UWP disappointed in Electoral Commission meeting

Sanford said the party was disappointed at the commission's response to certain matters
Sanford said the party was disappointed at the commission’s response to certain matters

The United Workers Party (UWP) said it is disappointed in the outcome of a meeting held with the Electoral Commission to discuss efforts to achieve a free and fair general election in Dominica.

The party met with the Electoral Commission on Wednesday afternoon and said at a press conference on Thursday morning that although the meeting was generally successful, they were disappointed with the response of the commission on certain matters such as cleaning up of the voters’ list.

Deputy leader of the party, Claudius Sanford, explained that the party presented six major issues for discussion, including the cleansing of the voters’ list, the functioning of the registering officers in specific constituencies, the issuance of the multi-purpose ID cards and their use for voting in the upcoming general election, the importation of oversees voters, reviewing electoral laws and a public education drive.

“All these items were discussed thoroughly and we got some commitments on the part of the commission as it relates to public education,” he said, noting that there was agreement “in principle” in taking a look at the functioning of registering officers and the review of the electoral laws.

Sanford noted, however, that the party was particularly disappointed in the commission’s response to the other matters.

“It was very clear coming from the chairman of the commission that Dominicans will not be having a multi-purpose ID card for voting in the next general election,” he noted. “When questioned, the answer was we do not have the legal authority as is in our current law to ensure a total re-registration of voters.”

Sanford argued that Dominica should adopt the Antiguan model, which resulted in the total re-registering of voters in a matter of three months but apparently the commission gave the matter a cold shoulder.

“They said that it is going to take about two years to complete the issuance of the multi-purpose ID cards and I’m asking that there are models that we can look at such as the Antiguan model, the Jamaican model and they said that they have not looked at it,” he remarked.

He pointed out further that the Electoral Commission reported that they are not aware of bribes taking place in any general election and as such Sanford noted that he is suspicious of the commission’s operations as an independent entity under the Constitution.

Francis wants Dominicans to rally for free and fair elections
Francis wants Dominicans to rally for free and fair elections

In the meantime, Roseau South hopeful for the UWP, Joshua Francis, called on the Dominican public to rally with the party to promote a free and fair election.

“If we allow the electoral process to be contaminated what we will have is a distorted electoral result,” he said. “We want to ensure that every person who wants to elect a government does so freely and fairly so that it reflects his or her interest. Currently, there is a hunger for change in Dominica and Dominicans want to ensure when they cast their vote their vote reflects what they really want.”

He added that it is his belief that the party still stands a very good chance in the next election despite the “bloated” voters list.

“We want a fair, free and regular election but by no means are we dissuaded in our thinking that the people of Dominica will make the right decision and that is a decision in their interest, a decision to put away the gutter politics, politics of division, to the extent where they are encouraged to dislike one another,” Francis said.

According to the Electoral Office’s website, the Electoral Commission consists of the following:

-Gerald D. Burton – Chairman
-Kondwani Williams – Member
-Alick Lawrence – Member
-Mariette Warrington – Member
-Anthony Commodore – Member
-Steven La Rocque – Chief Elections Officer(Ag)

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201 Comments

  1. JoJo
    June 23, 2014

    Roosevelt Skerrit is like an athlete openly taking steroids to win gold using Dominica name. You want a champion like that and be proud of your country? Well, not me!!

  2. Doc. Love
    June 21, 2014

    I would like to congratulate Mr. Sanford, deputy political leader of UWP Team Dominica, for the manner he has handled the leadership role during the absence of Mr. Linton, the political leader. It was very funny to hear Kamala commenting that Mr. Sanford is in the lime light these days. It was even funnier to hear Simeon commenting that Mr. Sanford should be the political leader of the UWP. Please understand, the UWP is not a one man thing like the DLP, Skeritt and Skeritt alone. If Simeon wants Mr. Sanford to be the leader of the Party, why not get the supporters of the DLP to have him voted to the Parliament first, then, he can make a bid for the leadership of the UWP. Mr. Linton’s seat is sure in Marigot, therefore he will be in the Parliament.

  3. UWP?
    June 21, 2014

    I do understand about cleaning up the voters list but the question is, does that really prevent free and fair election? Yes it is true that my grand mother who is dead is still on the voters list but do we really expect her to come from the dead to vote? Dominica has small communities where everyone knows each other. Each political party investigates the voters’ list in their community and knows who cannot vote or who is dead before the election. They got their guard dogs present with all these names highlighted in red. Surely these people cannot vote or people purporting to be these people cannot vote. This whole issue about free and fair election is being blown out of proportion because some politicians are using it as a political strategy to convince others that the other politicians are dishonest when in fact they know that isn’t the truth. Lets not allow these politicians and their cronies play on our emotions but put Dominica first and vote wisely. I will not seek to tell anyone who to vote for. We all have eyes to see and ears to hear with a brain to make the correct decisions for Dominica and ourselves.

  4. June 21, 2014

    Is on purpose the Commission doing that I say because voting takes place in one day with all businesses open, so how it taking years to do the process? Is snails that there man.

    Based on our population the most it can take us with valid ID is two weeks.

    They say we working slow and lazy and the Chinese people working fast, well give the re-registration to the Chinese to do, I know we will complete it in a week. Is just scan your ID and sign.

    Tell the PM stop wasting money all over the place like a kid in a candy store and put it in the right place, towards Dominica’s Development. You doing too much financial damage for the next government to repair.

  5. Face the Facts
    June 20, 2014

    Dorival John, you are the idiot. You know you have no right to respond to anyone in such a manner. DNO should not have posted your comment, allowing you to spew insults. Can you not comment without being insulting?
    Why are you so crude, rude and disrespectful? I asked a question. You did not have to respond and in this unbecoming manner. You are an adult and should know better. I suppose you are not matured enough to know better.
    Why did you not reply as a civilized person? Gosh man, what type of persoin are you that someone comments and it gets you so uptight that you actually curse them? Why a few words could get you so angry? Watch your high blood pressure. You could get a heart attack, or aneurysm or a stroke.
    Up here things are done differently and in an orderly manner. For one, the population is much greater than D/ca. We receive, from Elections Canada, a voter’s card with our name and address, indicating the polling station, and a leaflet with relevant information. When we go to vote, we bring one piece of identification which has our name. It could be a utility bill or other billing statement and other acceptable ID with our address. These are our ID’s.
    When we arrive at the polling station we present those documents. They are matched against the list of names of the electorates and our names are crossed off. We are handed a folded ballot and are told, when we place our mark in the appropriate area, to fold it and place it in the ballot box. Then we walk away quietly. It s very dignified, peaceful and with no fuss.
    Those who may not have received a card, are registered as a voter will telephone the appropriate authority and enquire about it. Some cards do go astray in the mailing process. This procedure could be adopted in D/ca.
    The next time you respond, do so respectfully. What you stated is not nice. I am informing you, the Lord heard you and nothing goes unseen or unheard of by him. Be kind with your words. Never forget yourself and make the mistake of insulting people on this Website. For one, you do not own the Website and you do not know them and vice versa.
    You are out of place to address anyone in this manner and you are disrespectful to everyone who reads it including DNO staff. I do not know how your comment was bypassed and allowed.
    Know your place. We are civil to you. Learn from others that you may not pay a worst price in time to come.

  6. Francisco Telemaque
    June 20, 2014

    Educator June 19, 2014
    “I wonder what F.E Telemaque has to say about that. I am waiting to read his book.”

    Mr/Miss Educator, you see I am here in me house not bothering you; and you had to come and trouble me to get me to talk. Well (you doh can manipulate eh, except to say I doh talking eh!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahhahahahahahah!

    I did not read this one, until someone in Miami drew it to my attention, and told me you are awaiting my comments, don’t you people think we have too much time to spare, anyway you will not get a book on this one. It is not because I am short of words, I just do not wish to exhaust to much energy on this one, except to say no one should not be surprised at the disappointing outcome.

    You see the present government is not interested in fair elections, they simply want to win at all cost; if I was a contender, in a race, and found obstacles in the way that will help me to win the race, whereas the same obstacles would serve as a prevention in my competitors way, I would probably help to place more obstacles in the way of my opponents.

