UWP vows no general election without electoral reform

electoral reformThe Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has taken the position that there will be no general election in Dominica without electoral reform.

The party also made it clear that they will be going after those who stand in the way of electoral reform.

The UWP held an Electoral Reform Town Hall meeting in Fond Cole on Thursday night and Senator Isaac Baptiste made the position of the UWP on the matter clear.

“And therefore we will stand on the position that there shall not be another general election in Dominica without electoral reform,” he said. “We, the leadership of the United Workers Party will take the lead and will bring and get the people around us to support us and to get to those persons who are in the way of electoral reform.”

Baptiste had a message for those who he said, stand in the way of electoral reform.

“So if you are out there, know that you are in the way of electoral reform, get yourself ready because we will come to you one way or another,” he said.

The UWP has been pressing for electoral reform in Dominica for some time now.

Earlier this month the party wrote to the Electoral Commission calling for “urgent action” on the matter, asking it to complete the process of reform it started more than eight years ago. The party suggested six areas which it said necessitate decisive action from the Commission.

At the meeting on Thursday night party leader, Lennox Linton, repeated some of the suggestions.

He said the party wants an “accurate register of voters.”

“We need to clear that list in way of a total re-registration of all eligible voters,” he stated. “On the basis of that, a new register of voters will be issued.”

He called for voter’s ID, “so we know who is voting.”

Linton also said the UWP wants an enforcement of the provisions in Dominica’s electoral laws that are against bribery, treating, personation (showing up as somebody else to vote) and illegal voting.

He called for a “lawful facilitation of registered eligible voters living overseas” so that they could vote online in general elections.

Campaign financing, media access for the opposition and election campaign spending were some of the issues raised by Linton during the meeting.

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110 Comments

  1. Discombobulated
    September 26, 2016

    The language being used is too strong. Some idiot could read this and use violence. With that said I’m for any positive reform in any part of politics and dca in general. UWP need to be careful. The reforms you ask for include online voting. If granted will u then say the online system has been tampered with? In this day and age it’s easy to hack. Even Hillary and the CIA gets hacked. Even the MOD. I think in our current climate good old pen and paper is good enough.

  2. viewsexpressed
    September 25, 2016

    In principle, it is not a bad fight. UWP, as a decent party is right to campaign and try as much as possible to have our elections not stolen. Anyone disagrees to this fight, I urge you to offer alternatives and be more proactive rather than being a blind Skerrites.
    Please be reminded that this is not a Lennox or UWP thing, this is our thing, we Dominicans. Stop enjoying this movie, with Skerrit playing the main role and this political manipulator and the Assets as role models destroying our children, families and applying corrupt practices where and when necessary at liberty. Our country is in ruin and this corrupt Labour party government has failed, …..they have failed us and we need to stand up, or is it all or most Dominicans are scared, blind or nervous.
    Wake up Dom9inicans, let us take our Gem back from these corrupt politicians.

    • A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
      September 26, 2016

      It is only a UWP thing, viewexpressed. The UWP can decide not to contest the election, that is their right; but they cannot prevent the House from being dissolved after 5 years so they can remain in the opposition parliament without seeking re-election. Somebody is giving them some very bad advise. The people of Dominica know how the electoral process works. They cannot fool all of us.

  3. Arte El Labore
    September 24, 2016

    Hi there, I just had a fish dinner ,man I can tell you that fish had more bones than Lennox Linton, come to think of it what’s the matter with that guy Linton,is he afaird of a TKO in round 4 from supper man DR.PM SKERRIT ?look man stand up and fight bloopy coward :oops:

  4. Caribbean National
    September 24, 2016

    The election will still go on and DLP will win once more.

  5. forreal
    September 23, 2016

    this seem to be a very strong language!!! we will come after you in any form,,,this sounds very trump like….are these guys crazy….first of all there is going to an election with or without UWP,,,and any form of violence will be met with the full extent of the law…with that said..whenever there is a general election,,outsiders are brought in as observers…they have never raised the question of election frauds,,,the opposition seem to of the opinoun that if the whole election process is cleaned up according to them,,,that they will win like they were robbed of votes,,,are these guys crazy,,the government could scrap the whole process and still win the elections,,the government is loved and trusted by the greater majority of the people…they were not robbed by the impression that they are attempting to exibit,,look at the last byelections,,they were beaten so bad..man this guy with his come at you statement,must be suffering from mad cow disease

  6. Tell the Truth
    September 23, 2016

    UWP speak as if they are the present government. When will you comprehend and accept that you are only the opposition? Do you not know you have no power? The current government can implement changes without you putting your nose in it and forcing it on them.
    No election? The current PM will continue in his portfolio. You will be the loser and will have to grin and bear it.
    Lennox attitude is unbecoming of one who would like to be a prime minister at all costs. He is too militant and combatant.
    The Police authorities have taken note. You will recall D/ca has an additional thirty-nine police officers. By next election there will be more, enough to combat the troublemakers, arrest them and imprison them.
    Be obedient to authority.

