The United Workers Party (UWP) has called on the Roosevelt Skerrit-led government to immediately terminate the Economic Citizenship Passport Programme.
“In light of the present doubts, serious concerns and questions in and out of Dominica regarding our Passports the United Workers Party calls on the Skerritt Government to terminate the Economic Citizenship Passport Programme forthwith and to revoke all suspect Diplomatic Passports immediately,” the UWP said in a brief statement today.
The UWP also called for an independent investigation into the programme. “We call too for an urgent, full, and independent investigation into both passports schemes which appear to be dangerous threats to our sovereignty,” the statement said.
The programme has been under the microscope in recent times and has caused much controversy as allegations swirled that Dominica’s passports are being sold indiscriminately with some being in the hands of people with disreputable characters.
However the government has defended the programme saying it was designed to attract investors to Dominica, and applications for economic citizenship must be “heavily scrutinised.”
Dominica began its economic citizenship program in the 1990s.