The Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is not saying whether it will take on a new approach this year regarding its presence in Parliament.
Members have been emphasizing their call for reform of Dominica’s electoral process by staying away from sittings of the House of Parliament for some time.
The UWP has not told the nation whether it will change course this year, but told a press conference Thursday it will “heighten pressure on government” for electoral reform this time around.
“We wrote to the Electoral Commission to have an audience with them – that is another direction that we’re heading. We’re also saying that we’ll have some more protests as well. We may picket the office of the Electoral Commission or continue to protest in different ways because that message needs to be out there. We need electoral reform…as a party we will be heightening our call for electoral reform and not necessarily boycotting the house,” said Opposition Leader Hector John.
“When we meet with the electoral commission, have an audience with them, we’ll see what direction they are heading as well and what they’re looking for and in the interest of the country and we’ll continue to make our decisions from those angles,” John added.
The UWP said it wants to make its contribution in the house, but according to John, Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd-Knights and the Dominica Labour Party government must help to create the enabling environment for UWP parliamentarians to fully participate in Parliament.
“That is what we are asking for. We are making a sacrifice on behalf of the country. 2005-2009 they (the UWP) were in the house. They were laughed at; they were thrown out; they were taken to court.”