Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Lennox Linton is confident that his party will win the upcoming general election.
Linton said at a press conference earlier this week that a UWP internal poll predicts that the party will win at least 15 seats.
This directly contradicts a Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) poll which was recently conducted and which predicted a win for the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP).
The poll was conducted between October 17 and 20.
Based on the result of the poll, head of CADRES, Peter Wickham said there will be no change of government in the next general election.
Linton said the UWP poll was conducted for the purpose of giving a scientific read of the UWP.
“We did our own internal poll for the purpose of giving us a scientific read on where we are. It was not our intention to go public with this, but in the face of all of the hullabaloo about polls, questions raised at the last press conference we have stated publicly that we have done a poll and the poll shows that we are ahead,” he revealed. “The poll tells us clearly that we will win at least 15 seats in the upcoming general election.”
In fact, he said, there is something common in the both the polls done for the DLP and the UWP.
“Both polls show that the Labour Party has lost significant ground on the order of 18 percentage points on its 2009 level of support as documented by its share of the popular vote in the election of 2009,” Linton noted. “The Labour Party’s interpretation of that decline in popular support is that they will still win the election. We don’t know where else it happens that you can lose as much as 18 percent of your popular support and still be talking about winning a landslide victory as though there is nobody else in the race. It is illogical and makes absolutely no sense.”
Linton stated further that, “We are winning this elections, there is no question about that you don’t expect the Labour Party to tell you they are losing.”
“At this moment we speak selectively about the results of those polls and to stress that it does conquer with the numbers that the other polls from the Labour Party has publicized on the question of the loss of support for the Dominica Labour Party,” he said.
Meantime, UWP Candidate for the Roseau Central constituency, Joseph Isaac said the party did not conduct polls in Marigot, Salisbury and Wesley because they are “clearly UWP seat.”
According to him Wesley “is in the bag” for the UWP.
General election will be held in Dominica on December 8.