    • A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
      September 25, 2016

      The Constitution states when a General Election is to be called. Not the Leader of the Opposition. Fact.

      The Leader of the Opposition cannot decide when an election is called. Only the PM. Fact.

      If the UWP says there will be no elections I guess, we can expect them to also tell us they can stop the sun from rising (pun intended) so we will have the longest 5 years in history.

      Does that means also, that the UWP can make time stand still and decides when the days turn into weeks, weeks to months and months to years? I use to think time waits on no man, but I could be wrong.

      The UWP is trying to play a Halloween Trick not wanting to lose the 5 seats they have in the House, so if no elections they believe they can remain in parliament and not face the voters? Sorry, 5 years after a General Election, Parliament is dissolved; or whenever within the 5 years the PM decides under the constitution and not the Leader of the Opposition.

    • viewsexpressed
      September 26, 2016

      “Obedient to What Authority….?” This corrupt, open bias, incompetent, ridiculous, clueless corrupt Labour party led by an inept leader, PM and followed blindly by a bunch of inept hungry politicians who are in denial that Dominica is sinking…?

      this is the truth and you must tell the truth or else your name means nothing

  7. September 23, 2016

    We Dominicans are NOT patriotic as we make out to be, because for few dollars and little handouts, we allow politians to erode and destroy our democracy, SHAME ON US DOMINICANS, our children and grandchildren will be ashame us of us

  8. Silver fox
    September 23, 2016

    IF LINTON and Fontaine and the rest of the Workers party cabbage water lots think anyone off them could tell us how to run our country they making a big mistake ,because the truth will reville.

    • viewsexpressed
      September 26, 2016

      There is one thing Silver Fox, with a blind lining over your face that you and your corrupt DLP team will always envy, is that the reputation, dignity and honesty in politics that Lennox, Fontaine and the UWP Team possess, you and your corrupt regime just cannot find it within this corrupt labour party government

  9. mine
    September 23, 2016

    Desperate people do desperate things. Lenox is just looking for a title and when of if he gets it case closed on you all. I said that once and will say it again if you all put these people in power DA FINISH!!.

    • Tjebe fort
      September 26, 2016

      Talking about titles. How a bout a Doctorate from the Punjab and the man insisting you call him Dr. Itmakes our entire country look ridiculous. Go and follow your Punjab Doctor, not me.

  10. Be Good
    September 23, 2016

    try something na stay out if you all don’t want to take part 2019 fine

  11. Shameless
    September 23, 2016

    I am at a lost here seeing some people’ posting.

    What is wrong with asking for electoral reforms? Why is the DLP so afraid of reforms? If you have nothing to fear why not give us electoral reforms? After all, we all know that the voters list is filled with dead people who rise and walk to the polls every election day and others who suddenly show up on a donated airline ticket, vote, have a wonderful time and disappear again for another 5 years. Dominicans, STOP that political color nonsense and open your eyes. Again, what is wrong with asking for electoral reforms that will strengthen our democracy. UWP is not saying it will win elections if we implement reforms but rather its our democracy at stake at the current rate.

    I say time to roll! No elections until reforms..period, and Dcans should make sure that this dictatorship is not allowed to flourish by any means necessary.

    Always Assertive! :twisted: :twisted: ,

  12. September 23, 2016

    Am not crazy about the DLP but UWP alu doe ready yet. Dominica really need a new party.

  13. WORRIED
    September 23, 2016

    So sad to see how our little island is being held hostage by greedy politicians and backward thinking citizens.
    When will Dominica make any kind of progress if people cannot broaden their thinking in order to explore new ideas. If you continue to think the way you have for the past three decades you are simply going to see the same results. The country will never make any meaningful progress. I am reluctant to say that but if the people of Dominica fail to embrace and incorporate fresh ideas relative to their politics that can effect positive change in their lives and their children’s lives we will continue to be a regressive people and country.

    • Shameless
      September 26, 2016

      Ok so what is your position on the hardline electoral reform demand by the UWP? Your point above well taken but you seem to dance like a boxer around the issue without even landing the jab. Tell us where you stand because this is a democratic blog where “people” come looking for hard answers so fear not even if some like me may disagree.

      My position: “No elections by any means necessary until reforms are instituted!” :twisted: :twisted:
      Always Assertive! :twisted:

  14. Tj
    September 23, 2016

    Senator Baptiste you on the right path. I wish that such measures were in place for the past general election. It is time the P.M. Understand his role.