    Well, here we have it, that is what is happing with the Identification Card scenario right now. I hear talks of some multiple ID Card, an identification card is only suppose to have an expatriation date on it, along with the picture of the person it was issued to; along with the name of the person, the address where the person resides; and the date of the holders birth. I have a drivers license; that is all I need to identify myself, and I have used it even in a bank in Dominica, and it was accepted. All that is written on it is as Follows:

    DMV California DMV

    Driver License

    Expires …… X-X- 15

    C0……

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    Address……………

    Los Angeles Ca 9…………

    Sex: M Hair: Blk Eyes: Brown

    HT: 5-07 Wt:156 DOB …………….. In addition to that all it has is the day it was issued 2010 and I affixed my signature unto it, and rated a class: C drivers license. I used it to enter Canada, and Mexico in the past, so why should an ID card be any different to what is the same internationally. I know you wish I had fill in all the blanks so that you could have something to talk about. Yeah, I talk plenty, but I know when to shut up, okay!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaahah!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Face the Facts
      June 20, 2014

      They like you man. :lol: Did you mean “expiration date?”

      • Francisco Telemaque
        June 23, 2014

        “expatriation”

        Well, I do not know how to account for me writing expatriation date. Nevertheless, it is good that you understood that intended to say expiration date.

        By the way I have something to tell you: although It has nothing to do with this; I remember reading where you wrote about one baptism. I need to inform you that the sprinkling of water on a infant head, as the Roman Catholic does, that is not Baptism!

        That is another of the Roman Catholic rituals.

        Baptism is like what John the Baptist did in the case of Jesus Christ in the Wilderness. Baptism is burying one beneath the water; and that should only take place when one accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It must be a conscious decision made by an adult person.

        A baby cannot decide for itself, the custom in Dominica is within ninety days parents run to a priest, pay him some money to sprinkle water on a child’s head and then when the child is grown, we say ” well you are baptized Catholic!”

        That does not mean squat, it has to be a conviction, that God and Jesus Christ exists, and the individual accepts Christ. Any other actions, which is not the symbol if identifying with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ matters not. Hence, the sprinkling of water on a baby’s head is not baptism!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • heckle
      June 22, 2014

      You make people sick you narcissist. You the ultimate show off. No wonder people move away from you

  7. Ou ja konnet
    June 20, 2014

    I would really like to know why the DLP supporters don’t want electoral reform

  8. just saying
    June 20, 2014

    UWP you see how things come back and bite alyou in alyou behind?your party started bringing people down her to vote did it not?now you guys don”t want others to do it.now i got some questions: why is it that team dominica keeps travelling overseas to speak to other dominicans leaving abroad?is it to tell them don’t come back to vote?what is the reason why team dominica finds its so necessary to go out there to speak to dominicans living out of dominica if not to encourage them to come down to help “make a change?”we’ve read about their many many trips abroad,i’m just curious as to what exactly is their reason for these trips.uwp started a lot of bad habits,which are being replicated by this government.no i donot condone it, all i’m saying is uwp seems to be saying”do as i say,don’t do as i do”

    • JoJo
      June 20, 2014

      Why so many words when the thing is so simple:

      – if it was wrong then to bring in people it is wrong now and Lennox Linton said so.
      – more important, we have potential investors and talent amongst the many Dominicans overseas. Why should the oppostion (or even the ruling party) not make use of such resources? There are more Domicans with money outside than inside Dominica. so why not tap into that?

      • UWP?
        June 21, 2014

        So you want their resources but deny them the right to vote. You people must be crazy.

    • ()
      June 20, 2014

      @just saying A fools comment. Why don’t you go to school. If a thing is wrong, it is wrong. You seenm so blind that you are giving thumbs up to a wrong thing. HOPE YOU DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN, because you will be a TERRIBLE PARENT.
      SHAME ON YOU! You seem to have been one of the Skerrit slaves who were clapping and cheering and grining mouth wide open when he was telling Dominican ‘Go To Hell! Go To Hell! Go To Hell! It’s none of your DAM business where Labour Party getting Money. I was a Labourite before you, but no man ( especially an incompetent leader like Skerrit) can insult my people and for me to be saying i supporting you. NO WAY!
      Your darn Idiot and SOO TEE WER !!

  9. Malatete
    June 20, 2014

    A word of advice if the DLP is planning to use the services of Nolinor again to fly voters into Melville Hall for the next general election.
    Under the circumstances the U.S. authorities may not allow this Canadian airline to operate passenger charters again out of Newark to Dominica. If so they could operate out of their home base in Montreal, conveniently close to the U.S. border. What concerns me most though is that the 737’s operated by this company are over 30 yrs. old, the youngest one being 31 yrs. of age and the oldest over 40 yrs. of age, during which time the latter has flown in 14 different liveries. The second youngest is over 35 yrs. of age and has worn six different liveries in its life time. The youngest two, at 31 yrs., of age, were disposed of by the national carrier of Morocco, Royal Air Maroc to Nolinor direct. I don’t know about you but personally I would not fly in any of these planes and definitely in/out of Melville Hall.
    Check reg. nos: C-GNLK, C-GNRD, C-GTUK, C-GNLN

  10. listener
    June 20, 2014

    Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the uwp of it’s advance victory on DNO and Q95, and I would also like to congratulate the DLP for winning by ballots when ever the elections are called, I LOVE MY PM :lol:

    • not again
      June 20, 2014

      Listener why don’t you all stop behaving like fools?

  11. Dirty Floor
    June 20, 2014

    UWP trying to create the impression that Dominicans are SO deceitful – that they will look at the voters list, identify the dead, proceed to the voting station, claim to be that dead person, and attempt to vote as that person. Not the DOMINICA am from.

    • June 20, 2014

      @Dirty Floor, Hello my dad passed since 1978 before David in 1979, and hello surprisingly his name is still on the voters list until i became registering officer, updating registering officer since in those days we had no village counsel in my village

      I am now in Guadeloupe for over 35 years and my name is still on the voting list, also since they begged us to come to Dominique to vote for labour party, i came down and i voted for labour last election which i am regretting since each time i come to Dominique and seeing the situation on my country and families i am feeling bad, so yes this will surely happen again, because we have some strong labor people already saying that next election they will be coming to Dominique weeks in advance to vote, but not me again, is who feels it knows it and those on the island including my families are the ones feeling it

      • Dirty Floor
        June 21, 2014

        So what you saying Guadeloupe because you are not in Dominica for 35 years you’re no longer a Dominican so take out your name from the voters list. And if you sooooooo care about your family in Dominica the best thing to do is to come down and vote the party you feel that oppression them out of power, you saying you not coming down to vote.

        Secondly comprehend my comment properly, I was only saying that Dominicans are not that deceitful to pretend to be a dead person and try to vote as that person.

      • UWP?
        June 21, 2014

        Then vote as you like just as the other people will vote as they choose.

      • Oh Come on.....
        June 21, 2014

        sakway mateh…..

      • Pedro
        June 22, 2014

        Your name and your Dad’s name will be given to somebody to allow them to vote in Dominica.

  12. listener
    June 20, 2014

    UWP among the many excuses which one will you be using after your defeat we need to know so we can get familiar.

  13. Malgraysa
    June 20, 2014

    You are quite right. We should check our facts before we make a statement, especially where what we say can damage people’s reputation. and their businesses.

  14. be wiser
    June 20, 2014

    Sanford even if the commission has 14000 lawyers, they can only recommend. they cannot change the law. That is the prerogative of PARLIAMENT.

  15. Anonymous
    June 20, 2014

    These men on the commission are pathetic especially these lawyers just concerned about self.

    • joe
      June 20, 2014

      o believe Joshua said you people are not involve in GUTTER Politics..”a decision to put away the gutter politics, politics of division, to the extent where they are encouraged to dislike one another,” Francis said.

      Well i am happy to know where these GUTTER Politics comes from, so Joshua you have work to do my boy!!!!!! Train your supporters!!!!!! :lol:

    • joe
      June 20, 2014

      In case my friend Marriette didn’t read your message i will pass on the message to her okay, i too wants to know why she accepted to represent the UWP on the Commission!!!!!

      :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  16. Vi massive
    June 20, 2014

    Allu go all over the world and campaign with the little money allu had thinking Skerritt would call early election, now the money finish allu attacking election commission… The names I saw on the list they are independent minded people, stop giving the impression that they are not.. UWP go sell your message to the electorate and stop attacking good people…

  17. A Valley Man
    June 20, 2014

    Is the Electoral Commision really serious or are they Skerrit stooges to say that it will take 2 years to have the Voters ID ready for elections when Antigua did it in 3months. We know they have the machinery to do it and it cannot be gross incompetence on their part to ensure free and fair elections. The power of the people is greater than the people who holds the power, so if the majority of the people demand ID voters card and a clean voters list before the next general elections which is due till May next year nothing or no one should stop them in getting it done whatever the cost.

