Plans to restructure UWP – winning Salisbury candidate says

Newly elected parliamentary representative for the Salisbury, Morne Rachette and Coulibistrie constituency Hector John is denying statements that the United Worker’s Party’s (UWP) decision to boycott Parliament reflects a lack of representation for its supporters.

MP elect for Salisbury, Coulibistrie and Morne Rachette constituency Hector John

In an exclusive interview with Dominica News Online John referring to the action as a rightful one, said party supporters are in agreement with it.

“That decision is overwhelming by United Workers Party supporters, not only those in the Salisbury constituency, but around Dominica and even those Dominicans living abroad who were really looking at the elections in a way that we would try to bring a level of development to the people,” John stated.

He believes Dominicans have been “disenfranchised” by what has taken place during Friday’s General Elections, claiming there were acts of bribery and inducement during the campaign up to Election Day.

John, who has resided in New York for two-and-a-half years, claimed he witnessed persons who were residing in the US for a very long time from Colihaut and St. Joseph coming here to vote.

“It is alleged that buses were escorted to the tarmac of the Melville Hall Airport and they were loaded and escorted directly to polling stations. How can that happen in a democratic society? … the decision by the United Workers Party and its supporters to stay away from the House of Assembly is sending a message not only to locals but the regional and international agencies that the elections was indeed fraudulent,” he asserted.

Preliminary results indicated that Opposition Leader Ron Green of the La Plaine constituency won to the Dominica Labour Party’s Petter St Jean, however after a recount the votes went in the favour of St. Jean.  DNO inquired whether Green’s position for party leader would be ‘up for grabs’ considering his loss at the polls, and John’s response was “that decision has to be made by the party. I am in no position to make that decision, but we all know what transpired in La Plaine.”

He alleged that bus loads of overseas-based Dominicans were transported to that constituency to hinder Green’s victory at the polls.

“The party has its majority. In terms of the leadership of the party, the party has its base and we have to see what direction we are bringing the party. We’ll have a post-mortem as we move in the right direction… if you look at what transpired during the elections you can see that the United Workers Party was on course, our message was current, our platform was respectful; our platform was in the interest of the people,” John noted.

According to him, the UWP is specifically committed to focusing on the socio-economic development of the country.

His message to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is to  do some self-evaluation and reflect upon his actions during the election campaign and days leading up to the General Election.

“He has to ask himself a question.  Did you really win that election? … the United Workers Party will not legitimise that election by going to the House … there are a lot of Labourites who support the move because they’re now understanding what really took place,” the Salisbury politician added.

This move is bigger than the UWP in his view. He questioned PM Skerrit’s intentions to approve of voter ID cards on the heels of a General Election.

Since 2005 John recalled his party advocating for Electoral Reform. “In the campaign in 2005 on the Newtown Savannah when we brought in the gentleman from the UPP in Antigua and he spoke about Electoral Reform, we have been pushing that for the longest time [and] all of a sudden Mr. Skerrit is talking about Electoral Reform … Anywhere you have Electoral Reform the United Workers has the majority already ,” John said.

UWP members are expected to restructure the party. John admitted this needs to be done following the post mortem of the elections.

“I will continue to work with my constituents … they will not be isolated; they will be informed every step of the way what decision we’ll be taking. They have been advising me from Friday on what direction we are taking for our constituency … everybody knows I’m very much involved in the community and even being out of Parliament I’ll be able to work with them put plans and programmes to help better the lives of our people,” he stated.

The constituency’s former MP Earl Williams has called John to congratulate him.  “He called me the same night and congratulated me. We always had that rapour it’s just unfortunate what transpired. He wanted to stay away from the process… everybody knows why he spoke recently, but he always gives support anything positive in the community. Not only he but other Dominicans from Salisbury, Morne Rachette Coulibistrie who live abroad try to give support,” John added.

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  6. miss anestin baron
    December 28, 2009

    yes yes yes…..
    first of all mr hector john, you are young, you are still in your prime. if you are the positive young guy i knew you to be then you’ll not even continue with this kind of “talk”. for a young man who as you said, just came from furthering your studies, do something with yourself that can be of benefit to yourself, your family, your constituency, and dominica on a whole. dont let the guys who have past their prime be models to you cause its only your future you’ll be holding back. if you want to cross the floor, try a ting. not that i’d support fthat for my party but as i said you just start in the business. if politics not for you then leave it alone. get off skeritt back. cant you see that … will never let you a young man strive to achieve???? its only three of you guys left. if i was a supporter of the UWP i’d suggest you to be the leader of the UWP but be honest, you think ..will allow a young man to take up that mantle??? the man wont give up his party. he rather take it to the grave with him. see how great the young, beau and energetic skerrit did. cant you see you cant get anywhere with these old men. stop being like these old men all bitter and power crazed. its one day at a time. look at our team labour 2009. we have young, vibrant, energetic, intelligent, good looking men and women on our team. DR KENNETH DARROUX. KELVER DARROUX, NURSE JUSTINA CHARLES, AND JOHNSON DRIGO just to name a few. what competition can you put up against these guys Spags??? none whatsoever so just back off and accept defeat ok. take that from a strong labour supporter but also someone who believes you can achieve so much away from this so called opposition. being in opposition in dominica right now aint even making sense right now.

