The United Workers Party (UWP) will attend the next sitting of parliament scheduled for September 28 where the party’s four appointed senators will be sworn in.
Speaking at a People’s Parliament meeting in Delices last night, UWP Senator Ezekiel Bazil said that though this stance has been taken, the party will continue the fight for electoral reform.
“It is my understanding that President Liverpool informed the elected members of the Opposition that the government will be making monies available for the electoral reform and as a result we are showing goodwill. We are going to swear in our members, our senators, in the next sitting of the house of assembly,” the senator said.
“I now ask you to call on this government and you must ask them, are they prepared to abide by the information giving by the president? Are they prepared to provide the financial support to the Electoral Commission in order to clean up the list and to provide voters ID cards? Are they prepared to give answers to the opposition parties to the media? Are they prepared to obey the laws of this country? If their answer is no, let me tell you that the struggle will continue. I ask you to get ready because we must do it for our children…” Bazil stated.
The UWP had boycotted parliament following the December 2009 general elections on three consecutive occasions making them qualify to go face off with the Dominica Labour Party in two constituencies in a by-election on July 09, 2010.
The UWP won the two seats and appointed Hector John as its opposition leader who later chose his four senators: Ezekiel Bazil (Wesley), UWP’s Political Leader Ronald Green (La Plaine), UWP’s Deputy Leader Claudius Sanford (Carib Territory) and Ronnie Isidore (Mahaut).