    • Truth Seeker
      June 20, 2014

      “So if the majority of the people demand ID voters card and a clean voters list before the next general elections which is due till May next year nothing or no one should stop them in getting it done whatever the cost.”

      You raise several significant points with this quote. Your suppositions can ONLY be substantiated with hard, incontestable data. As of now, the UWP can provide NO data to support their claims.

      Thus you guys are grasping for straws, simply throwing mud, hoping that something sticks. This is such a disservice, not to mention an insult to the electorate.

      You do not and cannot show proof (outside of the Q95 echo chamber) that you’ve have conducted a survey and have the data to prove what you say about the “majority.”

  18. More 4 Concerned
    June 20, 2014

    a couple years ago and shut down the island.
    All you all do is talk, talk, talk. Tired of talking, action is needed. COUPLE? Sogofly that was since19 7 thats 39 yrs ago
    That cannot be sogofly ex-cop like groovy-bat all these guys did their evil to Rasta back in the day now they playing crusader like LL lol I told you concerned it is so much fun listening and reading our peeps take on things.
    Concerned I often wonder. As I told you before coming home after a hard day’s work or rising in the early morn and hearing groovy, Matt Carmela & Gobbeles and the crazy one on the VIP line gives one a good laugh and through out the day before i begin my 11:00 A.M – 7:00 P:M.
    Am always cheerful at work co-workers wonder why am always happy.If they were only had the opportunity to hear the crap I hear daily they too would crack up.
    DA airwaves is a joy .It makes me wanna sing Pharell Williams HAPPY.

  19. Dominica massive
    June 20, 2014

    UWP claim has no substance.They claim change is a must.Lennox Linton will be the next Prime minister.That`s the same voters list that was used when they became the official opposition in 1990.In 1995 they took reign of Government. UWP has a lost of power syndrome and they are hunted by their own action.I reside in St.croix and heard and witnessed Uwp members asking Dominicans to come down on vote in 2005 election.The meeting was held at midland night club next to Central High School.No matter where a Dominican leave once they are registered they have a right to vote.Majority of overseas Dominican has property and money in the bank.Do you know any where an American leave they are involved in the electoral process.They have write in ballot,walk in ballot,Absentee ballot.Uwp rides on double standard coming in false pretense .Uwp is it legal for you to ask overseas Dominica to support you campaign financially?yet you are saying it is illegal to come down and vote.We are Dominicans where ever we go .No one can depot your from your place of birth.Even if you are a citizen of another country your place of birth is clearly written.You can denounce that country whenever you want to.your place of birth is your foundation and no one can take that away.

    • June 20, 2014

      @Dominica massive, u foolish?? Do u have any idea hw many registered voters died since 2000 when UWP left office? What is worse u even wrote long paragraph knowing it’s hard to sell the foolishness u wrote, nobody want to buy.

    • 3pinPLUG
      June 20, 2014

      asking to come down Vs giving money to come down..
      one of these is bribery..

    • Poor man
      June 20, 2014

      i do not believe that i can ever be a political stoogi, i believe in the order of the day, hard work good effort, reliability, honesty and sincerity,
      Any political party that do not meet these requirements should be kicked out of office.
      No amount of money should not put them back any time money talking then questions should be asked, if you meet the standards why are you trying to buy voters? the answer is corruption.

  20. June 19, 2014

    It is time for Dominicans to wake up and read and understand the law as to how to object to bloated Voters Lists as prescribed by the Registration of Electors Law Chapter 2:03 and The Registration of Electors Regulations.
    It is not true that there is no system in place to do this. Go to Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica WEB PORTAL and click on LAWS – Type in “REGISTRATION” and click on SEARCH. You will see a list of laws dealing with registration. Click on REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS ACT CHAPTER 2:03. There you have it – the Act and the Regulations and Forms following the Act. Look at sections 7, 11 and 12, 13, 15 of the Act and Regulations 32 to 40 of the Registration of Electors Regulations.

    The questions that Dominicans should be asking are –
    1. Whether the Preliminary list of electors/voters i.e the Preliminary Register is being published annually, no later than September 30 by the Chief Registering Officer/ Chief Elections Officer; with dead persons names in it and with names of citizens of Dominica who have been absent from Dominica for more than 5 years; and with persons names who are otherwise not eligible to vote?

    2. Whether the Chief Elections Officer has been publishing annually the Notice that persons may object to the inclusion of such persons’ names in the Preliminary Register of Electors/ Voters?

    3. Whether the public is being made aware in the notice of the specific manner in which to object as set out in the Regulations i.e. that the objection must be made not earlier than 7 days after the publication of the Preliminary Register, and the deadline date by which such objections must be sent in to the Registering Officer?
    4. Whether the Objections are being heard and dealt with as the Regulations prescribe?
    5. Are the persons objected to notified of the objections and are there hearings, with the interested persons given a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to respond in the manner set out in the Regulations?
    6. Are the Identification Cards mentioned in Regulation 15 being issued by the Chief Elections Officer?

    When you read the law you will see that the provisions even give you an idea of the kind of proof that is required to prove the objection.

    NOTE : Regulation 17 requires the Registrar General of Births and Deaths to annually send to the Chief Elections Officer a list of persons 18 years or over who have died between September of the previous year and up to the 15 September each year within the district or the registration area.

    Question is whether this Regulation is being complied with? If this was being done systematically over the years, then how come the dead continue to vote election after election in Dominica?

    Just Asking !!!

    • Truth Seeker
      June 20, 2014

      Thanks for the education. Much of what we’ve been saying for some time now.

      The only concern we have is that your very last question is really an assertion that the deceased have voted in all the successive National Elections that you speak of in your piece.

      How do you arrive at that conclusion. Did you do a survey or conduct some kind of a study where the data substantiates your assertion?

      Just asking.

  21. Intellect
    June 19, 2014

    Joshua is truly not exercising his professional knowledge in the interest of his party. Oh… I remember the last lawyer UWP had in their team and how that ended up….

    I guess the UWP lawyers only know the law in the context of the cases that they represent their paying clients.

    If Joshua wanted to be responsible and to be trusted he would know that you cant wipe out people from the list unless they can be proven to be deceased.

    The constitution clearly does not mention anything about wiping lists from people who have migrated whether on long or short term. It clearly does not address re-registration. The thing about laws and constitution is that once it does not mention something, it cannot be dealt with ‘within the law’. Take that Joshua. You know very well.

  22. philme
    June 19, 2014

    the importation of oversees voters ? but they want to come to the US Canada and the islands.I think it’s over even be for it’s called

  23. Lapo Layzar
    June 19, 2014

    Well, look magee. UWP couldn’t have their way at the meeting with the electoral office so they’re crying foul. Boys grow up. Stop looking for ways and means to cause chaos in the country. Stop trying to stir up trouble. All you guys need to do is to boycott the elections and hand skerrit another victory. While i agree there are too many dead peoples names on the list, are you willing to delete the names of thousands of young people who voted from 1995- 2009 but have since migrated to other countries from the lists? Don’t forget these are some of the same people who you are attempting to get to come and vote for you.

  24. Face the Facts
    June 19, 2014

    There they go again criticizing as ever. The majority of you are UWP supporters as always. This is why I stated that this Website should change its name to UWP News On Line.
    You are not encouraging peace and unity but the opposite. With that attitude how could you ever please God? You are entitled to your views as anyone else and you are getting it very well on this Website. It is bad enough now. I can imagine what it will be like when election day is drawing near. However, I do believe that you distort everything to your liking and make it look bad and the party you directed your words at. This does not reflect too well on you. Poor you.

    • June 21, 2014

      Hey we are Dominicans first and we pay our taxes and the PM salary. It just hurting you to see that UWP have so much support in your face, put it in your pipe and smoke it.

  25. Sout Man
    June 19, 2014

    Elections should be free and fair. Political parties always jockey for advantages. They bring out the sick and infirmed and are more generous in sharing a drink around election time. Having read the 49 previous comments, I can conclude that elections are only free and fair if we have voter’s ID. From that reasoning we can deduce that DA hasn’t had free and fair elections since independence ( and prior to that). But PM. OJ lost to the Honorable Dame; the Dame lost to Hon. EJ and PM. EJ lost to Hon Roosevelt Douglas. Were these elections free and fair?