  7. December 28, 2009


    Are you really serious? Do you really mean this? Hector even I do not support the UWP, I looked at you as one of the progressive member who would look at reorganising your party. You have fallen prey to the hate game of the older members of your party. The youth in your party are looking at you for hope in a party where there is no hope wtih leaders who hate and hate and who preach hate and negativity against our beloved country. Hector when we are a little brighter than others, those others look at us to teach them and be example to them. So if we tell them rubbish, they believe us, when we slander they believe every little word that we say about those we slander. Those who hate so much that they disseminate lies and slander against others are not doing service to this country and the people whom they purport to represent. Humble yourself Hector and look into yourself – Would you like to be in the shoes of the one whom the “learned Elite” of your party slandered and belittled. Remember what goes around comes around not to your children and your children’s children but in this lifetime. Good will always and eventually overcome evil. Hector stop repeating what the elder members say about election not being free and fair and all that rubbish talk of bribery. Hector u know that this is not true. Your party asked for Election, it was called. They asked for Election Observers and they were here and you all are still not satisfied. Hector stand up – you are an elected member- represent your people. Do not allow the power hungry persons to use you and turn you into a nightmare and bitter person because if you become bitter with hatred, it will be your own self you are hurting. Hector rise up and take on the mantle. Oppose if you may but be constructive. Don’t say this is politics. Politics is not what you are professing it to be. It is our Heavenly Father who puts up and puts down Government. Fear the Lord and lead and represent your people with your eyes on the father for wisdom and understanding.

    I am one who is praying for Politics to go the next level -and that is Those who Fear the Lord and Respect and obey him will be the leaders of this Country. I pray for our Young Prime Minister and the other members of Cabinet that they will seek the face of our Heavenly Father who will guide them to lead this countrty in this turbulent world. I am also praying for the Opposition and that includes you that you will seek the face of the Almighty Father to give you all wisdom to oppose constructively and not be doing nonesence like boycotting parliament when you should be representing the people who voted you in. I pray that Jealousy/envy will be strucked out of your party. I pray that those who hate and spread discord will be brought naked and be removed from the forefront of party politics in our country. I pray the selfish persons will also be removed andf replaced with selfless individuals who really and truly love their country. Hector please take note. Choose which side are you on – the Lord’s side or the other dark side.

    Hey Spaggs – Advice your colleagues that the mouth is powerful and life or death comes from it. So Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssssssse stop speaking evil about our country…..stop encouraging those slanders…. Give a hint to Lennox and Mattt. Please use your mouths to bless this land of the Lord. Praise to the Father for his guidance.

    Hector stand up and stand out./

  8. s
    December 27, 2009

    There was a beautiful song written by Hurricane a few years ago about a One Party State. Can’t remember if he won the crown with that one but it would be good if DNO could get the words to this song and share with all the readers of this site.

    All I will say here is that we must be careful for what we ask for in life – be it via calypso , the written word, or vocal expression …. we may just get it!!!!!!!!

  9. December 27, 2009

    my boy stop the crying na! its over move on ,uall LOST,do the math count the number of ppl that that voted an the amount off ppl that came home,divied the LABOUR VOTES AN UWP VOTES,an the ponit u making about ppl coming home does not make sence,uall was not ready ,an man up, an say that,uall LOST,STOP CRYING AN MOVE ON,my boy WHAT DID JONH MACCANE TELL OMBAMA,THANK U AN I WISH U WELL, PLEASE DO THE SAME,AN WIPE THE SHAME FROM U ALL FACE,

  10. Fbd
    December 27, 2009

    Can you imagine that a few Labourites are saying NO MORE ELECTIONS IN DA ?
    HOW SAD ! !

  11. Fbd
    December 27, 2009

    People seem to forget that it was Mr Skerrit who requested a ONE PARTY SATE during the 2005 campaign. Now thats it looks like a reality , why do i hear all those noises ! !

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  13. December 27, 2009

    i did not hear anybody defending the portsmouth people when the were getting bash left and right for voting labor for 50yrs.this is to show you possi people stand firm with the labor movements/.when freedom party won 17 seats a few yrs ago after patrick john mess up things i did not hear about one party state.when uwp won most of their seats in 1995 i did not hear of one party one has the right to curse at the people from salisbury,so just like you all had no right to call portsmouth people names either.DOMINICANS COME ON LETS UNITE AS A PEOPLE,WE ARE KNOW ALL OVER FOR THE MOST LOVING AND FRIENDLY PEOPLE IN THE CARIBBEAN.LETS NOT TARNISH OUR NAME AND REPUTATION BECAUSE OF THE ELECTION RESULTS.UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL.GOD BLESS THE NATURE ISLE MY COUNTRY OF BIRTH

  14. December 27, 2009

    TO A VOICE,this is the way to go,u sound like a man with moral reasoning,i wish everyone here could talk like you.u do sound like you are,neither labor,freedom or piece really make a lot of sense and a lesson to those writing all the garbage on here.peace my brother u are a true patriotic dominica.