  15. Neutral
    September 23, 2016

    las parlay sot la

  16. September 23, 2016

    We Dominicans, seems to be small minded and short sighted, this is much bigger than the UWP or the DLP Free and fair election is the backbone of our democracy, and the future of our country, shouldnt we build a good foundation so when Skerrit and Linton long gone our children and grandchildren can live in a peaceful country or do we want to leave them in caos because of our petty politics
    Every Dominican should be calling for free and fair elections and may the best man win.
    If Skerrit is so loved, popular, and better educated, then what he got to fear?
    We cannot under NO circumstanses compromise our right to free and fair election or else, its a recipe for caos

    • Elephan
      September 23, 2016

      Perfect response

    • Tell the Truth
      September 23, 2016

      “chaos”
      As always, it depends on whose side you are on. Who said there was not a free and fair election? There were foreign scrutinizers who traveled around the island during election and who were satisfied with the process.

      • September 26, 2016

        If you want to bury head in the sand when it come to real issues, go right ahead, but we all know that the last two election were far from free and fair
        Try and see the big picture, broaden your horizen, instead of just being red

    • Tjebe fort
      September 25, 2016

      AMEN!!!

    • viewsexpressed
      September 25, 2016

      well put, I cincture. Some blind skerrites just don’t understand, they are only focus on personality and not the decency of good goverance

  17. Engineer
    September 23, 2016

    The Dominica constitution calls for a general elections every five years unless other reason. That gives labor more wining chances. If UWP don’t participate in the next general election,they will be the losers. Great opportunity for the DFP or DPP to step in and kick UWP out of the picture.

    • Barrington
      September 23, 2016

      Engineer

      You can’t read then? Nowhere in the story did the UWP say anything about not participating they said no election will take place in Dominica unless there is electoral reform!!!

    • Tjebe fort
      September 24, 2016

      Bull****, how can you call yourself a winner of a race where you are the only participant?

    • NUWP
      September 24, 2016

      But who really cares if Lennox and UWP contest or not nah? Happy for him. Less blose for him. All he can talk about is politics politics politics. Wish he vows one day he will fine a job and also vow to plant a fig tree so he can sweat to eat bread rather dan blajaying like Is dat our txt paying dem to do. G fine a job t earn legitimate cash fair days work. Everyday is politics that man talking. Even Webb we needed him in time of ERIKA he shows no love for people in distress today U talking about love Dominica. Man the time will come uno to deal with u politically once again. Dam lazy. U bit spraggs we in laziness and stupidity

    • Sams Gutter
      September 24, 2016

      You are stupid

    • viewsexpressed
      September 25, 2016

      Rubbish……….get on board for good goverance

  18. Real possie
    September 23, 2016

    But hold on nah, didn’t the DLP sent in it’s reform nah? So there is going to be a reform. The question is, did the UWP sent in theirs? They did not so can some tell me why is Tarzan beating his chest so, lol. Boss an election can be called today and there is nothing you people can do about it. I don’t see why Isacc talking he won his seat on the same old election law, so am I to think dead people voted for him? You can’t cry fowl when you won with the same cock crowing.

    • Papa Dom
      September 24, 2016

      You are a [email protected]@@@g ££££££Ho!!! and all those supporting you. The U W P made suggestions, always have but you are so busy listening to skerritt and the rest of those labour jac£&?3&s that you wouldn’t know.

    • Me
      September 26, 2016

      Didn’t labour say there would be i.d. cards? Did they provide them?

  19. Same old story
    September 23, 2016

    I agree with the UWP, when the PM calls the next general election I think both they and their supporters should abstain. Don’t vote, don’t participate so labour can win all 21seats and continue to bring meaningful development to this beautiful island. The opposition has no clue, no idea and absolutely nothing to offer. All they are looking for is an excuse to justify why they didn’t and will never win. The real reason is, it’s crystal clear to all unbiased Dominicans that they haven’t sat as a team to constructively come up with any ideas to move this country forward.

  20. bro
    September 23, 2016

    I want to agree with the UWP but i just gotta shake my head. How hard would it be for them to compile a list of say 1000+ dead persons who are still on the voters list? You know to a) make the point that the list needs cleansing, and b) to expedite the process. They don’t want to do work, they want to tell others to do the job.

    The voter id is crap if you ask me, your passport, SS, or drivers license should suffice. if you don’t already have neither, then questions have to seriously be asked about ur worth to society. But just having a specific voting card is a waste of money in a poor state like Dominica.

    Another issue is that they complain about importing votes via airline, but to put things in perspective its no different than giving a bus ride to the polls. Transportation is transportation. Then asking for online polling, as if that will make matters better- NOT!!! now everyone with a new Dominican passport can vote from the comfort of their Iranian or Asian hotel.

