UWP says $200,000 in legal fees against DLP Govt is justified

Hector John

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”.

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39 Comments

  1. patriot
    January 3, 2012

    SPAGGS I SAW A PICTURE OF YOU WITH HAIR ON YOUR HEAD. WAS THAT YOU ? IT RELIEVES ME TO KNOW THAT YOU WERE NOT BORN WITH YOUR HEAD EMPTY. (empty barrels make the most noise)

  2. MEE DAYBAR> WOYEeeee
    January 2, 2012

    :-D :lol: :lol: :lol:

  3. alone
    January 1, 2012

    come on sir dont waiste your time in this party they are broke man all your hair will get too grey before its time. Arent u good for the leader they are going back to their vomit choosing james over you. listen sir they cant pay their workers in the party office ,legal fees are high, so dont waste your time.
    Do u have children? save your money for them

  4. The all-seeing Eye
    January 1, 2012

    See his face :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  5. LEE
    January 1, 2012

    MR. HECTOR WHY YOU ARE ONE DELIEVERING THIS
    MESSAGE? WHY NOT THE NEW CHOSEN LEADER MR.
    JAMES? WHY SPEND ALL THIS MONEY IN COURT,
    YOU ALL SHOULD USE THIS MONEY TO DO SOME
    GOOD DEEDS.

  6. Big Tic
    January 1, 2012

    I agree with the UWP in their call for Election Reform. I may however, be more demanding than them:
    1. Any qualified Dominican, resident and non-resident, should be allowed to vote.
    2. Non residents votes should be tallied and divided up proportionately between ALL constituencies.
    3. Online and Overseas voting should be implemented
    4. All financial political (democracy) contributions should go into a common pool for equal distribution to the various political parties. . . Based on their registered MEMBERSHIP
    5. Two non-consecutive 2 term limits for PM
    6. Maintain a clean voters list.

    That voters ID card business is just a red herring, but it can be considered.

  7. Graduado
    January 1, 2012

    VERY LAUGHABLE,REALLY WASTEING VALUABLE TIME ON ISUUES THAT CAN BE DEALT WITH IN OTHER WAYS,WHY GO COURT THEN BEG THE SAME PEOPLE WHO ,UNEMPLOYED,POOR,BROKES,ETC TO HELP PAY THE COSTS,,,…..STILL WAITIN FOR FULL DISCLOSURE OPN THE AMOUNT OF $$COLLECTED FROM LENNOX LINTON DNO APPEAL,,,,SO TRANSPARENCY ,INTEGRITY IS FOR ONE SET??,,,,FOR 2012,,STILL WAITING FOR UWP MANIFESTO,,,,,,NO COUNTRY HAS EVER DEVELOPED BY UNBRIDLED TALK,,,,

  8. love da
    December 31, 2011

    Hector John believes the court matters have “drained us financially … money we do not have..your words not ours. Then you want us to put you in power to spend 200 million of dominica when we only have 100 thousand in the bank. You and your friends thinking have distruction written all over it. IF you guys cannot handle simple math what makes us think you can balance our check book. Oh by the way in politics it’s called budget.

  9. guadaman
    December 31, 2011

    It surely didn,t worth it, and further more most of them got thrown out in court, i,ll tell u this money would do good to the salisbury people, especially the village road, sorry sir get another excuse that one didn,t get through, go back to parliament and voice your concerns live and direct stop hiding behind the radio, be of some value to your nation

  10. Pundit
    December 31, 2011

    How much of your personal money have you contributed to this cause Hector?? They have you like a big margee.

  11. skerro everyone
    December 31, 2011

    well the result is the skerrit pay the judge alas dominca

  12. anonymous
    December 31, 2011

    Dear John, Poor John what can I say? but :lol: :lol: :lol:

  13. Grand Bay Girl
    December 30, 2011

    Sorry Sir, I am Dominican and it did not serve me. This money could be spent in numerous ways to help the country.
    I am indeed Dominican!

  14. Devoted Dominican
    December 30, 2011

    DOMINICANS,PLEASE WAKE UP AND PULL YOUR DUMB HEAD OUT OFF THE SAND BOX WHERE IT IS BEING KEPT ALL THROUGH YOUR LIFE. HAVE YOU HEARD WHAT HECTOR JOHN WHO IS THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION PARTY HAS CLAIMED THAT HIS PARTY HAS SPENT $200,000 IN LEGAL FEES AGAINST THE OTHER PARTY.WHERE IS THAT MONEY COMING FROM? FROM YOU ALL DUMB POCKETS. HOW MANY PEOPLE WHO HAS NO WORK TO DO CAN $200,000 FEED? FOR THE DESTROYERS WHO DOES NOTHING FOR THE COUNTRY ARE BEING HELPED TO DESTROY IT WITH THE HELP OF COUNTRY FOOLS. DOMINICANS PLEASE WAKE UP AND PRAY FOR THE WORST IS YET TO COME.