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  16. Thoughtful
    December 27, 2009

    There has been much talk lately of Dominica being or becoming a “one party state” after the tremendous win of the Dominica Labor Party at the recent poll.

    From a political science perspective a one party state is “a type of party system government in which a single political party forms the government and no other parties are PERMITTED to run candidates for election.”

    Note the operative word “permitted” in the above quote.

    Single party states use a variety of intimidating methods or impose certain laws to prevent other parties from legally gaining power while others only outlaw opposition parties, while allowing subordinate allied parties to exist as part of a permanent coalition such as a popular front.

    From observation the situation in Dominica does not meet the requirements to be a one party state.

    Winning an election by a huge margin does not constitute a one party state. Mamo won a similar victory in 1980 and our democracy went on marching full speed ahead. Look at the once powerful Freedom Part now. In the US, there were varying times when either the Democratic Party or the Republican Party controlled Congress, the House of Representative and the White House all at the same time. And the US was never seen as a one party state.

    All of this just shows that democracy is a beautiful thing.

    December 27, 2009


  18. gee
    December 27, 2009

    And for the ones talking trash about Hector tell him to post his Ba for you guys to see. I am not knocking the guy but you guys need to stop seating on you brains. Hector went to Bronx Community College and they DON’t offer a bachelors program at a 2 yr college. Oh i forgot Salsibury people are very very smart. And yes i got mine from PACE……

  19. gee
    December 27, 2009

    Ok….. i think GOATS was a tufffff one to swallow so i will use ROCKS instead. And thanks for the invitation to visit you guys but i will wait for 2 yrs to pass then i will take you up on your invitation………….And trust me the rocks will still be rocks……i will also walk with my Ma and Ba and very important a donation ……….god knows you guys will need it…….what a bunch of fools……..Hector and UWP? you got to be kiddding me

  20. Amonrah Kobadi
    December 27, 2009

    As a born Dominican, i am totally annoyed by some of these negative energy being posted here. what makes one set of dominican believe that they are better than the other. as a born dominican, i represent da every where i dwel. my village do not define me. instead, its my island that defines me. so whether you are from grand bay, roseau or whereever, please bear in mind that your education system is the same island wide, your medical system is the same island wide, your culture is the same island wide, so please check yourself with these negatives that are being posted because we are not the only ones reading these garbage that we are saying about each other. its ok to attack political parties but when we start to insult village people thats totally unacceptable. when i travel the world and people ask me where am i from, i do not say st. soseph, nor do i say grand bay instead i say da. the same positive things that you say of your particular villages, is a representation of all of da. all of these political parties i would like to believe have da best interest at heart but unfortunately only one can win. as a politician myself i can tell you that the only difference between one party and the other is that one will distribute more of the purse throughout the island while bigging up their personal accounts and the other will distribute less of the purse while doing the same which is bigging up their personal accounts. with that said i will take a chance on the one who will distribute more of the purse. finally i do not care if someone gave me a brand new house to vote for them when i do get to the voting booth, they would have to hold a gun tio my head to get that vote. uwp lost fair and square. lets move on and allow the pm to continue the work of the masses. majority rule. the people have spoken. i love dominica and that means labor, uwp, and freedom plus the other parties.

  21. Zebwazzwer
    December 27, 2009

    Congratulaartion to the Salisbury massive!!

  22. sweetness
    December 26, 2009

    I wasn’t going to comment, however Gee is my target. I’m DO not have a political affiliation with any party in D/a. How dare you say he was in NY for over two years and have nothing to show for it. Foolish talk, he was a student DUH!!! BS, and to say salisbury ppl are ignorant, how can you make such a statement even if it’s your opinion. Because they voted for a party you do not support? Where is ppl democratic rights, no matter of anybody else’s opinion. I am not from that village, but it amazes me how dominicans love insulting each other for politics. Can y’all answer me skerrit didn’t have such a track record when he started. I live in the states and guess what ppl said when OBAMA came on scene, Obama who? I’m not in no way comparing my president to Hector John but i’m saying stop the madness.

  23. winston warrington
    December 26, 2009

    The Wesley constituency was abandoned by Jerome, then by Carbon,(both UWP representatives) followed by the abandonment of the Salisbury constituency by Earl Williams (UWP) . Now the remainder of elected UWP representatives are threatening to boycott Parliament. Apparently, it is becoming clear to the voters that the UWP is a party of very irresponsible individuals who are in constant violation of their social contracts to their constituencies.

  24. jean bawi
    December 26, 2009


    The election was fair and square, just as you won your seat in my constituency…and no I did not vote for you because I personally voted for my party. I must say the reason why your party lost the election was because they spent too much time trying to bring down one man in the name of Roosevelt Skerrit instead of telling the Dominican people what their plans were as far as development of the country if we were to elect you into government. The online manifesto was a big joke and the allegations of corruption was an even bigger joke. Now UWP just need to accept defeat and those of you who were elected should go to Parliament to represent the people who voted for you. You are an educated man and this is not the way you want to begin your political career or it will be very short lived. The UWP has to thank people like Shirley Allan, Lennox Linton, Gabriel Christian, Angelo Alleyne and the like for their big loss at the polls…..and as for Salisbury people saying that they do not need representation, that is just pure foolishness!!!!!!!

