UWP withdraws election petitions; awaits ruling on dual citizenship case

Political leader of the UWP Ron Green

The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has withdrawn two of five election petitions it had brought before the court challenging the 2009 General Elections.

The UWP had claimed that bribery and “blockage of access to the state owned media” were evident during the 2009 election.

But the opposition will no longer be taking the matters to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal which were scheduled to be heard Monday.

“We have been advised by our lawyers that we should not proceed in the appeal court with the matter and we have accepted the advice of the lawyers,” UWP leader Ron Green revealed.

The bribery and media access petitions had been struck out when they were originally put to court and the UWP subsequently took the matters to the court of appeal.

Green said meanwhile the UWP is awaiting the judge’s decision regarding a request for disclosure of the passports of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister for Education Petter Saint Jean in the dual citizenship trial.

“But whether or not there is disclosure, the matter will be heard in court at some point in time,” Green pointed out.

Senior counsel Tony Astaphan, who is representing the government ministers in the dual nationality court issue, said his team is confident about its position on the case, and that the judge’s decision does not mean Skerrit will have to step down.

“Even if the court were to rule in favour of the United Workers Party in this application it is not the end of the case. If by some God’s will we were to lose at the trial, we will appeal,” he stated.

He added, “I just want to let people understand that whatever happens on this application and whatever happens at the end of the trial, it does not mean we’re going to have a different Prime Minister in this country at
all.”

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59 Comments

  1. Buit, wait?
    April 9, 2011

    Listen to Tony——

    “Even if the court were to rule in favour of the United Workers Party in this application it is not the end of the case. If by some God’s will we were to lose at the trial, we will appeal,” he stated.

    I guess he will appeal to some authority HIGHER than GOD! I wonder who will that be?

  2. jerry
    April 9, 2011

    :mrgreen: this in very smart because i know there in a problem.its like dont do it let me do it and it would come back to hunt some body in the pass .and this is not just the first time them sheet is going on so move on and come back to win next time

  3. Concerned
    April 8, 2011

    Now it is time for all Dominicans to unite and work together to build this country. We must accept our leader and work with him to build and not destroy our precious Dominica. For many are destroying this nation with their tongues

    Skerro was God’s choice. It is not solely man’s strategy which put him there, for after all God controls all strategies; especially when he has to please a large group of people like voters in a general elections. In other words God chose not to please you or me. Our votes just counted as part of a large group of people whom God needed to please. So let us all accept God’s decision, stop the nonsense, get back in the house and work together for nation building.

  4. Democratic lover
    April 7, 2011

    Papamet, why did they not listen to wisdom in the beginning, we all knew it was a waste of time and money. UWP must stop listening to Lintonney. They had no case.
    We have to thank them for some good jokes thou.

  5. GAL
    April 7, 2011

    RON REALIZE THAT APPEALING IS NOT GOING TO SOLVE ANY THING. IF THE MAN’S LAWYERS
    THINK THAT THEY SHOULD LEAVE THIS MATTER ALONE THEY ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING.

  6. bigger
    April 7, 2011

    Tony is the best,that’s why they they are frightened of him calling him names I know if I had to choose between Tony and Don Christopher whom I would have standing in my corner. harie chien mein dian blanc

    • Dominican
      April 7, 2011

      Which one of us facing court action where our name and glory, our reputation, our family is at stake will not advise our lawyers to use every available oportunity in the law to defend us? If you are one of those who will not use the law to your advantage, knowing fully well that the advantage exists, and it is truly legal, raise your hand. Even Lennox wil call you a fool. When his matter with Mervin, Tony and Krazy et all came up for hearing and his attorney failed to do a good job in preparing his case, what did he do? He got the court to grant him the leave to refile the case. That is taking advantage of the law to defend yourself.

  7. Anonymous
    April 7, 2011

    8-O there is still no better alternative than the UWP – – – AIEE Dominique

  8. Just Astonished
    April 7, 2011

    I’m not at all amused by this announcement today. Ron and his jokers have just sunk yet another nail deep into their political coffins as it were.

