Opposition leader, Lennox Linton, has said that although the United Workers Party (UWP) did not file any “election petition” following the December 8, 2014 general election, the party will be going to court on a criminal basis since certain irregularities allegedly occurred during the poll.
He stated that the UWP will be going to court before the required six months to do so expires.
“We have maintained that certain things that happened during the election of 2014 were illegal,” Linton said. “Certain criminal acts were committed and we intent to pursue those in court…the preparations for that are ongoing.”
He said the UWP has not pursued legal action in the form of election petitions. “You will notice that we have not filed an election petition, 21 days have gone by since the election and so we are not pursuing that kind of legal action,” he stated.
Linton also said the UWP will be going to parliament as a team and he hopes, at some point, the opposition will be given proper space and staff to do its work, just as other islands in the Caribbean have done.
He said it is “shameful” that in 2015, the UWP, as opposition, is restricted to a space in parliament, of about 150 square feet, to use as an office.
“That is unacceptable,” Linton stated. “We are a creature of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica with important roles to play in the development of the country. It is time that we step up to the plate. We have the largest Cabinet in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) but in every other OECS country, there are superior arrangements made for the work of the opposition and we need to pay attention to that.”
Linton lamented the size of the cabinet in Dominica.
He revealed that Antigua recently held general election where the Antigua Labour Party won and a cabinet of 12 was appointed for an economy of over $3-billion but in Dominica, with an economy of over $1-billion an 18-member cabinet was appointed.
“But, in all of that, we have no money for the opposition to properly do its work in Dominica,” Linton said. “The media must ask questions about that. Go to St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Kitts, Barbados, and Grenada and see the arrangement made for the opposition in these countries. We are in the back water of our treatment of the opposition in Dominica and that is one of the things that have to change. We are talking reconciliation, olive branch, working together and moving forward. Let’s move forward with proper arrangements for the opposition to do its work funded by the State.”