The United Workers Party, resolute in its decision not to attend the state parliament, has joined with other forces to stage the first ever ‘People’s Parliament’.
The event is carded to take place on February 4, 2010 – the same day as the first sitting of parliament since the December 18 General Elections.
The alternative ‘People’s Parliament’ is being hosted by the Movement to Restore Democracy (MRD) and the Dominica Citizen’s Forum.
According to an invitation issued by the MRD, “Opposition parliamentarians, who are boycotting the state parliament, will be joined by a number of other prominent citizens, including nationals in the Diaspora, to discuss the issues of the day. The general public is invited to hear and share their views on the important issues facing our nation.”
Meanwhile, UWP leader Ron Green said his party is awaiting a decision from the court regarding petitions filed contesting the December poll.
“We have put together all the information that we have, and we are just waiting to hear what the court says,” Green stated.
The People’s Parliament will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Garraway Hotel’s Conference Room.
PRESS STATEMENT ON DOMINICA’S FIRST PEOPLE’S PARLIAMENT
The Movement to Restore Democracy (MRD) and the Dominica Citizen’s Forum will host Dominica’s first “People’s Parliament” on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 5pm at the Garraway Hotel’s conference room.
The People’s Parliament was established as an alternative forum in light of the opposition’s boycott of the proceedings of Dominica’s official Parliament. Views will be expressed on a range of issues from public corruption to the economy. Opposition parliamentarians, who are boycotting the state parliament, will be joined by a number of other prominent citizens, including nationals in the Diaspora, to discuss the issues of the day. The general public is invited to listen and share views on the important issues of the day.
The Movement to Restore Democracy and the Dominica Citizens Forum are civil society committees which are dedicated to the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and other good governing practices. The opposition members of parliament are engaged in a boycott of parliament to register their displeasure with the manipulation of the electoral process which resulted in an overwhelming Dominica Labor Party victory in the December 18, 2009 general election.
The opposition parliamentarians intend to maintain the boycott until new elections are called with adequate provisions in place to ensure that the new elections are free and fair. The Peoples Parliament will be held from time to time. It will serve an alternative forum to ensure the survival of vibrant debate during this period of political crisis.