  25. jeno
    December 26, 2009

    congratulations to u and the rest of the crew. as a born and bread citizen of dominica i really feel sorry for the people singing for their supper from the dlp. they were bought and i have proof because my mom was given materials for a house, although she already has a house but guess what these materials are stored outside the house and is going to waste when there are poor people who really need it. p.s that mom asked for nothing but they really wanted her vote. she still did not vote them.

  26. wooti possi
    December 26, 2009

    so how do you classify ppl from the carib territory,portsmouth,castle bruce,colihaut,paix bouche constituencies just to name a few?guess they demonstrated thier stupidity.what do those candidate have to show?what is their track record.don’t just hit on one side.cuz if you ask me i’d say labour seem to have some really ignorant ppl.don’t you agree?

  27. December 26, 2009

    2 gee.. does bentley royer have a track record??? chooppps…. spaggs we behind you 100% we’re now a 1 party state. why yall cryin. yal put it so. take wat u get…. lol lol lol lmbo

  28. Looking on...
    December 26, 2009

    It’s happening again… so soon, and so sad… The people who voted you in Mr. John, deserves representation for the next five years. I disagree with your individual and party decision to stay away from parliament.

    It’s going to be 15 years of NO REPRESENTATION for the people of Salisbury just because a party lost the elections. It is not fair. And I am disappointed. I was looking forward to more positive things in my community, no matter who one.

    Staying away from parliament is like staying away from voting. You are giving away your opportunity to make a difference. And it’s a sad message for not only the people of the community but for all citizens. The party needs reforming… fine. It does! But the people need REPRESENTATION!!!

  29. Fbd
    December 26, 2009

    Come on GEE think before you contribute or rather before you comment- Do you have any comments to make on thePortsmouth and Grandbay constituents ? By the way there are decent ways of making money and I am sure Mr Hector knows how and I am very sure if you ask him he will not tell you GO TO HELL or its none of your D…. buisness !
    AS I said before i agree 100 % and more for the opposition to stay out of the House. Of course the likes of you would want them there so the jeering and the ridiculing wont stop.
    May i once again remind Dominicans that a ONE PARTY STATE is NOT a DEMOCRATIC STATE !
    What effect would the opposition have in the House ? The ” I ‘s will always : have it ”
    Furthermore there will always be loads and loads of money to bribe voters . There will always be the distribution of local Purchase Orders ( LPO ) during the peak of Elections.
    When will these things end ?- Permit me to tell you when- When the Great CREATOR AND JUDGE PUTS A HAND- NO ONE IS UNSTOPPABLE WHEN GOD SHOWS UP

  30. villager
    December 26, 2009

    gee shout ur a**…………. if u knew salisbury ppl u would not even comment and even give negative comments about salisbury people. WE are hard working individuals, we always strive to be above the rest and we have shown that to the rest of dominica. MR.HECTOR SPAGS JOHN oh my god u even want to speak bad about this young man. Mr.John has worked with the comnnunity for as long as i know, he went to NY and he has some thing to show for it he has a bachelors degree where is yours…. if u was educated and was following DNO u would have seen his acheivements.SALISBURY people voted for development and integrity. WE did not see that in BENTLY ROYER since he never communicated with the villagers prior to elections neither Ms.Walsh. WE the villagers are proud of our pal rep so if all u outsiders have a problem all u can……………………

  31. concerned
    December 26, 2009

    First of all mr.john, if your party had the means to bring people from the USA to vote they would have done talk about bribery? well i guess you dont have to look far since your party is known for you think that we the people of dominica will ever forget how greedy and selfish the united workers party has been ?what do you think that we the people are foolish enough to believe your lies?just take a look at the results an overwhelming victory it speak loud and clear that we understand

  32. A Voice
    December 26, 2009

    Hey Neg,

    Let me first start by congratulating you my brudder on winning your seat. I always told you that one day you would be in the position to have to take leadership from your party and reform it. You are one step closer to this right now.

    First of all man, this is just awful nonesense to be coming out of the hearts, minds, and mouths of learnt and educated men. When you run for election you run to represent the people irrespective of the odds and challenges that you face.

    I am no supporter of Labour, UWP, or any other particuliar party in Dominica and it is just my observation that the same claims of fraud and corruption that you guys are making now are the same ones that you guys were making before the election and you still chose to contest the elections under the same situation. You guys may very well be right, there could have been corruption and fraud and all that, BUT YOU GUYS CHOSE TO CONTEST. I refuse to believe that had you guys with the same allegations had won eleven seats in parliament, thus becoming the government that you would come out screaming for a re-election. You all would be satisfied that you had beaten the odds and go about forming a new government.

    People may come out on the media and express all kinds of positive and negative opinions, but I refuse to beleive that anyone elected you guys to go and boycott parliament. The people elected you guys to represent them and that is just what you guys should be doing.

