Political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Ron Green said his party is expected to examine with its lawyers the possibilities of appealing the decision to strike off three of their election petitions at this morning’s High Court hearing.
Green told Dominica News Online he is disappointed in Justice Errol Thomas’ decision to strike out what they consider to be three of the most important of their election petitions against the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) Administration.
“We are very disappointed that the judge did not see it fit to have a hearing on these matters,” Green said.
However, the court is proceeding with the hearing of the election petition put forward regarding the dual citizenship status of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Parliamentary Representative of La Plaine Petter St. Jean, who is also minister of Education and Human Resource Development. It is alleged that the two hold French passports- an action which is unlawful, according to the Constitution of Dominica.
Prime Minister Skerrit admitted during the 2009 campaign to being a French citizen. ““My mother was born in Guadeloupe and she lives in Guadeloupe. I was born in Dominica in 1972 and a few weeks after I moved to Guadeloupe where I stayed a lived there for some time. By virtue of the fact that my mother is French and when she got to Guadeloupe she declared me as her son, I became a French citizen,” he said.
This petition, along with four others was decided upon in the High Court. The UWP is contesting the St Joseph, Roseau South, Salybia and La Plaine Constituencies, which were won by the DLP in the December 18, 2009 General Elections.
The matters that were stricken off include allegations of bribery, the lack of access to the state media, and irregular electoral conduct. They were ignored because of lack of sufficient evidence.
In the case of access to the state media, Green said the petition was thrown out because of a technicality. “We should have pleaded unequal access instead of lack of access,” he added.
The respondents to the petitions, which included representatives of the Prime Minister (Government) and the Electoral Commission, sought to have all petitions eliminated.