    Having gone throughout the Island and also St. Kitts to the OECS Head Conference castigating the Prime Minister, Government and tens of thousands of Dominicans, the Organization of American States Election Observers, the OECS Election Team as being deceitful. Having cried that the whole election process was a fraud, hi-jacked, bought with thirty pieces of silver, being illegal etc. here we are with the said gentleman, not withdrawing those charges without an ounce of regret and an apology.

    Those jokers castigated His Excellency the President among other as being corrupt, having no moral and no authority to hold such an office, now those same people are attempting to show a different face as if nothing has happened. How shameful.

    They boycotted Parliament; they marched around Roseau and Dominica preaching all manner of hatred and threats to bring down the Government for corruption. Those of us in the Diaspora were ridiculed and slandered, all sorts of derogatory and demeaning comments made in the media in an attempt to sully Dominica’s name and that of the Prime Minister, and all that has come to naught.

    Will Ron Green and his team of jokers now (UNBOYCOT) parliament, if there is ever such a word, and now boycott the Peoples’ Parliament and return to the real Parliament. They should now be forced to pay back all monies they received during that period or be prosecuted for public mischief.

    Dominicans will never ever again entrust you jokers with the business of running the affiars of this country into your hands. What a waste.

    DNO thanks for posting this lengthy blog.

  9. BOSS
    April 6, 2011

    BUT WAIT WHY DIDINT A CERTAIN SOMEONE COMMENT? “MOUTH OF THE SOUTH” WHERE IS THE JACK BOMB LOL U HAVE NOTHING TO SAY BOUT DAT EH. U SHITTING YOUR BED NOW EH LOL. WE AINT GOIN NOWHERE WE STAYING RIGHT THERE. AM THE MOUTH OF THE SOUTH NOW LOL

  10. madam
    April 6, 2011

    WHAT ARE WASTE! WHAT ARE WASTE! WHAT ARE WASTE! all you withdrawing ? all you wall start crumbling down? GO EASY FATHERS, DOH HATE YOUR BROTHER :-P LOVE YOU MY PM SKERRIT

  11. LMAO
    April 6, 2011

    Oops they did it again…. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: hopefully soon we won be hearing any “boots on the ground”, “if the cant hear hey will feel” no more 30 people matches around town and the ministry building….just peace and quite while UWP fizzle and die! hopelly another party with some vision and strategy, good leaders etc wil emerge to feel that void…..man i cant wait….

  12. Laplaine
    April 6, 2011

    I have never come to the realization as to what the UWP is in search of. They have squinted from day they declared the election 2009 null and void. Why do we have some senior people of supposingly sound mind going around and beating around the bush in order to prove a point that does not exist. The election is null and avoid yet they are cashing in a salary from the same illegal election, and to add insult to injury they are still not attending the House. I would hate to describe my seniors as morons, but to say the least, they surely have not fallen short.

  13. One Love
    April 6, 2011

    pride comes before a fall – GO SKERRO – GO TONY – GOD IS WATCHING

    and when the cries of the sufferers reaches his ears too frequently

    SUDDEN DESTRUCTION

  14. ALREADY GONE 'GREEN'
    April 6, 2011

    UNITED ‘WORTHLESS’ PARTY HAS SEEN THE LIGHT….AND ABOUT DAMN TIME TOO!

  15. Anonymous
    April 6, 2011

    These guys are so silly, but they’ll also withfraw the alleged dual citizen shipcase to save face.

    The question is, Can we the majority take a A Class Action Lawsuit for public mischief against those jokers?

    Their own supporters must now decide for themselves and leave those jokers alone. THey’re just a fake group.

    • karl puss
      April 6, 2011

      you to Jack A** hiding behind Anonymity
      and talking none sense

  16. flex
    April 6, 2011

    ha ha all u doh hear lenox this morning? de boy cannot believe what he hearing? so after all that work de boy doing he did not understand his party writhdraw the case? to hear de boy on qfm he dont know what to say! magwa sa! lord help them boys! what a fricking waste of time and money! thank god for skerrit! we are on the right track! all u cabaliss will and come again! am waiting to hear more!long live my pm!