  15. roro
    December 30, 2011

    hector alu dont have money and how alu expect to run a country? by giving our country more debt?

  16. Former UWP supporter
    December 30, 2011

    You opening you mouth and they putting you out as opposition leader i feel sorry for you and your people in Salisbury who love you so much.

    I am from Sailsbury and is better you go independent than followin these crooks see how they dumping just like they dumped Earl while he was in troble.I feel sorry for you.Is better we the citizens form Salisbury call on you to get out of that crooked party.We must open your eyes and you must also open yours too.

  17. EDDISON S. JAMESS
    December 30, 2011

    YOU THINK I SHOULD INVEST MY LAW SUIT MONEY FROM COCUMBER AND IAN IN A PARTY I’M NOT THE LEADER. ALLU BETTER REELECT ME AS PARTY LEADER AND MR. JOHN U BETTER PACK UR BAG AS OPPOSITION WASTE LEADER.

  18. lovely dominica
    December 30, 2011

    Sprag shut your face. Thats all you can say?
    They have rejected you as leader of opposition and when you should have been selected as party leader they dump u for Eddison. Ehbey zor sot

  19. Dominican Queen
    December 30, 2011

    If you do not have the money, why did you get into something you can’t afford? Nobody took Ron Green and Carbon to court when they contested the elections. What about Earl from your village. All you lie and say he was sick when he ran away from the country because he stole the lady money. UWP knew he wasn’t sick. An all you make the government pay his salary till it was expiration time. WICKED!!!
    Jealous all you jealous of Skeritt. Just leave him alone. I live in the USA but Skeritt is still my Prime Minister. The ballots put him there, so let the ballots take him out.

  20. KoKo Naughts
    December 30, 2011

    WAW!! I know I should have studied Law instead eh..

  21. patriot
    December 30, 2011

    “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

    I do hope you will be singing the same song at the end of the day BECAUSE IT WILL BE IN THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE.

  22. smart
    December 30, 2011

    u spending wat u dont have. will u do the same if u get the government?

  23. Anonymous
    December 30, 2011

    u spendind wat u dont have. so if u take the government u will do the same?

  24. December 30, 2011

    yea Hector, preach it you will get some places

  25. weee
    December 30, 2011

    Mr there then.

  26. December 30, 2011

    UWP want to win election in court..What a joke.By next election u all will be over a million in court fees and will still lose joker.

  27. Met Yo
    December 30, 2011

    I agree sir, 200 grand is nothing to spend to maintain democracy in a country. While millions are being made illegally through our passports, 200 grand is nothing to spend to help restore competence in government and to deal with the poison we have in that country that

  28. Tenderloin
    December 30, 2011

    Hector shut up, get a life and MOVE ON!!! That nonsense all you doing is NOT in the interest of Dominica, but yourselves!!! Foolish pride can only bring emptiness.

  29. ME
    December 30, 2011

    IT IS JUSTIFIED BECAUSE YOU GUYS GET DOMINICANS TO PAY THE BILL THEN CRYING THINGS HARD ON THEM

  30. Da lover
    December 30, 2011

    Hector John believes the court matters have “drained us financially … money we do not have.” And you are honestly telling me this is who some of you want to lead the country? How can you spend money you don’t have? When you guys get serious approach the people of Dominica with a plan. Your party mind set have distruction writen all over it.We the people of Dominica cannot afford to spend what we don’t have. you telling when i get my paycheck every month for $1500.00 go out and spend $1900.00. I like your thinking Hector..lol

  31. Eagle Eyed
    December 30, 2011

    Well i suppose EDO can donate some of his recent windfalls from the courts to the party to help meet some of the legal costs.

  32. DVT
    December 30, 2011

    This is why you Hector John should be declared the “Worst Person of the Year”.

    • MEE DAYBAR> WOYEeeee
      January 2, 2012

      las up and down wozo spaggs ,,anyyeh-ah feh lol

  33. Anonymous
    December 30, 2011

    Sot or Bright?

    I will see when the verdict is handed down

  34. powil pa
    December 30, 2011

    stupes… allu der forming di fool instead of preparing for next elections… shait!

    • Candid
      December 31, 2011

      LOl, first enpt leader of opposition I see like that in DCa.

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