The Opposition United Workers Party says it has had to spend more than $200, 000 in legal matters against the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP).
However,Leader of the Opposition, Hector John, said his party’s decision has been worthwhile, because “if we didn’t do that we’d be doing a disservice to the country and to the people.”
The UWP is awaiting judgment in a matter it filed against Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister for education, Petter Saint Jean, claiming that the two contested the 2009 general election illegally.
“We do not know what will be the outcome of the decision but at the end of the day we know it will be in the interest of the people,” John said.
The UWP had filed several petitions against government pointing to what the party said was irregularities in the last general election. Bribery and preventing the opposition from accessing state owned media during the election campaign, were two of the petitions filed but,they were both discarded by the High Court.
Hector John believes the court matters have “drained us financially … money we do not have.” but he added “We have gone to court on issues that really deal with our democracy”.