    Ok, so only three of you were elected to Parliament, so what. This is three voices man, if you guys are in the right then you go in there and you fight day and night for the people you represent. If Skerrit and his government is wrong, then you point out where they are wrong and suggest improvements. If they are right, then you come up with improvements to make things even better and your efforts will never go un-noticed. But the thing is man, you go in there and you fight because this is what you were elected to do.

    I may remind you that one sole man with only a walking stick in his hand, went up against the world’s superior colonial power machinery and won. His name is Ghandi. So did MLK, going up against the machinery of the US government. I do not believe that three of you guys, if you are in the right, cannot go up and fight for the people you represent.

    You are a yute man, and there are times to follow but there are also times to lead. This might be a once in a lifetime opportunity, you can choose to make it slip by or not. The only thing this whole situation shows is that you guys are bankcrupt of ideas and creativity and is choosing the easy and coward way forward by saying you gonna boycott elections, to accomplish WHAT?

    You guys really believe that the rest of the world is going to say, “man the opposition boycotts the parliament, so this government not legitimate?” First thing they going to say is that there were independent observers there and they gave their approval of the electoral process. Man see what happened in Iran the other day, the whole world beside all their talking and showmanship didn’t have to put their tails between their legs and accept the present Iranian government?

    The Labourites won the elections man, and as far as the rest of the world is concerned, it was legitimate. Work with the cards that you’ve been dealt and come out better for it. To talk about boycotting parliament is stupid and childish. You all can talk from January to December about Dominica being a one party state, it is the will of the people. You guys now have pleasent opportunity of bending the will of the people to your favour, grab it!

    Be a leader my brudder, be a leader.

  33. December 26, 2009

    The only result that the UWP seem to want to accept as ligitimate is one in which they have won. While 61% of the Dominican community accepted the Labor Party’s style of government, they still claim bribery. Observers were brought down, they still claim bribery. Notice that the Parliamentary rep from Salisbury spent some time in New York…do I hear Diaspora anyone???
    This would have been comical if it was not so serious. The brand of politics that the UWP endorses is not one of development or care for Dominicans but one where they must win…If they don’t it is not fair and they will bring down Dominica and its democratic process in their quest. Dominicans are not listening to them…thank God. A piece of advice for the UWP. Join parliament and start working for the people. They will see your works and begin to start trusting and voting for you

  34. Domincan Student
    December 26, 2009

    Hector, please do not even think of crossing the floor. Do not sell your soul for 30 pieces of silver. The whole world knows that the election was bought by the DLP. I also think it’s not a good idea to remove Mr. Green from the leadership even if he did not win his seat. We all know he won his seat and the ballots were counted over and over again until this loser won. I would suggest that UWP start their restructuring now. The Domincans who committed this election fraud will soon see the error they made much sooner than later.

  35. Forward Thinking
    December 26, 2009


    Please keep your derogratory statement and negative criticisms to yourself and your father. Your comment clearly demonstrate to readers of this forum your level of intelligence. Based on your comment, it appears to be extremely substandard!

    For your information:

    Salisbury is one of the most progressive,self reliant, decisive communities in Dominica.
    We are self-sufficient.!
    We do not rely on hand-outs!
    We cannot be bought or sold!
    We are industrious!
    We are positive!
    We are very motivated!
    We are as solid as a rock! We cannot be shaken.! We cannot be stirred! We cannot be broken! We cannot be taken for a ride! We cannot be taken for granted!

    Have you been to Salisbury, or Dominica lately. Well I am extending an invitation to you to visit our beautiful village to witness the progress of this hard-working community. WE DO NOT SEAT ON OUR LAURELS!

    Hector ‘Spags’ John has spent 2 years in New York and INDEED has a Bachelor Degree to confirm his academic achievement and level of intelligence!

    Out of the 18 newly elected candidates on the DLP side some of them are ‘novice’ and are as ‘green’ as Hector in the political arena – examples, the Soufiere candidate, the Petite Savanne candidate, the Grandbaby Candidate, the St Joseph candidate, the Grand Fond candidate, the Salybia candidate, to name a few. This is their Political debut, and with experience comes knowledge and maturity.

    Please be objective and offer some impartial and positive criticisms!

    A Proud Dominican

  36. December 26, 2009

    everywhere uwp lost this guy blaming people from overseas..
    Man take your blows and go in the house and represent your ppl
    with your 3 seats…
    If Ron was popular in la plane then he should win his seat like
    how skeret won his seat, not by one or two votes…So Ron lost
    fair ans square,, man..

  37. Progressive mind
    December 26, 2009

    What the UWP now wants is leadership, and it seems that you have not gotten that in your head. The UWP must stop taking Dominicans for fools and respect our democratic rights. We have overwhelmingly rejected the UWP because they have no plans for the development of Dominica but believe they can continue to deter and block the path of progress that the Dominica Labour Party is taking.

    If they think they can take over 22,000 votes for granted, they better think again. Dominicans are fedup with mepuis and trying to take down one man by any means whatsoever, and would like to know after the boycott, What?