    • NUWP
      September 24, 2016

      The electoral office dnt have to listen to all death announcements. Dis I see not their doe. Only a LAZY MAN LIKE LENNOX WOULD THINK SO. Sir if u know there are names on the list who is not to be dre y UB st go on matt or a a day an get ur tail in Marigot to clean up the list an submit the name of the person who sho should not b on the list? That’s ur job. U to like to ramble talk. U hatevto dobur work. Easy money u like. U have constituency association engage dem in active things rather dan telling DEM comeback town t protest to make a mockery of them self. Uuuuuuuuuuu tooooooo daaammm laaaaaazzzzyyyyyy lenoooox

  21. zandoli
    September 23, 2016

    To the UWP leadership
    Electoral reform is not what is preventing you from winning the elections. You keep focusing on the wrong things and until you wisen up, you will never win.

    To those supporters who think I am anti-UWP, I am not. I am just stating the truth.

    • Tell the Truth
      September 23, 2016

      You are being fair.
      In all fairness, even DLP supporters (or some of them) make the identical statement.

    • Tjebe fort
      September 24, 2016

      Do I need remind you that despite all,the obstacles it was Skerrit that lose three important seats to the opposition in the last election and not the other way round. A large proportion of voters IN DOMINICA do not support Skerrit.

      • Zandoli
        September 26, 2016

        @Fort
        You are making my point even stronger, that despite not it having electoral reform UWP still took 3 seats during the last election. If they present themselves as a party that is ready to govern and people perceive them to be a better alternative to DLP, then they have a good shot at winning. They are wasting a lot of time on issues that will not get them anywhere.

        In the end the pertinent question people with ask is “what’s in it for me”

  22. UDOHREADYET
    September 23, 2016

    Voter ID laws are one of the methods US Republicans try to use in order to limit the amount of people voting in general elections.
    If UWP wont participate in general elections then Freedom party should… its their loss.

    the last two village elections they lost significantly and the number of eligible voters in those villages and the people who voted match up so whats the problem?

    Linton at this point is not going to improve as a political leader, he is more of a complainer… they need new leadership.

    • Tell the Truth
      September 23, 2016

      He should utilize a different approach. He is too much in an argumentative, quarrelsome and fighting spirit. It is troubling for one who would like to be PM of Dominica. What type of PM will he make? A leopard does not change the color of its skin overnight.

  23. LifeandDeath
    September 23, 2016

    Wow..It will be quite some time before Dominicans wake up..One should simply ask himself. why is it necessary to defend a Government that is against electoral reform?
    If Electoral Reform is a good thing for Country, why does it scare the bejesuit out of the Labour Party and their supporters?…Tony Astaphans refer to it as MADNESS…
    Dominicans have a real hard lesson to learn but father TIME always reveals all…I cannot understand why this is such a major hurdle for the DLP..Just do the right thing and remove all doubt..!!! But, the saying is true “what a tangled Web we weave, when we practice to deceive”

    “I have freed a thousand slaves and would have freed a thousand more, if they only knew that they were slaves”..Attributed to Harriet Tubman..

    The Mindset, the Thinking of Dominicans need adjustments..Why reject something that will improve our systems?..Jah Guide unno!!

  24. Cemetary Church
    September 23, 2016

    “And therefore we will stand on the position that there shall not be another general election in Dominica without electoral reform,” he said. “We, the leadership of the United Workers Party will take the lead and will bring and get the people around us to support us and to get to those persons who are in the way of electoral reform.”

    DNO you need to listen to the tape again because I listened to the entire address and though Mr. Baptist made this statement, he also said they would do it “LEGALLY”! The way you have it gives those hungry, corrupt, oppressive wolves the impression that UWP is preaching violence. I guess you want to suggest violence because maybe you think that’s the only way justice will be obtained in Dominica. But please, do not give the impression that it is from UWP

  25. Stoney
    September 23, 2016

    Dominicans are foolish preiod, unable to decide what they want…

    they are easily persuaded, not the type of ppl u can count on!!

    if they were positive they would not have the Title of being the Poorest and Slowest economy in the region…they just can’t elevate period!!

    change is something that dominica dislike to the core….

    • Tell the Truth
      September 23, 2016

      It is ignorant of you to place the 70,000 D/cans more or less in the identical category. As a Dominican, you are also referring to yourself. When will you learn not to generalize and place all D/cans in the same basket? It is also insulting. Everyone is not one and the same. Learn to communicate properly.

