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.”