    @Reader: excellent point reinforced by real possie, though sarcastically. As a young man growing up around Meeting Stone in Grand Bay, I knew all the folks from Hagley, Highland, Mabouche, Back Street, Tete Lalay, etc. Admittedly, I did not know all the correct names since some were Dada, Saysay, Epo, Nenen etc. But there was no way folks from Mabouche could come all the way to my polling station at the preschool without being recognized. Those who migrated and returned to the communities were easily identified. So what kinds of agents o parties have these days? The dead in the communities were known.

    We must stop the allegations and put forward concrete cases. Parties have 5 years to compile their lists of the dead. Agents at the polling stations can place asterisks next to the names of returning migrants for investigations into their dual citizenships / “election illegalities”. Parties can ensure that the same name does not appear in multiple polling stations, except for folks having the same names.

    In our zeal to promote free and fair elections, we must ensure that no one is disenfranchised. In Florida, Gov. Rick attempted to purge about 182 000 people from the voters list. Only about 40 were not residents out of 12 million registered voters. The placed the burden on the 182K to prove that they were eligible. Obama’s DOJ took them to court. Why is the Obama administration opposed to all the purging and identification barriers placed by Republicans in their efforts to disenfranchise minorities. Our elections in DA have always produced change, even if it takes 15 months (OJ), 15 years (Mamo) or 54 months (UWP’s EJ). PM Skerrit is now heading for 10 years; not an anomaly.

    o those who ask for US intervention should be aware of the battle being waged by Eric Holder and the Democrats in opposition to purging and disenfranchisement by the Republicans, The GOP raises legitimate issues about fraud but their motives are not only suspect but exposed. So unless UWP compile actual fraud cases, they are only poisoning the atmosphere with allegations of fraud in the event that they lose the next elections. There’s a lot they can do to ensure fairness. [Sorry for the lengthy rant from the other buffoon].

  26. The Baptiste
    June 19, 2014

    Each time without fail, when there is an issue of national importance, I am reminded of the pronouncement of the late Pierre Charles, that “some Dominicans wear their ignorance like a badge of honor”. Here it is we have serious concerns about the most fundamental process to our inherited Westminster style democracy, “Electoral Reform” that involves the key, to the door of that democracy, “The Electoral Commission”, which is charged by the constitution to oversee the election of members to serve in the parliament, and what I am finding is that most of the electorate ignorant of the roles and responsibilities of this august body, rather than informing themselves of the electoral process, spew a lot of mepuis, at those who take the time to inform themselves of the roles, functions, and responsibilities of the electoral commission.
    In this regard, I pen these comments, expecting to be castigated, or maybe, my comments not been moderated, as have been done in the past. In spite of these I must comment, I must speak, for to withhold my opinion would be a disservice to the children and young people of Dominica.
    Firstly, this electoral commission is supposed to be an independent body as set out in the constitution, and so we are to expect the members to demonstrate that independence, knowing of course, that the members are appointed by the president on the advice of the Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition, obviously, with different political views, but as a creature of the constitution, they must function in the interest of all the electorates, and not only those of the ruling party. While I was told by a commissioner that the constitution only says that the commission may issue voter ID cards and not “SHALL”, there is no obligation to do so. I am no constitutional lawyer, but it really does not take one to know that while the constitution did not say shall, once the commission sitting decided, or made a decision which was documented in its minutes, to issue voter ID cards, the words “MAY” now becomes “SHALL” by the authority of the commission. I am struggling to understand that members on a commission of that importance, have difficulty understanding Basic English word usage.
    I am also troubled that while they are arguing that the constitution did not say “SHALL issue voters ID cards”, it seems to me that they are overlooking the fact that the constitution neither says MAY nor SHALL in the providing of NATIONAL ID CARDS, as a result, it would be interesting for the commission to tell us under what authority it can issue national ID cards.
    Furthermore, all this fancy costly cards that require all these special equipment, is really unnecessary, for the following reasons: (A) In today’s technological age, it is not that difficult to develop a data base using Access or SQL to prepare the list of eligible voters, seeing that Dominica may be just about 40,000 at best (B) this list can be printed out on a high quality printer with the ability to print on a special card board in letter size with relevant elections information and guidance included, and a perforated section, when folded should be the size of a calling card, on which pertinent information as to the voter is contained.
    This could be done at the government printer, DNO, the SUN, The Pulse, or even the chronicle. All this is a card that shows that the individual whose name and address appears is an eligible voter.
    Now how independent is the commission, or is it really independent as was intended by the constitution? Personally, I do not believe so, and my reason for saying so is based on the fact that the commission does not have access to independent source of revenue to carry out its mandate. The minister of finance who currently is the prime minister, and political leader of the labour party is the one who decides if and when funds will be made available to the commission, and it appears that funds if any made available must be on his conditions, case in point, multiple ID cards will be provided, and no single use voter registration cards, and they must be done according to the PM’s specifications, in other words when the commission arrived at a compromise, their independence was lost, sacrificed on the alter of political expedience.

  27. winston warrington
    June 19, 2014

    The electoral list is a public document. Why can’t the UWP obtain it and publish the names of all registered but
    ineligible names? You had more than 4 years to expose the violators!

    • JoJo
      June 21, 2014

      No Winston, the GOVT. had more than four years to fix it. Everything upside down, back-to front in this country.

  28. Observer
    June 19, 2014

    Personally the UWP and its leaders and leadership is a joke. The PM will never give in to your request. Every where in the world Good and Strong leaders rally their supporters and get what the want or at least a compromise is reach. It clearly shows the leaders and leadership of the UWP is very weak. You guys need to formulate some strategy to combat the Labor Party”s strategy. If you cant lead the people who supports you how can you even convince or lead others to follow you

  29. fill
    June 19, 2014

    You all are seeing the sign about these guys and still not getting the message. Open your eyes all of them are in for their pockets.

  30. I readyfoll
    June 19, 2014

    People we have to protest!!!!!!! Let’s take the the streets.we have enough uwp supporters to lock down that damn country. They doe want to clean the list then no bloody election is calling. We have to fight people. Cuz if we put that labour party there again for 5 more years!!! We finish in that country!! Let us stand up mass rally on the street. strike! Huge protest all over the country .We cannot afford for our children to surfer for five more years and those handout loving ego maniac bastard labourite eating all the cheese and hunny! !!!!

  31. i love cow meat too!
    June 19, 2014

    lets face the facts the UWP must realise that the issues of wining is not limited to the actions of the electoral commission but rather the electorate. They need to convince the electorate to vote for them and that they are the better team. Most persons are not interested in what or who is benefitting or hold partisan positions that they were placed into rather they are more concerned with how their employment salary , living conditions, elderly are cared for their church and so on. these are the burning issues and the UWP is trying to address moral issues that a majority who just want to survive care nothing about because they are involved in all forms of immorality to sustain their materialistic lifestyle. Let the people know why they will have a better house, car, job, hospital care, educational opportunity, roads, safer communities, safer schools, etc. that where the electorate is focused not on worthless criticisms and exposure of non functional institutions that have always operated in this manner and irrespective of the reforms will still function in likened manner

    • heckle
      June 22, 2014

      You are conveniently avoiding the matter. Why is the government bent on importing votes and have no confidence in the electorate at home. Is. It because the U WP has already convince the electorate in Dominica
      Or is it that the Labor Party know that they cannot win the election on the ground in DOMINICA.

  32. Not a herd follower
    June 19, 2014

    Why is Gerald Burton is still on the Commission and serving as the chairman? Chupes. The man should have been removed long time. He brings no dynamism or effective leadership or desire to improve things to the post.

  33. June 19, 2014

    You all uwpee talking about putting away gutter politics…wasn’t u all the same set of people here in BVI talking pure gutter politics instead of discussing plans, further development and betterment for Dominica…?

  34. Precious
    June 19, 2014

    Voters ID card or no ID voters card lets all go to the polls show this incompetent pm and his ministers who is in charge we shall put them out when the date is given

    • listener
      June 22, 2014

      @ Precious In order for u to put out this working government you would have to be able to put in yours, you all has been trying to do that for almost 15 yrs now and you just keep growing like a cow’s tail, you have false hope if you hoping to see titanic sail again.

  35. red
    June 19, 2014

    an election a party win , enyone, what alu going to do about all them stray dogs???/????????

    • Anonymous
      June 21, 2014

      The same we are going to do with red herrings!!

  36. time will tell
    June 19, 2014

    Just boycott the elections

  37. lisad
    June 19, 2014

    I don’t understand if the UWP has such a good chance of winning the next general election why do they want to clean up list and do all these things.