  26. free
    September 23, 2016

    We stand with you. No Elections!!!!! Let the Government and the Electoral office come clean do what is right. UWP they will criticize you but have no fear. STAND UP FOR OUR country

    • Driver
      September 25, 2016

      OK. No reform, so no elections. What then? The Doctor stays on or what?

  27. Shameless
    September 23, 2016

    Thank you UWP.

    Finally we seems to be making sense. This has broad but positive implications for us and our fledgling democracy. One cannot continue to talk talk talk and not take the necessary actions by any means necessary. I hope this applies to all Parliamentary Elections including by-elctions. Now let me see if “we the people” will just sit down and shut up or RISE UP if any parliamentary type election is held. We will only succeed when we all agree to stand for what is right to the end. No gains will be made in Dominica unless we agree that our blood, sweat and tears are well worth the fight for Ma Dominique’ future generations.

    Nuff talk, time for action. :twisted: :twisted:

    Always Assertive! :twisted:

  28. analy thomas
    September 23, 2016

    Yet another round of ignorance and arrogance! Dominicans do not know that they have rights and this is disturbing. I hear a call for violence and the law of Moses by some of your comments.
    I am even ashamed to say where i am from now.

  29. Titiwi
    September 23, 2016

    There is no reason why we can not have on-line voting for a small country like ours, especially with so many citizens dispersed outside Dominica itself. Switzerland has electronic voting, certainly since 2009 and if a country like that can make a success of it, so can we. I believe that Estonia has also successfully adopted an on-line voting system We could begin with electronic (on-line) voter registration, as is available in the U.K. for instance.
    From the reactions I have read so far I get the distinct impression that the opponents of change are running scared. Why?

  30. Bagaila Bande
    September 23, 2016

    It looks like desperation is tightening on these guys nuts and so they have started bla-blaing from the mouth. Dominicans take note, don’t let these broke, desperate guys lead you down their tried and failed routines. Amen!

  31. no justice, no peace
    September 23, 2016

    labourites , the world is hearing and reading your comments, It is just confirming that is only foolish ,dunce ,and beggars that is supporting this corrupt labour regime ,
    something like reform is being asked of the government for fairness in an election, ,for transparency for peace sake , What is wrong with that/?What are you all afraid of , ?Have we lost the spirit of Godliness ,truth ,rightousness?is that an evil request?,and in what way is it evil? Oh lord have mercy on your souls,

    • Tell the Truth
      September 23, 2016

      What places you in a higher category than they?
      Everyone has an opinion. Who does yours represent?

  32. Peace
    September 23, 2016

    None senses! None sense and more none sense!

  33. A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
    September 23, 2016

    I think we should say thank you to the UWP; with their help and stand we know they will never form the government of Dominica again because they will not contest any General Election therefore our PM can remain PM as long as he wants and the DLP will remain our government forever, if they continue the good work they are doing and of which I have no doubt. Finally the UWP is doing something good for Dominica.

    I need one clarification; will the UWP resign all their seats before the next general so we can have By-Elections si vous plais?

    Give Jack his Jacket. When it is good say it is good. I respect and welcome the UWP stand. No more can they tell the people of dictatorship with any conviction.

    • Hopeful Dreamer
      September 23, 2016

      Well said. I guess you are a CBI ‘investor?;. Can you tell us, pray, when you got your passport, how much you had to pay for it and when, O when, you visited Dominica to see the president and the PM to complete the deal?

    • September 24, 2016

      @A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
      September 23, 2016

      You have said it well and you have said on my behalf, so then I have nothing more to say. Thank you my brother

  34. oh Yes
    September 23, 2016

    Go workers! It’s time to be more assertive. Time for action. Get things done for the sake of Dominica.

  35. Dominican
    September 23, 2016

    In March of 2013 Julius Timothy declared that 100,000 Id cards would be avaialble to Dominicans by the end of that year. This was also confirmed by chief electoral officer Stephen Laroque (see DNO of 8 June, 2013). It is now the end of Sept. 2016, almost three years later. Where are these cards?? Promises or simply fibs, what is it?

    • Tell the Truth
      September 23, 2016

      In case you were asleep, did you not realize there was an election recently? Wake up!

    • Me
      September 26, 2016

      Of course we had elections Truth! But still without the promised ID cards. Your comment is only a diversion tactic and does not address the unfulfilled promises of the DLP or the Electoral Office. The question remains. Where are those cards???

