Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) will file candidates to contest by-elections in the Salisbury, Marigot and Roseau Central constituencies.
These are the only three seats that the United Workers Party were able to capture during the December 18, 2010 elections, but have been left vacant in the House of Assembly following their decision to boycott the parliament.
But Prime Minister Skerrit told the ground-breaking of the new water supply for Delices this evening that he has asked the DLP branches in these three constituencies to meet and endorse the candidates for a by-election “if these persons who have been elected to serve these constituencies continue to boycott the parliament”.
He said: “Parliament is for serious people and parliament is for serious business. We cannot have side shows when people need their interest and issues to be represented inside parliament. We are going to Parliament for a second time on March 29th and April for a third time and we will go back for a fourth time and those who want to miss three sittings of the parliament and make the seats vacant, the DLP shall file candidates to contest by-elections in these constituencies and I have no doubt the DLP candidates will be voted into parliament.”
The United Workers Party has organised a press conference carded for Wednesday and the matter is expected to be addressed there, UWP Leader Ron Green noted when he was contacted for comments.
Prime Minister Skerrit said “when you are playing a game of cricket and you out then you have to accept you are out. You cannot break the wicket and break the bat and take your ball and go home and not come to field. If you playing a football match and your team were beaten 18-3, take it and go home and practice and come back again”.
He said all hands must be on deck to handle the county’s business, especially in a time when the world is going through difficulties.