  38. AdultED
    June 19, 2014

    “Electoral Commission reported that they are not aware of bribes taking place in any general election” Can UWP prove otherwise if so where is the concrete evidence? I am not talking about the ignorance being spewed on Q95fm and DNO! What I do know you cannot deter foreign nationals their right to vote!

    • Anonymous
      June 20, 2014

      Just be cause the Commission say they are not aware does not mean it does not happen.

      • listener
        June 22, 2014

        @ Anonymous I think you’re right cause in the 2000 elections voters were taken from marigot to Roseau to give support to a workers candidate they dirty the list and now they want Labour to clean it, they say dead ppl have to vote I can’t wait to see my parents who died a long time ago we will have lunch together and they’ll go back home , garson workers sot wi ! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • Anonymous
      June 20, 2014

      You are blogging on DNO. So what are you saying? You are party to spewing ignorance also?f

    • Ma Moses
      June 21, 2014

      Electoral Commission playing Pontius Pilate!

  39. Concern
    June 19, 2014

    @jay, the UWP will not go to the IPU. because they are more dishonest with the Dominican people than we know. They first said voters registration is good because it will prevent voters from going to other constituent to vote twice.. They claim DLP is paying people outside of the country to travel to vote on election day. If they had a case they would take it to the IPU. They also want to do away with the voters list in ( some constituent). The level of dishonesty from these guys is so deep some of us cant even see it, because they know they are rally to a small group who are complaining this government is not producing jobs. There are over 200 jobs advertised on DNO’s site. I guess they cant read. Jay the UWP have been traveling all over talking to Dominicans overseas doing the same things they are accusing the DLP of. What they are not telling the Dominican people is that They have no plans and ideas how to move the country forward. What they are not saying is, Their finance minister when they get in office is an already tainted economist. What they are not saying, The leader of the party is a very angry, Selfcentered, arrogant, man who will destroy all relationships with other Caribbean and world leaders and bring Dominica down. Jay, not every administration has done much is office for Dominica. We can go back and check.. This Prime Minister for ten years running this country HAS ACCOMPLISH more than all other administration combine.

  40. Negre Bod Liviere
    June 19, 2014

    Is it just me, or were the last elections deemed free and fair by both regional and international observers?
    There are people dying worldwide, for the right to vote in their country. The UWP will take my contributions from overseas yet deny me my right to return to the land where my navel string was cut, in order to vote. Shocking!!!!

  41. June 19, 2014

    Right now its way pass UWP or Labour, because when it rain, its not gonna only rain on UWP’s house.
    Our grand children will be ashame of us

  42. June 19, 2014

    lets try to make every one satisfied.

    what i suggest is voters rights .. once a decision is to be taken it should allow the dominican people the right to accept or reject

    every person able to vote in Dominica should be registered and a voters card with documents sent to them with the decision outline which is to be taken.

    for more info we can discuss further.. this would really work and prevent us from believing that this is s a one party dictorial Island

    For eg. lets suppose that we wanted gender balance men and women earning the exact amount based on thier commom knowledge and education.. this should be sent to everyone in dominca eligible to vote which would allow them the right to vote yes or no.. votes will then be counted and the majority of responses for either should be the winner.. whether its a no or a yes.. this is what is known as fair and honest… and transparent governance

  43. canefeild
    June 19, 2014

    Look a joke,,uwp dho tired make dem selves look stupid..

  44. african queen
    June 19, 2014

    ALL Dominicans should protest demand for a clean voters list going into the next general election why is my @2 sets of grand parents who are all dead over 2o years + is doing on a voters list who are going to vote for them come on Dominicans stand up for your rights no one can do it for u.

    • Consumer
      June 19, 2014

      Have you done anything about that? After all they agreed. Have you brought it to their attention? We are a country of laws. We are governed by rule sand regulations. The OECS Supreme Court has laid down the rules as to how and when the names of registered electors can be removed from the list. You do not have to like the decision, but it represents the collective wishes of a people (regionally) who are ruled and governed by a set of rules and regulations. Chew on that. Mr. Francis as a practicing attorney knows the law. His practice has to be guided by decisions arising out of the Supreme Court. Why does he want to remove what is entrenched in the law because of partisan politics. He is not helping us understand the law.

    • overseas
      June 19, 2014

      you need to put it on dno headline, sad, they need to come and haunt their skin at night

    • June 19, 2014

      I agree. I think even if the VOTER’S LIST is NOT UPDATED, NO ONE should be allowed to vote without identification. That prospect would ELIMINATE CONFUSION/AVOID having people to vote for the DECEASED or OUT OF THE COUNTRY. Also, there should be a REPRESENTATIVE from EACH PARTY, with knowledge of the people in their Village, which would IDENTIFY the voters, preventing them from voting twice.

    • Face the Facts
      June 19, 2014

      How did this happen that your grandparents who are dead are still on the list? It is simple, since you are aware of it, you should immediately notify the authorities about it, to remove their names from the list.
      Pertaining to the voters’ list, who is authorized to see the voters’ list? Why do you or any member of the public have privy to this list?

      • Dorival John
        June 20, 2014

        Face the Fact you are a flipping idiot.

        The voters’ list is a public document that is posted at all polling stations and public places and any member of the public has privy to it. So shut the hell up.

        You live in Canada and you don’t know what the hell is going on in Dominica. Why don’t you just shut up.

    • joe
      June 20, 2014

      African Queen it is your responsibility to go to the Electoral Commission with the death certificates to remove their names that’s all!!!!!

      • JoJo
        June 20, 2014

        Joe, you are wrong. It is the Electoral Commission’s responsibility to make sure the voters list is up to date and accurate. This is 2014 and we have computers. What is simpler, for instance to have a link between the Commission and the Registrar’s Office. This way the names of people who die can be removed instantly from the list. Similarly, Immigration record who is coming and going and it can be automatically recorded who has not been back to visit Dominica in the last five years. Where this a way there is a will but one gets the impression that the will is lacking. Sometimes I think we are scared of proper record keeping because it would not allow us to play around anymore.

    • Dirty Floor
      June 20, 2014

      You doh tired lie African Queen. What are their names. Mattess.

  45. Educator
    June 19, 2014

    I wonder what F.E Telemaque has to say about that. I am waiting to read his book.

  46. Roolay wyatt
    June 19, 2014

    Joshua, it appears that you are getting just like the core uwpees. You mean to tell me that uwp supporters are not involved in gutter politics? So it is ok when they do so but wrong for the other side? Haven’t you been listening to Brian Linton on Sunday afternoons? Calling ministers of government rapists is what kind of politics? Man, Let honesty be your guide otherwise you will lose big time.

    • ??????????????????
      June 19, 2014

      @Roolay wyatt
      You are rude and out of place to consider the issues that UWP Team Dominica are discussing and bringing to the public’s attention as GUTTER POLITICS. Joshua ( the most loved politician in Dominica),and the rest of the team do not get involved in the garbage and filth which the Labour Party discusses. Listen to the Animal Show at anytime. This is the cesspool type of politicking that the Labour Party gets involved in.
      Why do you think that i am so proud to be a UWPite? If i have the slightest hint that they get engaged in this gutter stuff, which is very much loved by Skerrit and his ilks, then they will surely have ONE VOTE LESS.
      I AM FROM NEWTOWN AND MY VOTE IS FOR JOSHUA FRANCIS FOR SURE!

      • Face the Facts
        June 19, 2014

        Strange. I have not read anything like gutter politics by the Labour Party and its supporters on DNO. I have read many of the derogatory comments of those who support UWP. These spread discord, hatred and division. Those who support DLP always get thumbs down.

    • June 19, 2014

      Rooley your PM and his men are the king of gutter politic but on the other hand he brings it across that is the other side that does that.. you are a joke so sh…. up and get your facts correct

    • mujahardin
      June 19, 2014

      Typical lies from the DLP supporters. I have listened to Brian Linton every sunday, and I have never heard Brian refer to any minister as rapist. I hear Brian remind DLP supporters of the statements of Aaron that UWP believes in truth and DLP believes in the politics of lies and deception. I hear Brian like Lennox and others explaining the poor state of our economy and doing the comparative analysis to educate his listeners, not fool them like what happens on Kairi. I hear Brian playing tapes of Crazy-T complaining about illegal voters by DLP and Skerrit telling Dominicans go to hell. I hear Brian playing tapes of Tony contradicting himself and Exposing DLP minister as traitors responsible for the death of Pierre Charles. I hear Brian playing tapes of Ian Douglas exposing Skerrit as a traitor and backstabber. Brian is the only one on radio advocating for Tony to have peace in his house from government ministers. Tony have to cut and paste Brian’s voice to tell lies on Brian. Lennox trained Brian well, that is why the DLP supporters can’t come up with one credible example of Team Dominica or even Brian of gutter politics. YOU KNOW DARN WELL THAT IT’S THE DLP AND ONLY THE DLP PRACTICING GUTTER POLITICS IN DOMINICA. Only the truth will set us free.

