UWP and government court matter adjourned due to LIAT strike

UWP Leader Ron Green is contesting his two-vote loss in Laplaine

A court matter scheduled for this morning involving the leading opposition party United Workers Party (UWP)and  the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has been adjourned till next week.

According to information reaching Dominica News Online, certain officials related to the high court case were unable to be flown into the island due to a LIAT pilot strike yesterday. The matter was postponed till Monday or Tuesday next week.

The United Workers Party had filed several petitions against the DLP in January against what they claim to be gross irregularities in the conduct of the December 2009 general election polls.

The DLP was victorious over the opposition party gaining 18 out of the 21 seats. The UWP acquired the remaining three seats but recently lost two due to non-attendance at the nation’s parliament.

At the pinnacle of the UWP petitions list was the allegation that the prime minister illegally contested the elections by being a holder of dual French and Dominican citizenship at the time; an action which is contrary to Dominican law. The court is therefore being asked to set aside the prime minister’s victory in his constituency-Vieille Case due to this.

Other constituencies being contested are St Joseph, which involves John Abraham of the UWP, Kelver Darroux and others; the Roseau South seat involving  UWP candidate Bobby Frederick, Ambrose George of the DLP and others.

The Salybia constituency, which was won by DLP candidate Ashton Graneau, is also being contested. Claudius Sanford contested for that seat for the UWP.

Parliamentary elections in the La Plaine constituency between the Leader of the UWP Ronald Green who lost by two votes against the present Minister of Education Petter St Jean is also being contested by the UWP.

At the last hearing, the judge had ordered the applicants (UWP) and respondent (the government) to prepare and submit affidavits, submissions and applications to the court ahead of the trial on June 17-18, 2010.

At the end of that hearing, DLP attorney Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan told reporters that his team was confident about the case and that the government was not taking the matter lightly.

“We’re taking these petitions very , very ,very seriously but at the same time we intend to confront them and attack them quite seriously as well. We’re not gonna just leave them to just lie and leave them to lie there with all  these allegation in there….our purpose is to narrow the petitions down to either nothing or very little.. Whether it works out or not, I do not know…”Astaphan said.

Meanwhile, the UWP team is being led by Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes of Trinidad. Stuart Young of Trinidad represented the party at the last hearing. He told the media that his team was quite confident with the petitions

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4 Comments

  1. Sheldon
    June 19, 2010

    ?????????

    Totally out of context

  2. anonymous
    June 18, 2010

    not only do we have paranoid schizophrenics as a result of their abusive childhood, we have francophobics!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Sheldon
    June 17, 2010

    If is one thing I know about lawyers is that they always fall in love with their own arguments and never seem to consider another lawyer's point of view or arguments!

    Hence all lawyers will tell you that they are confident about their chances in court – because they are in love with their arguments.

    Another problem with lawyers is that they try and take forever to get an opinion right!!!!!

    My goodness, it is an opinion!!!

    When will these people get real?

  4. BirdsIsle
    June 17, 2010

    Why has the US secretary of defence and the secretary of state visited the caricom leaders?

    Is Dominica being placed in the middle of the War of Gog and Megog?

    Is Jimit the military fuel storage for Bird island?

    why do the towers have moss code lights?

    Is Melville hall the military night landing for bird island? what happened to the civilian night landing flight ???

    Are not Iran, France and Russia helping Venezuels to develop their military capabilities?

    Did not Putin and Iran promise to help Venezuela develop nuclear power?
    Has there been a coupe in the DLP? Has Dominica had a coupe?
    How many wars did France fight to gain control over Dominica’s resources?
    How many people were fooled by “Prime Minister Skerrit had secondary citizenship in France,”?
    1. Why is it that not even the DLP members can name an alternative?
    2. Have they themselves not been overthrown?
    3. Is there only one possible leader in the DLP?
    4. Isn’t even L Linton fooled into making the above?
    5. Is it not that he has a Primary citizenship in France and allowed to hold a secondary passport of Dominica in order to fulfill his Civil or Military service of the other country=Civil or Military service of France?
    6. Do the French have a policy of civil /military as attaché service in other countries?
    7. http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem.asp?articlenumber
    8. For example: Are there not French civil/ military personnel working as Teachers, Doctors, architects, dentists, …Prime Ministers/ Presidents in Dominica and other countries?
    9. I take my hat off to what seems to have been the most successful coupe to have ever taken place.
    10. I recall the previous coupe when the DBS radio played music and no information was given. Was there any difference in December 2009?
    11. Mastery of psychology: Why and when was the mural changed in massacre prior to so called elections? http://www.dominica.gov.dm/cms/index.php?q=node
    12. What is the statistical probability that France is not aware of the PM of Dominica holding a French passport?
    Loyalty?
    1. Do Actions speak louder than words?
    2. Who designed and built his house? Did he trust Dominicans to do so?
    3. Does someone who is confident in his plans for the “Next Level” seek and hold onto another citizenship as their primary citizenship?
    What service is he providing for the French/motherland?
    1. Who released the French fishermen who were caught by the coast guard?
    2. How many hundred thousand tons of Fish are being extracted annually from D/a waters by French ? 100 tons @~ $12.00 / lb in French market=?
    3. Does the Dominica Coast guard have a French registered vessel?
    4. What is the value of the geothermal agreement signed to French company?
    5. Do the math yourself: 100 Mega Watt of electricity in 1st 5 years *$0.60/ watt=?
    6. Are there far reaching consequences of secret dual citizenship?
    a. http://www.stabroeknews.com/2007/stories/04/01/

    7. How do other ECC bank member nations view being deceived by Dominica. Are we an EU operative?
    8. Have they been embarrassed?
    9. Had they known of the secret allegiance to a foreign power would
    10. Oaths ACT Chapter 5-50
    11. http://www.dominica.gov.dm/laws/chapters/chap5-

    12. We have been allowed to hold these office posts and negotiate on their behalf?
    13. http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/storie
    14. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France_and_weapons

    15. Have the Caricom members all along been deceived by Dominica/EU operative at the forefront of trade negotiations?

    16. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Story/64530/W
    17. Did the OECS, CARICOM, OAS and Alba rely on the integrity and due diligence of Dominica’s electoral office?
    18. http://www.dominica.gov.dm/laws/chapters/chap10
    19. http://www.navysite.de/navy/fleet.htm
    Are they now asking if there a conflict of interest in Dealing with:
    20. National and regional security
    21. EU/Caricom Trade negotiations
    22. National Energy contracts
    23. Regional Monetary policy (Eastern Caribbean Central Bank)
    24. CSME
    25. OECS
    26. OAS
    27. National/regional Fishing resource (interference in coast guard due process/law)
    28. Seismic/Oil exploration 2008
    29. Multimillion dollar road/ Airport construction contracts
    30. Quarry contracts
    31. Telecommunications (Encouraging Orange/lime/Digicel while Marpin was in deep trouble)
    32. Tourism
    33. Other “investments by Invitation” that directly displace local investors…

    What was the previous mural in Massacre?

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