Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has warned supporters of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) that the blood of Dominica will be on their hands if they do not vote for their party or refrain from voting all together.
Speaking at a rally in Wesley on Tuesday evening, Skerrit said Labourites who do not vote for the DLP are in essence in conspiracy with the United Workers Party (UWP).
“If you do not go out and vote then you are conspiring with the UWP to change the government,” he said. “If you choose not to go out and vote then you are indirectly voting for Lennox Linton to become the prime minister of Dominica. I say tonight that the blood of Dominica would be on your hands, all those who triggered the demise of this beautiful country of ours.”
The prime minister was probably referring to certain segments of the DLP in Wesley who had expressed disatisfaction over the choice of Athenia Benjamin to replace outgoing MP, Gloria Shillingford.
The move has been described as a form of ‘dictatorship,’ a ‘disappointment’ and an ‘injustice’ by chairman of the DLP Wesley Constituency Association, Cleaveland Dodds.
He had promised to “deliberately mash up” everything if Benjamin, who lived in Canada for many years, was confirmed as candidate for the general election.
But the prime minister told supporters that every single vote makes a difference.
“Of course your vote will no doubt make a difference,” he said. “You can ask Lorreen Bannis-Roberts of Castle Bruce, you can ask Petter Saint Jean of La Plaine, every single vote matters and counts in this general elections, every seat matters for the DLP. The ruling party in St Vincent won the last elections by one seat, the ruling party in Barbados won the last elections when the very last seat was declared. Your vote, my dear brothers and sisters, comrades, Labourites, your vote matters because it can decide who wins the Wesley seat and who wins the government of Dominica.”
He said the DLP is united in its resolve to retain the Wesley seat.
“Speaking from this podium tonight were both the outgoing and the incoming parliamentary representative for Wesley,” Skerrit said. “They both understand the critical importance of the Labour Party retaining that seat and the Labour Party retaining the government of Dominica, they both want Labour to win and I daresay this evening they both want Roosevelt Skerrit to return as the prime minister of Dominica.”
General election will be held in Dominica on December 8.
In the Wesley constituency Benjamin will be going against the UWP’s Ezekiel Bazil.