Leader of the Peoples Democratic Movement Dr. William Para Riviere is dispelling the notion by critics that the opposition will not be able to effectively represent its supporters if it follows through with a decision not to attend parliament.
The United Workers Party has said that it would boycott Parliament in the midst of allegations of bribery and corruption during the December 18, 2009 general elections.
Dr. Riviere said he supports the decision by the UWP, claiming that the opposition must now do all they can to keep in touch with their support base.
“I don’t know that parliament is the best medium for people to keep in touch with their community because given the wholesale nonsense, the character assassination and rubbish they discuss in parliament; I think there are other ways in which a party can keep in touch with its base,” he said.
Riviere is suggesting that the opposition conduct community meetings and educational sessions.
“If the UWP stays away from parliament, then they are not going to be keeping in contact with their support base through the parliamentary debates so they have to devise other means,” he added.
He said evidence suggests that parliament is the least effective way of keeping in touch with the people.
Meanwhile, Dr. Riviere said never before has there been such blatant disregard for the law.
“Opposition forces were denied access to the national media, people were paid money to vote for the ruling party, they brought in plane loads of people to vote and that amounts to fraud,” he said.
Dr Riviere said the UWP’s decision is a principled one.