Leader of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), Roosevelt Skerrit, has told supporters that voting in the December 8 general election is so important that on the morning of the polls they should bypass even taking a shower.
Speaking at a rally in Calibishie on Wednesday night he said Labourites should remain focused since they know what their mission is.
“I have been telling you what you have to do on December 8 is to wake up, or don’t sleep at all, pray to the almighty father, have your coffee or your bush tea or cocoa tea and go straight to the polls,” he stated. “You don’t have to bathe before you go, don’t waste your time bathing, don’t waste your time taking no shower nor bath, we are going straight to the polling station on December 8.”
He told supporters to put their X next to the shoe, the symbol of the DLP, “and put Labour back in power with a landslide victory.”
“So more progress can come to Dominica, more developments can come to our country and more people can feel that yes I am truly Dominican, I am Dominica, we are Dominica and we shall all proclaim how great the good Lord is and how great Labour Party has been to Dominica,” Skerrit said.
He also took a knock at those who he said want “to declare war” on Dominicans who want to excercise their right to vote.
“I am dumbfounded by a political party wanting to form the next government of Dominica would be so misguided as wanting to declare war on its own citizens for doing something that is entirely their rights and lawful entitlements as citizens of Dominica to do,” he said.
A group calling itself “The Citizens Forum for Good Governance” has begun publicizing names of people living overseas which it claims have accepted bribes and tickets from the DLP to come and vote in Dominica during the general election.
The United Workers Party (UWP) has aloso expressed concerns “about irregularities in the form of bribery of individuals to come to Dominica to vote.”
“The logic of the UWP is strange,” Skerrit said. “They spent hundreds of thousands of dollars last year flying to all corners of the globe, preaching doom and gloom to Dominicans abroad. They were hopin to whip up and anti-Dominican frenzy among Dominicans or persons in the diaspora but Dominicans abroad are following developments at home. Not only are they visiting more often but we have several social media avenue available for them to monitor and view developments at home.”
Campaign manager for the DLP, Dr. Vince Henderson, had said the party is not in the business of bribery but “if it wishes to exercise its rights to facilitate Dominicans overseas to come home to vote, it may do that if necessary.”