    • CALL IT BY IT NAME
      June 20, 2014

      If there are rapist in government it needs to be said. To prove it is another entity but if men in government make it their modus operandi to extort sex for favours it should be made public wether it be UWP or labour. That is not gutter politics. You may not like what Mr. Linton said but if it is the truth and you pretent that it is not WOE BE UNTO YOU. If you have children this should scare the hell out of you. You this commentor need to go to hell if you do not repent. Shame on you. Shame on every one who supports a cover up of LAWLESSNESS.

    • Mec
      June 21, 2014

      He called Dubuque and petite savanne ppl stupid and poor because they don’t support the uwp party. I over heard him saying that to a young man at the petite savanne bus stop area till the young man got mad at him and expressed his disappointment.

  47. baffled
    June 19, 2014

    what in Gods name on this planet in this universe is mr lawrence doing sitting on the electoral commission..

    • Face the Facts
      June 19, 2014

      Why should he not? Make yourself explicit.

    • mindful moderator
      June 19, 2014

      we need legal minds on an organisation as this, dont your think!!! Mr Lawrence is an experienced ,qualified and certified Attorney-at-law

    • Anonymous
      June 20, 2014

      Obvious, to make sure they don’t clean the voters’ list.

      • Observer
        June 20, 2014

        Stop talking rubbish. The man is a QC.I hope your what that means.

      • Anonymous
        June 20, 2014

        Alick Lawrence is Not a QC (= Queens Counsel) but a mere S.C. (= Senior Counsel), a title conferred upon him by the President of Dominica. However, that does not necessarily make him an honourable man.

      • Truth Seeker
        June 20, 2014

        Educate yourself. The law requires the Commission to comprise of members nominated by the official Opposition and by the Government.

        What you may want to do is question the independence of the individual members on the Commission. That would make sense.

  48. ??????????????????
    June 19, 2014

    Ways to get the attention of the international press about this state of affairs, is one of the answers! When something is wrong it has to be exposed.The names of the people involved in facilitating this should also be exposed.

  49. Jay
    June 19, 2014

    If the opposition feel they have sufficient grounds I suggest they lodge a complaint with the IPU (Inter-Parlimentary Union) in Geneva Switzerland, of which Dominica is a member advising them that our country is not in compliance with the directives on free- & fair elections, to which we are a signatory and have ratified.

    Good luck

    IPU
    Chemin du Pommier 5
    Le Grand -Saconner 1218
    Switzerland
    tel:+41 229194150
    Facebook: IPU
    website: http://www.ipu.org

    • %
      June 19, 2014

      @Jay I THINK ALL avenues have to be explored, since it is so pellucidly clear that the corrupt gang parading as a Labour Party CANNOT WIN the election at home with residing Dominicans.
      THE ILLEGAL INDUCEMENTS OF PEOPLE to come home and vote is BRIBERY, and it has to stop!
      HOW LONG?
      NOT LONG!

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2014

      You SURE Dominica is a member of IPU? You people just say what you all want pas vway?

      • JoJo
        June 23, 2014

        Well, their telephone no. is there. for anyone to check. Call them.

    • CALL IT BY IT NAME
      June 20, 2014

      Thanks for that advise this will certainly happen. You fool.

      • Jay
        June 20, 2014

        I don’t know whom you refer to as a fool. Certainly I don’t take that personally. However, we should be aware that the UPI enjoys “permanent observer” status at the U.N. If Dominica were found to be in flagrant disregard of the directives on Free & fair elections, which it is signatory to, it could have severe repercussions on our ability to attract funds from international donor agencies. certainly those that are affiliated to the U.N. and subscribe to the principles of democracy.

  50. Sogo
    June 19, 2014

    Ok,Dominicans,, it is now or never. You all need to stop talking because that is not working . Take action justl like Charles Did a couple years ago and shut down the island.
    All you all do is talk, talk, talk. Tired of talking, action is needed.

  51. maindesk
    June 19, 2014

    Skerrit and the gang knew all along that the cards would not be ready so aided by the Elections Commisioner they simply lied. God must have told Skerrit not to allow cleaning of the list because Antigua cleaned its list and the ruling party lost the election. Skerrit would never want to change the method that wins election for him and as Astaphan emailed to change would be madness. But whose country is it ours or theirs

    • June 19, 2014

      DEAD people CANNOT VOTE. I think CLEAN LIST, ID CARDS, OR NOT, the poll workers MUST be KNOWLEDGEABLE of the VOTING PROCESS for this to work.

      Mind you, I am not for nor against any party/person. I am in FAVOR of the BETTERMENT of my Country.

      WHATEVER WORKS TO MOVE US FORWARD.

      • JoJo
        June 20, 2014

        Dead people can not vote? Brother you forget this is Dominica. We have Haitians voting,masqerading as dead Dominicans and believe me they are not zombies.

    • Face the Facts
      June 19, 2014

      Whose country is it, ours or theirs?
      You are stating that the country is not theirs and that it belongs to solely those who are not DLP members. I cannot figure you out.

  52. Change is a must
    June 19, 2014

    Skerrit is playing clever and turning all the attention on to the Electoral Commission…

    BUT JUST THINK OF THIS PEOPLE…WITH ON STROKE OF THE PEN SKERRIT CAN AUTHORIZE ELECTORAL REFROM….LET US NOT LOOSE SIGHT OF WHO THE REAL CULPRIT IS IN DENYING US OUR DEMOCRACY AND FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS!!!!!!
    HOWEVER IN ALL THIS…. IT IS THE NATIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS THAT COUNT….SO I SAY THERE ARE ENOUGH OF US HERE IN DOMINICA TO TEACH HIM A LESSON COME NEXT ELECTIONS!!!!!!!

    • Let's Blame Skerrit
      June 19, 2014

      Start the “CHANGE” by sending/asking the Hon. Chief Justice of the Kangaroo Court of Morne Danie,l Sir Lennox Linton to contest the general Election against the Little Boy of Vielle Case PM Skerrit, then and only then will Dominicans and by extension Labourites accept you all are ready for change.

      Let Lennox start the “Change is a must not an option” by voting Skerrit out in Vielle Case.

      • Bee
        June 19, 2014

        hmmmm i think your marbles are rolling a little too loudly!

      • Anonymous
        June 20, 2014

        What marbles? Mister’s lost them all!

  53. T
    June 19, 2014

    What about exploring ways in which this act WHICH WANTS TO PROMOTE A DICTATORSHIP, can be brought to the attention of the international community?

  54. Anonymous
    June 19, 2014

    Typical UWP crying fraud even before the elections are called, since they very well know that come what may, so-called cleaning of list or not, they are headed for yet another defeat! Poor cry babies!!!!!

  55. real possie
    June 19, 2014

    Am confused so when you all was saying call it noh, you all had no idea all these issues were prevalent? so had the PM called it then what would have been the cry? as a trained lawyer you Josh need to advice the party to take this to court like they did in ANU. Now did I not hear you guys say there’s a lot of new voters and they are going to vote for you all, now at all polling station you have a rep. stationed there and they go through the list to make sure their name is on that list and it goes both ways so you trying to tell me dead people wake up on election day and vote and you all don’t tell them to go back to the grave yard, now you see why them man fix the road going to the cemetery so the dead will vote for them I always wonder why they did that now we know.

    • >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      June 19, 2014

      @real possie You must be DNO’S most renowned buffoon. It’s idiots like you that have the country so screwed up. Go ask people of the tricks that have BEEN commiteted on election day WITH SUCH BLOATED ELECTORS LISTS. I should also advice that maybe you attend Night School.
      Did you comment on the inducements given to the overseas voters to come vote for the party and THEN return?. IT IS LEGAL FOR YOU TOO? You must be a lazy man, feeding from Red Clinic funds, so whatever happens to this poor country is not your concern.
      SHAME ON YOU!