    What is the UWP offering to the young men and women of Dominica. We have seen the light and we are on the right path. So farewell UWP and keep continue boycotting, because your days are numbered. DFP now, who next.

  38. belbagay
    December 25, 2009

    what was skerrit track record when he was first elected to parliament

  39. December 25, 2009

    We Duminicans,we have fowl brains, LIKE to FORGET and LOVE to GWAYA !

  40. Dominican lover
    December 25, 2009

    Hector it is time the Upw wake up and stop calling foil when truly it is their poor planning which caused them to Fail. The
    american system allow its citizens to vote if they are eligible by sending them absentee ballots. In the caribbean they bring people home to vote. That is not illegal. UWP knows and have used this method in the past.
    In Americ and england just before election the governments give the people big tax refunds, to get their votes.
    Every where democracy is practised incentives are used to encourage people to get to the polls.
    so are you saying that America election was fraudalent and the people were briibed because it was and is the candidate with the most money who wins the White house. Is America now a dictatorship because the democraes got a big majority.

    If your party had won i would have congratulated and hoped you would have done the best for the Dominican people, but it would appear that ,u are onl interested if you have won. Your party was free to bring in voters, what about all the supporters in the USA, Shirley Allan and company they were free to come home to vote, no one stopped them.
    They held a conference in New-York and Dominic so why did they not go home to vote for you. Learn from this experience, and either change your party structure or join the Labour movement which is the grassroots movement of thepeople by the people.

  41. s.j
    December 25, 2009

    gee i hope you know d/a is a one party state dont feeling sorry for salsibury people feel sorry ……………..for the nation

  42. s.j
    December 25, 2009

    gee i hope you know d/a is a one party state dont feling sorry for salsibury people feel sorry ……………..for the nation

  43. December 25, 2009

    Salisbury people do not need any government to progess. That part we can do on our own. As for the people who are commenting your issues a point less.If your party has majority why the action of UWP should be affecting labour.Are u all saying that all need us to be the laughing stock of the house. The best persons to be opposition is the people that put the government in power. The fact that our number are small, by us opposing that make no difference. Mamo was in power for 15 year and the people that put her there is the one that take her out including the party. So the same will happen to labour which mean that u all don’t need workers to do so. But in the mean time we are there wait, as soon as all want honest people to run the country for u all we will do that

  44. KENT
    December 25, 2009



  45. Jon Vee
    December 25, 2009

    Salisbury people are not ignorant, we just march to different drummers

  46. newtral
    December 25, 2009

    Shame on you gee, how dear u try to insult salisbury people, we are smart, intelligent and hard working people. Notice what I said hard WORKING, no beggars.
    further more speaking of goat, i geuss, cottage, grand bay, v/case and Portsmouth would qualify.

    furthermore, since when you labourites know about representative, i never thought all you know that word. is not one man you vote for nah.
    By doing that you labourites are basically saying that the other 17 elected members from labour party are dunce.
    so what representation you talking bout.
    every single person who voted labour will regret, all ready the money starting to dry up…. whosssh.
    look rowe rowe in 2010.
    to my uwp breadren, if you can get out now, leave, if not start making ur way to leave this one party state, soon.

  47. Observer
    December 25, 2009

    The Funny thing is that man is so arrogant its not funny. He is an expert on everything and know every body business but his own. How can an iguana be placed to represent people. I hope when they start coming to him to pay their light bills he can help them.


  48. Middle of No Where
    December 25, 2009

    I have lived in the US for many years now………..I just want to know when did I lose my right as a born Dominican to vote? The second observation I would like to make is that at the end of the day the voter is the only one in the both casting his/her vote. There is no sure vote.

  49. pc
    December 25, 2009

    Stop the whining, complaining, bickering , criticising etc. Like it or not the election has passed and the people voiced their opinion. Now is the time for you to work with the present Government to build the country. All governmental powers are put in place by God , whether you believe it or not. Continue to work with your constituents and also with all the people of Dominica, for the betterment of the country. When I see the sort of things people come on hear and say during election time or any other time, it sometimes startles me the high level of stupidity that some people have. I am 100% Dominican, now whether I support the Labour party or the UWP is not issue at hand. It is time that we continue to pray for the good of the country and stop bring down each other and sometimes even our own selves. Politics is what is is Politics. There’s no one party that would do everything in favour of an entire country, not even a winning party! So suck it up , offer help where it is needed, think positive and help change our country for the good.

  50. Time for healing
    December 25, 2009

    Come on people, it is time to put the politicing aside and time to heal and move on. Salsibury people have every right to support whichever party and whom ever candidate they so desire and they should not be called names or think that they are stupid to exercise their democratic right. Let us understand that it may take a little time for them to get over the fact that they have really lost the election, so lets stop the bashing and name calling and move on. The voice of the people is the voice of God. God is the one that sets up government and he is also the one that put down, so let us all accept the fact that this government was set up by God because no matter what some people may think, if God did not want it, he would not allow it no matter how much money labour spent and how many plane load of people that came down to vote. If God allow it for good, let us all enjoy it , pray and give thanks and if he did allow it not because he wanted to but because he listen to the cry of the people and give thewhat they wanted, let us pray even more for his mercies and grace. Dominica is all of us own to build and develop

  51. all of us
    December 25, 2009

    thats what i was hoping they would ,let dominica see what its like to be without an opposition .let them stay like iraq

  52. The Patriot
    December 25, 2009

    To Gee,

    Just maybe…..The Christmas booze has gone up in your head. Where do you get the nerve to insult the people of the Salisbury constituency like that. I think the adjectives u used would better describe you. By the way who cares what u or any one else thinks. We voted the best man for the job and that’s that. Have a merry Christmas.

