The United Workers Party (UWP) is describing as “rubbish” claims made by Dominica Labour Party (DLP) candidate for the Salisbury constituency, Nicholls “Shanks” Esprit, that three of its candidates are “not qualified” to contest the upcoming general election.
Esprit told a DLP rally in St. Joseph last weekend that the nominations of Thomson Fontaine, Joshua Francis and Danny Lugay were illegal and they will be challanged.
“We will be challenging your nomination because you are illegally nominated,” he said.
But the UWP brush aside Esprit’s claims.
“Pure rubbish. Mr Nichols Esprit statement that three of the UWP Candidates are illegally nominated is utter rubbish,” the UWP said in a statement.
According to Esprit, those who cast ballots for the three candidates will be basically throwing away their votes.
“The candidates that the United Workers Party nominated are not qualified to be nominated,” he said. “The nomination paper states clearly that if you are facing criminal charges, you are not qualified to be a candidate. The nomination paper also states clearly that if you are insane, you are not qualified to be a candidate for elections, the nomination paper also states clearly that if you are bankrupt…. you are not qualified to be a candidate for any election in Dominica.”
The UWP is giving the assurance that all its candidates were properly nominated and blasted Esprit for being untruthful.
“That is why the big guns in the DLP did not make the statement themselves, but used Mr. Esprit to make such an untrue and foolish statement,” the party said.