The United Workers Party (UWP) has called off a planned “demonstration” at the Douglas-Charles Airport.
The demonstration, according to UWP leader Lennox Linton, was to protect democracy.
“We have a democracy to protect, we have a vote to protect from criminal behavior. We have a vote to protect from an illegal overseas vote from violation of the House of Assembly Elections Act in Dominica that Roosevelt Skerrit and his gangs are threatening to use and take the result of the election in their favour,” he said at a meeting in St. Joseph on the weekend.
It is alleged that a charted plane of overseas voters is expected to land at the airport on Wednesday.
But on Monday Linton told a press conference the demonstration has been called off.
Instead, he said, the UWP has filed a report to the chief of police, Daniel Carbon, asking for an investigation into allegations that Dominica’s Election Act is being violated.
“We have presented today to the chief of police facts which points to breaches of Section 55, Section 56, 57 of the House of Assembly Election Act,” he said. “We further believe that these facts also expose a further criminal conspiracy which we also reported.”
He said the UWP advised that a conspiracy offense, even after a summary offense, constitutes an indictable offense “try-able by the High Court for which the perpetrators may be liable to fine and or imprisonment.”
“We further believe that every person, inclusive of persons who have aided and or abetted the violators of the Act and the conspirators are also liable to criminal prosecution,” Linton stated. “We believe that every person who knowingly accepted any bribes, gifts or any other unlawful inducements to travel from abroad to cast their votes in the general election are within this category.”
He also said those who violates, or intends to violate, or have violated the provisions of Section 55 and 56 and 57 of the House of Assembly Elections Act are also liable for criminal offense.
The UWP has always contended that the Dominica Labour Party is involved in bribing Dominicans overseas by bringing them into the island to vote.
The charge has been denied by the DLP saying that all Dominicans have the right to vote as long as it is done within the laws of the island.
DLP campaign manager, Vince Henderson, stated that what political parties can do, is to facilitate people to vote.
“The Dominica Labour Party, if it wishes to exercise its rights to facilitate Dominicans overseas to come home to vote, it may do that if necessary,” Henderson said.