  36. San Antonio Tx
    September 23, 2016

    i don’t see Dominica as a progressive island….

    it’s not their culture they are not “KNOWN” for a mentality of higher thinking and success…

    as the signs are clearly there, they tolerate allot of stuff which the other islands in the Caribbean surely don’t…

    So the UWP is barking in the wilderness for a long while, but due to dominicans being selfish they are not Patriotic at all..only a smoke screen during the independence times, but deep down they don’t want better for their island…

    it’s a mindset that is unique and rare with regards to the other caribbean islands…

    which other island would tolerate a Prime Minister traveling so much with no Pres Conferences not detail on travel etc…just shows the dominican mindset…

    that’s why they’re known around as the Fools Paradise, a droll, dunce easy to be tamed type of people….extremely small minded…

    they are so dunce in dominica they don’t read unable to discuss and unaware of their rights as…

    • I am Domnican....are YOU????
      September 23, 2016

      San Antonio….keep your comments there… in San Antonio!!! Please and thank you!!!!

    • Emile Dominique
      September 23, 2016

      I guess you see TX and the USA very progressive where police are killing you because you are not white. You are duncer than us. We know our rights to life. In the USA if you are not white dogs have more rights than you. The police have Hitler’s gestapo powers that they can stop you at anytime and ask for I D if you do not have it you go to jail. Can you imagine getting killed for a traffic offence. No arrest no trial no warrant, and the media is making all kinds of excuses for the police. You seem to aquire you image of the Plantation masters who are expert at calling Dominicans all kind of names.

    • Sixth nine
      September 23, 2016

      San Antonio, what do you know about Dominica, maybe you leave in the US and have no idea about Dominican people and cultural heritage so you pal stay out of our business, am being nice to you because i am a ture Dominican.

    • sel
      September 23, 2016

      All what you wrote about me as a Dominican does not make me what u think the same way calling u a PIG wallowing in your own s–t does not make u a pig.

    • your neighbor house on fire wet yours
      September 23, 2016

      Is this why you’re in TX Mr or Mrs patriotic?. Since you’ve gone to greener pastures why don’t you concentrate on what’s going on around you where you are and what you’re going to do if donald Trump wins. You say they’re referring to Dominicans so clearly you’re not one of us so your two cents is not required.

      • Sams Gutter
        September 25, 2016

        I’m a Dominican who have been to San Antonio, the Dominicans met are doing exceptionally well and continue to make a meaningful contribution to Dominica.

    • Tell the Truth
      September 23, 2016

      Who are you anyway? Silly. You are ignorant. Take a back step.
      If I owned this Website, I would prohibit your ignorant, insulting comments.
      Stay in San Antonio and wait for the next tornado. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

      • Me
        September 26, 2016

        ..you sound suspiciously like the old Facts to me. Are you the same person in a different hide?

  37. DC
    September 23, 2016

    Excuse me? UWP is unable to win the hearts of the majority of the people, therefore, they have decided to resort to this. The strategies of the UWP have proven to be ineffective. Their leadership style is unappealing to the masses. Unless the UWP change the combative ways, they will remain in opposition. At this time, the UWP is not ready to lead, your current stance, solidifies my belief. We need a new party!

    • Peace
      September 23, 2016

      I don’t know if we need a new party but we definitely need people with common sense and substance.

    • Papa Dom
      September 23, 2016

      The “fact” that they are unable or o win the hearts of the majority says much more about the people/voters than it says about the leadership of the UWP. If people choose to vote for a man and party which consistently lie to them, and keeps them in poverty, then it is up to them.

      • Bat Country
        September 25, 2016

        Of course leaders have to be win the hearts of the people they seek to lead and they must be convinced that those seeking leadership can effect change and are worth following. It’s clear that Hon. Skerrit and His DLP has won the hearts of the majority and are bringing about “some” of the change that the people want, meanwhile the UWP and Linton are stuck in the politics of the yesteryear, the 90s. Slogans, exaggeration, lies, misguided lawsuits, idiotic protest etc.. That can’t cut it anymore. Being able to string as many words together whether or not they make sense to give the impression of being intelligent is not going to impress the universal secondary education, state college, one university graduate to a household young Dominican and their parents. Wheel and come again Brothers..

    • A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
      September 24, 2016

      DC one observation the UWP will not even be in opposition if they do not contest the General Election. Okay maybe they will be in opposition because they oppose everything good for Dominica but they will have no seats in the Honourable House if they do not contest the elections and win a few seats.

      So whenever the Honourable Prime Minister decides to call a general election and the Opposition Leader must be aware, he is not the one who decides whether we have an election or not. He can decide not to contest the election but he cannot decide there will be no election.

      Once PM calls the elections the UWP seats in the House are dissolved. The Government remains the government until a new government in our case the same is sworn in. The opposition if I am correct is no longer members of parliament during transition.

      So as I said earlier, thank you to the UWP for finally putting Dominica first and let the Government continue with the development of the country.

