“The beginning of a new day in the Laplaine constituency.”
These were the words of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) President and DLP candidate for Laplaine Peter St. Jean following a recount of ballots Saturday, which went in his favour.
St. Jean said, even so, the fresh results did not surprise him.
“I was always of the opinion that I had won the election,” St. Jean stated, adding “contrary to the information that was given by the electoral office to DBS radio, where it would have appeared that I had lost by 12 votes, what we had got officially from the representatives of the electoral division was that Ron had won by two votes.
“I was never surprised that we had actually won the election in the Laplaine constituency,” he stated.
But even in the midst of victory celebration St. Jean says he’s expecting a legal battle with the opposition.
“I think he [Ron Green] was crushed, he was broken, he was battered and he walked out of the polling station pleading that the returning officer had cheated and that he was going to take up the matter legally, so I expect a serious legal battle,” St. Jean said.
But St Jean affirmed that the election was fair, and according to him, Laplaine “was probably the constituency where we had the highest number of observers”.
“We are not perturbed by that,” he added.
Tags: Election 2009