While the United Workers Party (UWP) has said it is prepared to honour an elections code of conduct which will be discussed later this week.
On Friday leaders of the both the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and the UWP will meet with the Bishop of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire, on the matter.
“This issue of a code of conduct for elections is of great importance and significance to us, having led the way over the past year of cleaning up the politics of Dominica and defeating the politics of maypwe, hate and prejudice,” UWP leader, Lennox Linton, said at a press conference on Wednesday.
He said that it is his hope, that this time around those who bring the both parties together will police the code seriously and ensure that the code is allowed to function and to guide behavior in the public interest of Dominica.
“Too many times in the past we have seen codes of conduct emerge and it’s almost like a PR value that some people get for it for putting it out in the public domain,” he stated, adding that despite past codes, “the conduct continues as usual to be as disgraceful, as disreputable, as dishonest, as lacking integrity as much as possible, and the people who are required to police the code now, sit back and say nothing about it.”
Linton said he hopes the code will influence behavior in the run up to general election.
“We are hoping that the intervention of the bishop and the availability of a code of conduct that we sign off on will in fact influence positively behaviors across the political divide in this election campaign 2014,” he stated.
Linton disclosed that he along with president of the UWP, Ezekiel Bazil and opposition leader, Hector John, will attend the meeting with the bishop.