  38. Emile Dominique
    September 23, 2016

    We are ready for their violence and unrest, that is all they can offer. They have no authority to decide on the election process.. …What they are advocating is pure terrorism.. So let them come. We will protect our leaders, and it will defence by air, sea and land. It will be conter-attack. Many of us have nothing to lose. But be warned it will not be like may 79. NO more mister nice guys, that’s a promise.

    • LifeandDeath
      September 23, 2016

      This idea of violence expressed by Emile Dominique in a way epitomizes the lack of mental latitude and tolerance prevalent among many Dominicans where politics is concerned..The kind of maturity that is required for unbiased progressive discussion on important issues..

      Just because the UWP choose to withdraw from engaging in elctions under the current conditions is not an automatic call for violence and mayhem in Dominica..take is easy Dominique and THINK a little bit..CALM Brother!!..

      • Emile Dominique
        September 25, 2016

        Tell UWP leaders to think and keep calm instead of this constance provocation and this mental terrorism. I will be calm for now and will not throw the first stone, but will return fire. I have no more cheeks to turn.

  39. Righteous
    September 23, 2016

    “The party also made it clear that they will be going after those who stand in the way of electoral reform.” “We, the leadership of the United Workers Party will take the lead and will bring and get the people around us to support us and to get to those persons who are in the way of electoral reform.” What exactly does this mean? “Going after and get the people.” While I may agree with a clean-up of the voter’s list, a total re-registration of all voters will definitely disenfranchise many voters in particular the ones in remote areas. As far as impersonation, I would like to learn of at least one instance where this actually occurred in an election in Dominica. Laws about treating? Really? Let’s talk something of substance and not just mouth off just for the sake of doing so man. No one in Dominica has and will ever buy/steal an election. Voters go to the poll and vote for representation. Key words, “vote for representation.” i.e show up in parliament and discuss…

    • Peace
      September 23, 2016

      This is by far the best comment posted on this thread!!

    • September 24, 2016

      @Righteous
      September 23, 2016

      I love your comment. I agree with you, what profound example does the UWP has to convince us that impersonation is practiced at that Election Pole?

  40. Jaded
    September 23, 2016

    “So if you are out there, know that you are in the way of electoral reform, get yourself ready because we will come to you one way or another,” Baptiste said.

    What does Baptiste mean by that comment? It is not like he does not know who is standing in his way. He knows that only the government can effectuate electoral reform. So why does he have to be so vague with his – “If you are out there…” – nonsensical comment? Are these people ready to form the government?

    • Tjebe fort
      September 23, 2016

      You see that is where you are wrong. Parliament can effect reform, not government. Government is not the same as parliament. Skerrit and others may think so but that is precisely where we go wrong. When you win an election you represent all people and must treat them equally, even if you detest them personally. If you can not do that you are not a good leader.

      • MAM
        September 25, 2016

        You all UWP A-**** that interpret the constitution in all you own way, never want to agree when lost, and the most dumb thing of all, is to believing you are the seating government in opposition. UWP never respects the elected government as the representative of the people. You,UWP people must not come with your crap!! “When you win an election you represent all the people and must treat them equal” So DLP won the election now!!! :lol: Jokers in politics.

  41. Emile Dominique
    September 23, 2016

    We do not need any reform. The UWP must be warned that if they come for us we have the right to defend ourselves. They want to create a crisis for violence, but there are more of us than of them. So bring it on. We are ready to take it to the next extreme, the whole nine yards. If they think that we will lie down and play dead and let them walk all over us they are mistaken. BIG MISTAKE! The DLP should not answer them . Our leaders should not say a single word on this, but from now on their words and actions should be monitored while we prepare to defend ourselves. It will be blows for blows and violence for violence. DLP leaders stay quiet…we got this.

    • Deborah
      September 23, 2016

      ARE YOU FOR REAL??????? Emile Dominique please don’t try to insult our intelligence.

      You go to any banking institution you need a Valid pictorial ID to conduct any transaction
      You go to the Immigration office you need a Valid pictorial ID to collect a passport on someone’s behalf
      You go to Money Gram/Western Union you need a Valid pictorial ID to collect your own money
      You go to college you need a Valid pictorial ID to certify that you are who you say you are

      ARE YOU FOR REAL???? May the same GOD We all claim to serve have MERCY on us all. Stop putting POLITICS before COUNTRY. Electoral Reform is a MUST.
      This present voters list needs to be cleansed. My grandmother died since 2007 and her name is still on the list. I know of persons who have been abroad for over twenty years and their names are still on the list.
      Emile Dominique et al Are you for REAL????
      Mr. Linton I applaud you stand your ground NO ELECTORAL REFORM NO ELECTIONS NO MATTER WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Peace
        September 23, 2016

        Deborah, reform of any kind can be good but these fools are trying to kill a mosquito with a gun. So you want to re-register every single eligible Dominican to vote when the constitutions clearly states how one can and should be removed from the list? A clean-up is different from a total registration. This proposed policy sounds like the plan is to only register people who we believe are more than likely to vote UWP.