    • June 19, 2014

      You know something your PM knew about those things that could ne be put right before election and that’s why he wasn’t going to take the chance to call the election because he didn’t have the number of VOTES needed and he still don’t and that’s why he is in the diaspora trying to buy his own people because he realize that Dominicans at home have decided to end his reign he saw the writing on the wall this time he doesn’t have enough support at home and he is desperate

    • overseas
      June 19, 2014

      you stop there, ebe look it :lol:

    • June 19, 2014

      There are many new voters, but if they are not registered they are unable to vote. DEAD PEOPLE DO VOTE THROUGH THEIR LIVING RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.

      I VOTED ONCE, I have been off Island for over 30 years, my name might still be on the voting list. Hopefully not, but do you not think the voter’s list need REVIEWING?

  56. June 19, 2014

    There will never be free and fair elections if The government continues with their policies. The word fair means”without cheating or trying to achieve unjust advantage” The DLP is cheating by recruiting overseas voters to come down to vote. That they have said on radio that they will continue to do. Secondly, the DLP has an unjust advantage in the electoral commission because all the members are DLP supporters. So DLP must stop now in recruiting overseas voters and based on live recording on Angelo Alleyne show stop paying people for votes. Paying means the electoral process is no longer free.

    • polibureau
      June 19, 2014

      “all the members are DLP supporters”oh really. the leader of the opposition appoints two members of the commission and the prime minister appoints two members.

      • Anonymous
        June 20, 2014

        polibureau I think you’re confusing the Electoral commission with the IPO commission…..do ur research again. Its on the IPO the Oppositions appointed 2 people and even there d AS-taphan is furious about the appointments

    • listener
      June 20, 2014

      @Jah rich ,since growing up I always know transportation does be made available for voters to on poling day, I can also remember that saying what is good for goose is good for the gander too

  57. minister
    June 19, 2014

    You mean another election without identification cards? Its time to take to the streets

    • Face the Facts
      June 19, 2014

      Troublemaker, do not incite a riot and more hatred and disunity in Dominica. Strive for peace at all costs.

  58. Free yourseves
    June 19, 2014

    Any Govt. which stubbornly refuses to implement Electoral Reforms does not believe in Free and Fair elections.

    Any Govt. which puts a spoke in the wheels of the Electoral Commission, preventing it from doing its work independently, is against the people , who are crying out loud for a more democratic way of life.

    The Electoral Commission lied to the Dominican people. The Chief Elections Officer lied to the Dominican people. Govt. lied to the Dominican people. They told us that the National ID Cards would be prepared and ready for elections. After all that time and money spent what is the situation? Nothing is being done to ensure FREE and FAIR elections. What a shame.

    Should Dominicans allow the few cab operatives to make our lives so much more miserable, by denying us FREE and FAIR elections? By refusing to facilitate Necessary changes to oyur electoral process?

    The whole world is advocating for FREE and FAIR elections. Where does Skerritt and his DLP Govt. stand? We are no fools. We are witnessing the darkest of days. The Electoral Commission is not helping. The churches and their leaders are MOO-MOO. The Unions are mute. Communities are dead scared and are made to be scared of the Cabal.

    The Cabal is taking advantage of the fears of the unpatriotic ones among us. Fight on!!!!Fight on we must to free Dominica of dictatorship. a stitch in time saves nine.

    The Commission recommended funds for electoral reforms since almost 9 Years now. Funds to produce Voter ID Cards and to clean the bloated Voters’ List. Skerritt’s DLP Govt. forced the Commission to produce NID instead. Now NID will not be ready before elections? They never wanted electoral Reforms. The cabal heavily influenced the Commission to back off from electoral reforms. A blatant illegal act. The “Independence” of the Electoral Commission has been lost.

    Bribery, cheating, stealing of the elections, disregard for the electoral laws is done openly, in our faces. Dominica is in a dictatorship mode. Ruled by those who care less for the electoral Laws or Constitution. Elections will never be FREE and FAIR in our lovely Dominica with those with Skerritt and his DLP Govt. Dominica is at the crosss-roads.

    The region, the international Community must be alerted ASAP. The UN, OECS,OAS, CARICOM , democratic institutions all over the world, which are fighting for free and fair elections and a better democratic way of life,.must be informed of the attempts to steal and cheat the elections. Dominicans will not stand for another attempt at rigging, stealing elections. Trust me.

    • overseas
      June 19, 2014

      since the last election we were promises of id cards :?:
      :?:

    • June 19, 2014

      Answer, they know what RESULTS are forthcoming; therefore, they are putting up barriers.

    • Face the Facts
      June 19, 2014

      Your first sentence of all. This is the way you see it. This is not the way it is.

  59. So blessed
    June 19, 2014

    DOMINICANS NEED TO PUT OUT THIS GROUP OF ”ENEMIES OF PROGRESS” BY VOTING OUT THESE GUYS. puppets of uncle tony

  60. %
    June 19, 2014

    Well with things so bad on island, i have no doubt that an election TODAY OR TOMORROW will be won by the UWP/Team Dominica. SKERRIT KNOWS IT! My biggest concern is the importation of voters to do the DIRTY WORK, for the corrupt, wicked, inept, insultive and DUNCE Labour Party. Skerrit knows that , and so are many of his acolytes and slaves.. This man (Skerrit) because of his bad policies and his GROSS INCAPABILITIES to do the right things for the country, has attempted to call the election several times, but had to think again.
    That’s why i am calling on UWP/TEAM DOMINICA, to engage everyone possible here and abroad to see if this illegal act cannot be stopped. We know the people are not coming of their own volition.We know BRIBERY is rife in the process. SKERRIT’S ZEALOTS KNOW THAT AS WELL!
    Why can’t we petition the appropriate institutions in the USA?????????
    . Maybe they could deport the villains who are engaging in the illegal act.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am certain that the evidence to authenticate the ILLEGALITY of the process will be found!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    Why cant we put “boots’ on the ground? This is a new team, i am confident that our plight will triumph.
    LET THE YOUTHS ORGANISE IT!!!!!!!!!!
    It’s obvious that this WICKED gang of people will not relinquish power easily, but i am confident that they are beaten, bruised and badly wounded to the point of death!!!!
    HOW LONG?
    NOT LONG!

  61. Anonymous
    June 19, 2014

    hahahahahahahahaha :mrgreen:

  62. Reader
    June 19, 2014

    Yes, the voters list should be cleaned so that it can reflect reality. But, lets be real … aren’t the people working in the polling stations as returning officers or poll clerks residents of those small communities that we all live in? So, you mean to tell me if Jane shows up to vote using my deceased grandmother’s name, Ma Yellow don’t know that is not my grandmother and that really is Jane? We don’t have thousands of people voting per sites …

    • Are You For Real
      June 19, 2014

      No…because you might have migrated 30 years ago before Ma Yellow was born.

    • polibureau
      June 19, 2014

      not only that , but also all parties will have their agents stationed at every polling station to ensure that individuals are who they say they are and names properly on the list

      • overseas
        June 19, 2014

        PLEASE, you think they are from both parties, give me a break; the last time I voted when I went there everyone were lovers of the ruling party. Serious, so give it a break; give it a break there is tricks going on, trust me.

    • Anonymous
      June 19, 2014

      Come on bro. be real indeed. If Antigua has been able to achieve that in three months, why can’t we do the same? All these excuses just to maintain the status quo for someone who wouldn’t recognise a fair fight if he saw one.

      • overseas
        June 19, 2014

        well I guess that Antigua is just more organized than they are; I guess that is what they are implying :-?

      • joe
        June 20, 2014

        annonymous my name is on the list, give me one good reason why my name should be removed and why i must now re-register?? What have i done to deserve such??

        Please just give me a reason..

      • Anonymous
        June 20, 2014

        Joe, we need to sift the genuine voters from the not genuine ones, including those that are log time dead. I am in the same boat as you but submit to this cleansing process gladly as I have nothing to fear. I do not want my name to appear on a list that is suspect. Do you?

  63. Logaoo Mem
    June 19, 2014

    Any government that denies its people free and fair elections is not worthy to be reelected. What’s taking place in the Commonwealth Dominica is unprecedented and left a lot to be answered about who we are, and why we tolerate such corruption at the highest level in government.

    We must continue to pray and fight for what is right for our children and ensure that we hold the culprits accountable for the malediction they’ve brought on the nation. Sooner or later, they shall pay.

    • overseas
      June 19, 2014

      no, not they shall pay it seems like they want their children to pay :cry:

    • Face the Facts
      June 19, 2014

      If you are a logawoo why would you pray and to whom?
      People as you are just imagining everything what which does not exist and also blowing what you believe which is not factual out of proportion.