  53. Jean Coulibistrie
    December 25, 2009

    Hector Spags John,
    Please, for God sake, please don’t prove me right on the many points I pointed out about you and your lack of the basic characteristics to b a great Parliamentary Representative. It is too soon for me to say, “I told you so”.

    Spags, what the people of this constituency want/need is a capable person to represent them at parliament. Earl Williams ran away and abandoned the people and now you are saying because the top UWP clowns started swaying their heads and muttering their voice in disgrace of their lost, you are not going to be yourself, your own man, but instead start your political career by doing nothing in parliament for your constituency. Please don’t follow this selfish advice from the top clowns. Were they great advisors, they would be in power!!! A lack of our constituency representation at parliament would mean another five years that our villages will go without guidance at the nation’s highest body. We would just continue to be that flock without a shepherd.

    Hector, we asked you and pleaded with you to please use your popularity to win the Bawi seat as an independent candidate, void of all political road blocks, so to work with the/any party-in-power to help build our villages and unite our people. But NO, to you doing that would have been to advantageous to the villages and thus you felt the need to use party politics — the same tool that has broken our villages apart! Now, not only are the villages wounded by this last election but you insist on adding insult to injury by advocating the clowns’ call of abandonment and wants to start your political career by deliberating not representing us at parliament. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU!!

  54. !@#$%
    December 25, 2009

    Very good responses

    it;;s glad to see we are wisening up

    people of salisbury are very ignorant

  55. December 25, 2009

    For a so called educated man, I have never heard more rubbish like you have said. Did you listen to yourself Hector? Bus loads of persons we collected directly from the tarmac and driven to poling station! This is utter rubbish sir. No wonder you are following the three blind mice that that claim to be the leadership of the party, but I must tell you just in case you are not aware, that they are all sour grape at this time.

    I urge you sir, that even you are a member of a party this that not say that you have to dispaly the same nonsense that you colleagues are known for displaying. Listen to the voice of the peopel and make a difference and you will be at peace with yourself.

    How can a party bribed 61% of the electorate, total crap Hector. Stop it now, if not your political career will be short live.

  56. waddy
    December 25, 2009

    for your info two of mr ron green daughters residing in the states also came down to vote. also a gentleman residing in New Jersey airfare was paid by the united workers party so he could come down to vote. The problem is the DLP had more funds than the UWP so the DLP brought in more voters than the UWP so don’t act like u all did not bring in overseas base voters. Take That

  57. tired of inaction
    December 25, 2009

    wow, track record….look how much of a stir track record is causing in naming a cabinet. Where will you put all these “track records”? stop chastizing people, some Dominicans living overseas for donkey years and can’t/won’t come home because they have nothing to show for it. Others get scholarships and rather stay in the states and do their do there. It’s our country we’re dealing with, unfortunately all you’ll see are colors and personalities. and some of all you “living the life” overseas. come home to help in the rebuilding. I dare all of you.

  58. me!
    December 25, 2009

    He without sin cast the first stone, if u are guilty of bringing down 1 person to vote u are just as the labour party.

  59. Francis John
    December 25, 2009

    When will they learn?

  60. Dominican
    December 24, 2009

    “It is alleged that buses were escorted to the tarmac of the Melville Hall Airport and they were loaded and escorted directly to polling stations. How can that happen in a democratic society? …”

    Well that’s exactly what happens in a democratic society my dear! Those who are on the list and are eligible to vote are allowed to vote! So if that’s what you are calling bribery then come again! All I see the opposition continuously doing is ‘projecting’! All what they have been accused of or know they have done, or would most probably do; they keep accusing others of.

    My question to the issue of election reform is simple, when the uwp were in government did they ever think about it? Wasn’t it the same system that we used this year that was used in their time? Why wasn’t it an important issue then? So if it wasn’t corrupt then, why is it corrupt now? Also I don’t understand what this guy meant by anywhere we have electoral reform the UWP will have the majority! Because this election I think says otherwise.

    There were only close calls in 3 constituencies, all others were won by over 100 votes, and I for sure won’t believe that the gov’t paid for over 900,300 or 200 people to come down in one area! In my opinion, I think a lot of uwp supporters voted for the government in the areas that we won by close margins. Just look at what happened in your area, that is the closest race I have ever seen in that seat. Secondly I also think that a lot of uwp supports stayed away from voting because they were disappointed with the party and its leadership.

    Oh and I have heard people openly say that there were arrangements by the UWP to bring people down to vote last election and also this election, it would be interesting to hear what the party has to say in response to that.