  17. RED HOT
    April 6, 2011

    WHEN IS THESE KIND OF JOKES SPAGGS AND EDDO LETTING RON RUN WITH IT

  18. worried dominican
    April 6, 2011

    sing sing tony one day you will stop,man you do not know how you make my blood crawl when i read your cr**,but one day you will shut the hell up.

    • Gabie
      April 6, 2011

      that’ what a good lawyer does to defend his client and win. If uwp had him as their lawyer you would not say that. we all have to shut up one day. go tony go.

      • Just call me miss jackson...
        April 7, 2011

        I feel sorry for this person called worried dominican… I mean this person is lost…. Everyone always thumbs down his/ her comment and yet still this person ain’t getting a clue. I would swear this person is getting paid to write all the nonsense.. Blood crawling my azzzzzzz.. What is it you seat at your computer all day and just attack anyone that is for the gov’t? are u jealous of tony that he is going somewhere doing something and has a career and u don’t. i tell you, some dominicans got issues. Tony is the lawyer and that’s what lawyers do they defend their clients to the best of their abilty but i guess u won’t know that bec u have never needed one, i hope one day u don’t bec u will see what it’s like.. UWP HAS NOOOO DIRECTION, THEY ARE LOSTTT, until another party comes along that has some sense or purpose and something positive to offer then the Gov’t is there to stay bec things are happening in dominica, gooddd things.. So get a life…

  19. Just Giving My Two Cents
    April 6, 2011

    Everything in Dominica is just PAPPY SHOW… …a few days before the Appeal date, you advising the country “We have been advised by our lawyers that we should not proceed in the appeal court with the matter and we have accepted the advice of the lawyers,”

    Guess you should accept the advise of the people…and in your fight for OBEYING the Constitution….showcase your platform and let the people decide at the next elections who they truly want. After all…the alleged bribery will still be there, the garbage bin bobol will still be there, and all the other SINS and CORRUPTIONS of labour will still be there…. so in the interest of your best advisers the PUBLIC…..STOP WASTE THE PEOPLE TIME!

    • sadist
      April 6, 2011

      how can it b a PAPPY SHOW when PAPPY himself is not even in it? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  20. Ruthless
    April 6, 2011

    Election was A year and a few months ago. UWP yet to give their forecast! what they expect to do for our beloved country

    Currently, Any Solid Oppostion that comes we welcome them…Cuz we not a one party country. The DLP is not handling all the affairs of the country 100% but in some areas they seem to be fine! The people have spoken after the five years we will see the progress!

    Regarding this Cases i believe UWP lawyers gave them the best advice as this was a pure waste of funds.

  21. FOREVER POSITIVE
    April 6, 2011

    But is true what Tony say Wikileaks. Which every side lose will appeal and it will go on and on and another election will come and Skerrit will still be the Prime Minister. In the mean time while case going on and appeal will be on skero will be their. get use to it. Dominica is a Democratic country, is workers that withdraw their court matters. Sick set of people that will do and try anything. We are in the lentan season, repent and be saved becasue God is in control and not man.

  22. Shake-Spear
    April 6, 2011

    Friends, Dominican, countrymen, Lend me your ear! Much ado about nothing and the UWP won’t get it’s pound of flesh. The evil that men do lives after than. Beware the ghost of allegation.

  23. Steve
    April 6, 2011

    In a protracted war with the other side using the state’s funds and apparatus (police, media ECT) to its full advantage, commanders on the ground have to make battle field decisions. I suspect that was one of them. Good luck and keep up the fight my brothers. The struggle continues. Tomorrow is a day away and victory is a day away as well. They have to exit the scene at some time. Mobutu did, Mobarak did, Gadhafi is fighting f his life. There are examples all over the world. Don’t give up the fight.