  64. warma
    June 19, 2014

    What are their phone numbers and email addresses? Let them hear from all of us

    • not again
      June 19, 2014

      Yes please any one ,what is the number for the electoral office?

    • real possie
      June 19, 2014

      @ Warma you do know that would be illegal rite? you can call the electoral office when they are there but to have their address and their personal number to harass these people would be considered unlawful they were appointed and not elected by the people.

      • LISTEN!!!!!
        June 19, 2014

        ” Real Possie” But they are violating the electoral reform process therefore violating us unlawfully. So they should no problem with us violate them unlawfully.

      • Anonymous
        June 19, 2014

        You know what is illegal Possie? To bribe voters to come to Dominica.

    • overseas
      June 19, 2014

      its in an above comment, look and you shall find, fast before the DLP ask them to move it :-P

  65. June 19, 2014

    Why is the pm personal lawyer on the commission.

    • HIM
      June 19, 2014

      So that there will never be VOTERS ID Card, and the cleansing of the list.

    • overseas
      June 19, 2014

      what the joke; you serious :?: :twisted:

    • why
      June 19, 2014

      why is PM the CHAIRMAN OF OECS
      why are we in Dominica
      why do we study law
      why are all our personal persons on any kind of board at all
      why are some of us related to each other and i can go on

      • Anonymous
        June 21, 2014

        Why are you blogging?

      • Anonymous
        June 21, 2014

        Answers:
        – because they could not find anyone else with a direct line to the Lord..
        – that is a very good question! God only knows.
        – because it is easier than medicine and you can draw blood
        without getting your hands dirty.
        – because they want to stay afloat
        – because our parents could not keep their pants on and wanted to keep it in the family

    • Face the Facts
      June 19, 2014

      You people question everything. You should know he is a Dominican. How many others are qualified to be on this commission? Are you?

  66. ehhhhhh
    June 19, 2014

    but why they doh wanna clean up the list nuh…the amount of dead people that on the list..whats the point of having dead people on the list….. 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O

    • overseas
      June 19, 2014

      :-?

      • overseas
        June 19, 2014

        oh shucks, this is starting to sound like a scary movie 8-O

    • listener
      June 20, 2014

      @ehhhhhh , sometimes I wonder if you guys really listen to yourselves, there must be a representative of each party present in each poling station on poling day ,are you saying that your rep does be blind folded? I don’t understand a dead coming in the poling station casting a vote and walk away and and the uwp rep not seeing that,

  67. st.joe massiff#2...
    June 19, 2014

    @ madame Dominique you are a fool to even think poor UWP…Our country is being held hostage by a bunch of gangsters and you there poor UWP like is only UWP that living in DA.. your JACK… Its ple like you that will give in to all sorts of nonsense from allu so called leader and put party before allu very life even allu children..Shameful,shameless and ignorant.

    • overseas
      June 19, 2014

      I wish it had some clapping sound; to give you an applause :)

    • Face the Facts
      June 19, 2014

      Your country is being held hostage by gangsters? Is anyone with a gun holding you and the country hostage? Prove it. You can’t be saying such without proving it that this is indeed true. Someone has put you up to this. Those of us who have sense know that what you stated is not true.
      Many talkers, critics and many non-doers. What have you done for your country to deserved to be called a helpful D/can? What I read, I have concluded there is an army of troublemakers on the back of the PM.
      This is not freedom of speech. This is downright wickedness and defamation of one’s character directed at the intended person. I do think you should be sued and charged for your words.

    • joe
      June 20, 2014

      @st.joe massiff#2… To believe Joshua said you people are not involve in GUTTER Politics..”a decision to put away the gutter politics, politics of division, to the extent where they are encouraged to dislike one another,” Francis said.

      Well i am happy to know where these GUTTER Politics comes from, so Joshua you have work to do my boy!!!!!! Train your supporters!!!!!! :lol:

  68. St Joe
    June 19, 2014

    Oh Oh!!! School boys!!

  69. Just asking
    June 19, 2014

    Gerald D. Burton – Chairman
    -Kondwani Williams – Member
    -Alick Lawrence – Member
    -Mariette Warrington – Member
    -Anthony Commodore – Member
    -Steven La Rocque – Chief Elections Officer(Ag)
    So these are the people impeding electoral progress?
    How are they to be made accountable / treated if Team Dominica wins?

    • Alpo
      June 19, 2014

      UWP all u acting scared and looking for excuses, was there an internal poll in your camp that said you gonna lose the election?

      • overseas
        June 19, 2014

        yes their was and it said that DLP will lose; but we don’t want any after talk, so we want it to cut clean and fair; just for your knowing :-D

      • Country Woman
        June 19, 2014

        You will see who scared soon my dear, time will tell!

    • >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      June 19, 2014

      These are their names?

    • Malgraysa
      June 19, 2014

      And mr. Astaphan is griping about the membership of the IPO?? Malgraysa.

    • why
      June 19, 2014

      no, these are the people who ensure that we have free and fair elections or they can be repremanded. so what you have to ensure is that you vote accordng to your conscience

  70. madame dominique
    June 19, 2014

    poor UWP…..

    • concerned
      June 19, 2014

      poor dominica not uwp…

    • ()
      June 19, 2014

      @madame dominique Why not poor ‘you’. Haven’t you realize that you are a slave, a no brrainer, an illiterate, a puppet that is being preyed upon. I cannot understand why it is not poor fools like you, AND IT’S POOR UWP..
      I DON’T GET IT!

      • Face the Facts
        June 19, 2014

        You rank in this category.

      • joe
        June 20, 2014

        @() To believe Joshua said you people are not involve in GUTTER Politics..”a decision to put away the gutter politics, politics of division, to the extent where they are encouraged to dislike one another,” Francis said.

        Well i am happy to know the where these GUTTER Politics comes from, so Joshua you have work to do my boy!!!!!! Train your supporters!!!!!!

    • overseas
      June 19, 2014

      this is funny; just watching dno, I know who will win :lol:

      • listener
        June 22, 2014

        @ overseas, both parties are going to win for that matter uwp has won on dno big time , but on election day DLP is gonna teach them a lesson, last election they boast so much how they win on Q95 and dno and at the poles we mash them up, up to now they can’t shut up but we’ll be giving them a work out again soon, they say the PM is a little Boy but they change leaders like Bank changing cheques and yet to dethrone him , 18/3 is the score mean while, I LOVE MY PM .

  71. Dorival John
    June 19, 2014

    Why is the Electoral Commission so afraid of cleaning up the voters’ list?

    • %
      June 19, 2014

      Well they are puppets of the government. It’s clear for everyone with eyes to see.

      • JoJo
        June 20, 2014

        I would not say that. Marietta Warrington was appointed by the U.W.P. and also lost her case agains the DBC in Jan. 2013. is she in full support of the stance taken by the the Electoral Commission? Of course, they must present a united front The least I can say is that I find that very strange.

    • Positively Dominican
      June 19, 2014

      @Dorival John, that’s the question of many Dominicans at home and abroad. Its is unbelievable and should not be tolerated. The electoral commission is clearly not operating as an independent body. The commission is manipulated by the current government who will do anything necessary to steal the up coming election. They are singing the song of the Prime Minister who clearly wants to remain in power for another 50 years. He has a lot to loss and many questions to answer. The DLP is desperate and will control and contaminate the process of free and fair elections in Dominica………..That too shall come to an end.

    • Let's Blame Skerrit
      June 19, 2014

      #Dorival John. I’m not impressed at all with your comments. Are you insinuating that the several lawyers on the Commission does not know the law. Check the list again and find out the qualification of these good people.

      Have realised that once someone doesn’t share your (UWP)thoughts and ideals they’re considered fools etc.

      They have nothing to fear, just that they follow the dictates of the law.

      • T
        June 19, 2014

        @Let’s Blame Skerrit
        Of Course they know the lab. they are just doing the biddings of the corrupt gang in the Labour Party. That’s why it is important for people to know who they are.

      • T
        June 19, 2014

        law

      • Anonymous
        June 19, 2014

        Knowing the law and abiding by it are two separate things. Tony Astaphan will explain that to you if you ask him kindly.

    • Face the Facts
      June 19, 2014

      What makes you think the voters’ list for 2014 needs cleaning up? Have you seen it lately?

      • Dorival John
        June 20, 2014

        Will you shut the hell up, Face the Fact?

        I registered since I was 18 and I check the list every election. My uncle died 18 years ago and his name is still on the list like he is alive.

        So stick your behind in Canada and talk crap you know nothing of.

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