    We have had 3 elections now since uwp won in 1995, in every one of the three elections the DLP got more votes and more seats. Every election since 2000 the Uwp has been opposing the results. This surely says to me and the people that you all are just too pompous and self-righteous to accept defeat! Is Dominica going to continue to be an atmosphere where every single day is politics, because some men just can’t accept loss?

    Why try to keep the country backward? Let’s move on people, if you feel that wrong things happened during this election take it to the courts. And don’t come here saying that your people are in support of this, because I doubt they fully understand what you guys are doing. If anyone is causing Dominica to have a one party state, it’s not the people of Dominica as a whole, it’s those who were elected by the people on the opposition side and have decided not to do what they were elected to do!

  61. Sunshine
    December 24, 2009

    For God sake stop pointing fingers and accusing the PM for your big loss. Accept the fact that Dominicans have demonstrated their rights. They make it clear who they want in power. Is a Landslide victory for DLP too hard to accept ? You stayed in New York over 2 years and came back to represent Salisbury in election so what is the problem with Dominicans living in New York and coming to cast their vote???? They are still Dominicans. Election is over so put your differences aside and come together to see what can be done to take Dominica forward.

  62. Loving-it
    December 24, 2009

    Hecctor boy ….dont just jump to wht UWP leaders want u to do and say…u r smart fella..u have come a long way..make good use of it…think wisely….think twice b4 u talk…lookout for yourself and your constituency……it would be sad to hear u start sounding like Ron Green and some others…look closely ..hope u see where dose foolishness got Ron..out on his ass…dont want u to end up like carefull and stay strong…..As i said b4 ..u r my boy we r on different team..would only want to c the best for u…

  63. yoyo(London Crew)
    December 24, 2009

    Hi Gee and rgonline,i agree with you 100%

  64. alameda
    December 24, 2009

    i find it hard to believe that charles severin has any concience to play any part in dominican politics.I remember charles severin as c s a leader , asking the patrick john govt. for 120 percent salary increase. as a former police officer i remember working during the 47 days strike witch crippled the country , and we will never recover from.most middle aged dominicans should remember that . and the dominica labour party has more guts , by making charles part of their govt.

  65. On De Fence
    December 24, 2009

    John and the UWP have never cease to amaze me. The Dominican electorate thinks the same.
    How on God’s earth can you continue to represent the people of your constituency out of Parliament?Is this a darn joke? This is not a Boys Scout or a soft ball organization. This is serious business and you and your UWP cohorts are making a really big fool of yourselves.

    You all behave just like, say, when one sets fire to dry trash, there is always a big flame only to die off in a few minutes.

    If you and the UWP are really serious, just write to the President before the next sitting of Parliament advising him that your party has no intention of taking your seats in Parliament and for that reason he should act under the constitution and nominate four persons of his choice as Senators.

    Should you find that too difficult to do, then it should be clear to all and sundry that you and your party are sour loosers and are full of it………

    History shall not fail to judge you and your party. You and your party continue to ride on that old tune of “CORRUPTION” it cost you guys 18 seats, just be carefull, the continued hymn “CORRUPTION” may just cost you all the remainder of your seats in the next election.

    Good Luck and looking forward to reading your party’s communique` to the President, indicating your intention.

  66. rgonline
    December 24, 2009

    Shame! Shame! Shame! I thought you were of a different mind set to your bosses, ron and eddie. Same old story. You are destined to failure if you do not disassociate yourself as a young person from the politics of hate and bitterness. Dominicans by 61% have rejected that politics not be guns but by the democratic process.

    Where are the programs, platform ideas and manifesto? … UWP COMICAL ONLINE MANIFESTO that no one can find. Dominicans are educated people, and no politicians should feel that they can seek to fool them a get away. The 20 pledges were 20 bribries to get votes, people did not buy them, period. How on earth can you promise people a currency in a village, not even my six year old daughter would even thing of this foolishness. Yet UWP, … educated men have this nonsense on platform. Wheel and come again. You and your party are not ready for 21st century politics. That is why people rejected UWP to the bobol bins of political death.

    Spend the next five years to heal, soul searching and assisting the government that God has put in place to build the country. All powers are put in place by God, even the those we may not like. God has put labour, that is their time, you can boycot, reject the voice of the people 61%, that will not change the will of the people and God.

    18 seats won by labour, ensures that they will be in power for the next two terms, they are not going to loose 10 seats in 2015, not by the wide margins that they won some of the seats.

    I am a young person, i would encourage you to consider moving over to labour and use your ability to serve your people like Timothy and the others did.

    love always


  67. gee
    December 24, 2009

    Election in Dominica cracks me up……..i am not going to insult salisbury people but why would they vote for a man with no track record. I guess if you put a goat to run in salsibury he would win in that place. This is not about labour or UWP. To run anything right you need money… how is he going to help you guys. Hector spend over to years in New York what he have to show for it. I feel sorry for those people of salsibury. My dad always say it’s better to deal with a mad man than a stupid man. And salsibury people have demonstrated thier ignorance.

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