      • Emile Dominique
        September 23, 2016

        My bet is UWP will not do anything because they are afraid of retaliation, they are just bluffing. But bluffing or not we will be ready so let them come

      • Sixth nine
        September 23, 2016

        Deborah,are you trying to say your grandma died,over 20years ago and she could still vote? My oh my, she must have been the mother of franklinstine . :twisted: :twisted:

      • Emile Dominique
        September 25, 2016

        @ Deborah. Take note I am real, very real. I do not think we need any reform..Constitutional or Electoral…just because some politition are talking noise because they want media and political attention does not convince me. And they dare to give ultimatum. On what authority. The system has worked for us for over 60 years. If it works why fix it. It worked after independence for 38 years. It worked for DFP, UWP, DLP. Suddenly it will stop working because noise makers say so.
        So you want us to change from human to numbers. I refuse to change. You have 21 seats. If the party who wants my vote do not know me and cant recognize me as a member of his constituency or at the poling station I will not vote for him\her. So I do not need an ID. If they do not know wether I am dead or alive, they do not care for my vote or for me. We are working on a level field. All what other parties can do the UWP is free to do. If they want to give handouts and building material or rum or money or…

      • Emile Dominique
        September 25, 2016

        Or rides or tickets to fly, they are free to do so. Vile threats will only meet with vile reaction. So take note. When they send Fond Cole people to throw stones for them. I hope they and their families will be in the front line

    • troof
      September 23, 2016

      Noone spoke anything about violence. He said if you are in the way of reform, they will be coming to you. This does not mean they are coming to beat you up. But you may have to answer why you are in the way. Reform is always needed every few years. That is the thing with many of us, we do not like change. like to stay in old outdated things.

      • Tjebe fort
        September 23, 2016

        Of course, the opposition is not talking about violence brother but imagine how the international aid agencies are looking at us if we oppose to make elections more fai, more transparent and less corrupt? Think about that bro. At least they will think twice about assisting a regime like that. If we don’t change it will hit us in our pocket. Passport sale alone is not our salvation.

    • derp
      September 23, 2016

      something is wrong with you…. any rational thinking person, would clearly see the voting list needs a reform and update

  42. mi twaka
    September 23, 2016

    So is “Town Hall Meeting” when u cannot get a crowd,show us the people that were there nuh?

  43. Preacher
    September 23, 2016

    They realise they cannot win an election
    So they will cause trouble
    Nothing new
    Reform or no reform UWP can never win an election in Dominica
    And we say AMEN

    • Bloodclat
      September 23, 2016

      Amen!!!!!

    • I am Domnican....are YOU????
      September 23, 2016

      Precher…..AMEN!!!!!!

  44. so long
    September 23, 2016

    Nous pas lass tan sa? That record stick man.Reform or no reform all u losing the Roseau South seat!

    • Bloodclat
      September 23, 2016

      Ahhhhhh I second that!!! Lol this one is in the bag next time around.

  45. jim jones
    September 23, 2016

    u can not vote online dum dum linton

    • troof
      September 23, 2016

      He is asking to now be able to. Off course this poses many concerns like hacking and security issues, but IT is definitely done in the US for sure. It may be done in other countries also.

      • Joe
        September 23, 2016

        Doesn’t mean it is best practice troof, does it? online voting is much to risky and has more room for fraud!!!!!! Bad idea yes!!!

  46. huh?
    September 23, 2016

    Or else….. sounds like the UWP is becoming more of a dictatorship party. ‘There will not be another general elections in Dominica without electoral reform’. So suppose electoral reform is not achieved before the next general elections how exactly are they planning to prevent general elections?? War? Riot? Death? I mean I understand their concern but these words incite violence and unrest. Politicians across the board need to understand that they’re dealing with persons of all psychological make-ups. Someone might take it upon himself to start assassinating people who seem to stand in the way of the party’s objectives out of ‘party loyalty’. It have all kinda crazies out there!!

    • I am Domnican....are YOU????
      September 23, 2016

      And Linton is the craziest of them all :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • September 24, 2016

      @huh? September 23, 2016 “Or else….. sounds like the UWP is becoming more of a dictatorship party”

      They are not becoming, they have been acting, so from since Lennox Linton entered the leading status –he has been commanding PM Skerrit to do this and do that in 30 days, immediately, or right away–except that his demands are falling on deaf ears –Lennox has not authority above the Prime Minister; he needs to get that into his head.

      Their “or else” thing is simply bluffing, they cannot intimidate no on one!

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