyes of the world will see what is going on. There is no point going into a fight knowing the game is rigged against you and then complaining when you lose. Let us level the playing field.

  77. Be fair
    December 10, 2014

    Mr. Linton, when people like Addie in the diaspora and the rest of my friends are fighting tooth and nail to raise funds for you to help you win election and we come down to vote in our numbers, how can it be unfair when supporters of the other side does the same? It’s a competition. I have always been unbiased. It told you personally that you need to change your attitude, you got angry at me, now you crying foul? Come on man.

  78. The One
    December 10, 2014

    I honestly agree with Mr. Linton. It is not fair when one doesn’t play by the rules wins and comes and say everything is fine lets work together. Mr. Timothy has expressed the true feelings of the Labor Party. He will not work together with the Parl Rep. He will work with the person who will replace him. That is LABOR PARTY TO THE BONE. Trust me, they will continue to marginalize the Parl Reps who are not on their side. I just ask of the UWP parl reps to make their cases in parliament, make their cases on the radio, make their cases in their constituencies and make their cases wherever they have the opportunity. Mr. Skerrit telling his supporters that the Parl Reps will be fired if they don’t stay in their communities is a true indication of what the UWP Team Dominica and many of the people residing in Dominica that there has been no representation; Work in constituencies are measured with the next election in mind and the Prime Minister can come a week and a day before election to bribe and issue promises. What a shame. The process is slow but it is surely coming around.

  79. Too Hard Too Long
    December 10, 2014

    Linton, I would love to hear you say something on what we will get from having a stronger opposition. I would love to hear about the difference that you and your team are going to make as part of parliament. I would love to hear how the Dominican public is going to benefit from having you in the house.

    I am so tired of hearing Skerrit this, Skerrit that. I want to hear about you now. Now is your chance to prove your statesmanship with actions instead of just words. We have seen Skerrit in action for over 10 years. Show us how you are the better man. I am waiting.

  80. Timothy
    December 10, 2014

    Commisserations Nr Linton

    Yes, it is very sad that the election campaign degenerated into such a shocking debacle.

    Let’s all mo e forward in the Lord Almighty.

    I hope you have a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year.

  81. De Real 1
    December 10, 2014

    Elections are over. Now it is time to move on and build this great nation of our together regardless of our political affiliation.

  82. The Fact
    December 10, 2014

    Mr Linton and Team Dominica be encouraged. We fought a good fight and the good Lord knows exactly when the reward will come. Stay solid!! The support you rallied over the months will get even greater. God’s PEACE. Remember the theme song used when You and Team Dominica came on stage together. He raises us up.

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