    • LawieBawie
      April 6, 2011

      As far as I am aware though the ruling Dominica Labour Party was voted to power unlike the leaders of those countries which you listed above who came to power through violent revolutions.

      • Native
        April 6, 2011

        Agreed, however, the actions and comments of the current administration may insight a violent dissolution of their positions of authority. That may be one reason they are calling in firearms and passing such stringent firearm laws. Who knows.

        • Sunday's Child
          April 6, 2011

          You’d rather they just ignore the fact that there are alot of hot blooded fellas with unlicensed firearms? don’t let politics cloud your thoughts. I rather the police know who carrying firearms and keep ensuring that holders are properly trained to use guns safely and keep guns away from children.

  24. RED HOT
    April 6, 2011

    COME ON GUYS ALL YOU HAVE LINTON BLUE VEX……..HE CANNOT BELIEVE THAT JOKE. WORLD’S GREATEST COMEDIANS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,NEXT LEVEL?

  25. fast foward
    April 6, 2011

    boy oh boy!

  26. Mwen meme
    April 6, 2011

    Waste of time and pure noise polution. After allu polute the airways and streets with that sh*t, now you all backing down? So with theis “not enough evidence” case what was the point of the allegations in the first place? To address the public on certain issues you MUST ensure that your sources are credible. Do your homework next time.

    • O Cho
      April 6, 2011

      that is why Lennox have to pay money all now so. Now what is Ron platform about. I guess he will say
      1peter built balizier road
      2 peter built case gorie road
      3peter build balizier dixacre link road
      etc etc etc
      4 peter is going to fix my road. Good luck ron

  27. Pepper
    April 6, 2011

    My PM who was brought by the almighty to lead this country is certainly here to stay and thats going to be for a very long while..

    • Amazing
      April 6, 2011

      Ghadaffi and Mubarak was brought in by the almightly too …..

      Health care in crisis….go check out all you hospital and as for all you ICU…shame..shame…shame…a doctor told me to hell with me….that’s what all you voted for on December 18th, 2009. This PMH represents a makeshift hospital in rural south Africa……

      Have some shame for God sake…..whatever Skerrit giving you….hope you put a couple hundred thousands aside to fl you and your relatives out on helicopter over night if needsbe….all you too wicked.

      Unemployment is at it all time high…cost of living continues to soar….agriculture is under water…..and tourism according so Sukie seems to be climbing a slippery post.

      I taking my children and I’m out of here….you people will figure it out! Zor toe meschastay

      • Steve
        April 6, 2011

        So was Mobubtu and IdI Amin Dada.

      • ???????????
        April 6, 2011

        :-D Good for you and your children… Then you will wish you were back in our Lovely Isle of Dominica. Blessings to our country from the Most High. Did you stop to think or read about what is happenning elsewhere?

        As for me DA I staying to work to rebuild … not by boasting and mouth talking but by action. I doh have to come on DNO to say what I doing – but certainly not cussing my country.

      • ???????????
        April 6, 2011

        “This PMH represents a makeshift hospital in rural south Africa……”

        Your words above.. Why can’t you contribute or build a bettter one than the makeshift one looking like the one in rural South Africa.

        Probably you can also invest in a Helicopter for the makeshift hospital .. then I can say you have done your contribution and a share in the development! :lol: :lol: :lol: :-D

        • Amazing
          April 6, 2011

          I do not have to contribute one freaking sh*t….I paying my taxes and I am paying for my medical attention.

          I have done more than my contribution, I have gone above beyond but I am not prepared to do more for country when a few is reaping off country…..

          You can continue to bury your head in the sand…….by the time you decide to take a breather….you will be shocked….lol

          Bajans have closed shop on all you….take that and more…..lol

      • jabo
        April 6, 2011

        you ran to the hospital when you were sick,you were treated and released alive and well. yet, you are not thankful. you ungrateful p…g. that’s what you guys are good for. complain about everything. @ amazing

        • Amazing
          April 6, 2011

          I have not been there yet….and I pray God continues to preserve me but just in case I get there….I will be a paying customer…….so I do not need to be grateful spending my money.

          Remain thankful….but just in case you have not heard the news..Bajans say all you not coming to their hospitals again…..lol

      • lisa
        April 7, 2011

        America have all that and people still dying and people still crying about unemployment. When we go to the hospitals in barbadoes or anywhere we paying our long money. Bajans cannot even afford their hospital they crying. Freedom and UWP was there why they didn’t build a new hospital or put new equipement there? They will come back and is the same thing. Stop making politician full you mister. Wherever you go you will meet another politician.

      • DISGUSTED
        April 7, 2011

        somebody ask you to stay ??????? the doctor tell you go to hell but what did you tell the doctor? hope where you going is better…. all you like to run and corrupt other people country with all you ignorance. allez pour yo fini shayshay choyw

      • DOMNICHEN
        April 7, 2011

        Don’t worry, pretty soon they all will come running back to Da if the Republican get their way.
        They are just a bunch of make believers who want you to think that they are in America, Canada and London, living in a lap of luxury.. You just wait, time will tell.

  28. Truth B Told
    April 6, 2011

    The UWP surely knows that they are fighting a loosing battle. They have nothing to gain from their actions and regardless of the judge’s ruling the DLP will remain in government and Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit will remain the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica. The courts can not, should not and will not circumvent the will of the people.

    The UWP should stop all their foolishness and join with the majority of Dominicans working toward the development of our beloved country. We have had more than enough of their divisive partisan politics it is time to focus on nation building.

    • Papa Dom
      April 6, 2011

      So if the will of the people is to have apublic hanging of a child molester the courts should sanction that too?

      • Truth B Told
        April 6, 2011

        Yes, if the vast majority of the population vote in favour of capital punishment for convicted child molesters… it would seem the proper thing to do.

  29. may day
    April 6, 2011

    So what else now Ron & co. Boy boy boy.

  30. dragers
    April 6, 2011

    that just tell u that the uwp have been waistin dominicans time.

  31. We are not for sale
    April 6, 2011

    Does that mean the Mr.Astaphan already knows the outcome of this case? In a democracy, the CHURCH,JUDICIARY, and the STATE are supposed to be separate powers. Is Mr.Astaphan proving this WRONG? Should i ask this question: ” Is dominica really a democratic state?”

  32. Dominican in the BVI
    April 6, 2011

    Ron and his boys running out of cash.

    • Steve
      April 6, 2011

      I think so–its all the the $$$$$ and the boy Skweoo has plentyof Dominica’s $$$$$ and if that is not enough-the Chinese and brother Chavez will pitch in. Its all about the $$$$$$

  33. WIKILEAKS
    April 6, 2011

    TONY HAS SPOKEN AND THE FINAL WORD IS WITH TONY…THE GREAT ONE

    Senior counsel Tony Astaphan, who is representing the government ministers in the dual nationality court issue, said his team is confident about its position on the case, and that the judge’s decision does not mean Skerrit will have to step down.

    “Even if the court were to rule in favour of the United Workers Party in this application it is not the end of the case. If by some God’s will we were to lose at the trial, we will appeal,” he stated.

    He added, “I just want to let people understand that whatever happens on this application and whatever happens at the end of the trial, it does not mean we’re going to have a different Prime Minister in this country at
    all.”

    • Concern Dominican
      April 6, 2011

      And what is your point?

      • hj
        April 6, 2011

        his point is no matter what happens SKERRIT will still be there. Skerrit will then run again and he will still win and the people will still put him leader of the team. no matter what he will always be there.

    • Steve
      April 6, 2011

      you mean the great Lawerence of Arabia has conquered the black folks–divide and conquer you’all.

      Pray for the black man for his mind is stilli in mental bondage and slavery. ‘Yes Tony the great one’———and the ad thing is that he does not know it Mr.Wiki—divide and conquer has always been, is and will always be be the plight of the black man…. yes Tony the great one.

  34. Gee
    April 6, 2011

    Everyone must abide by the constitution!! It is our map and guide to a civilized/orderly society!!

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