(DNO) Chairman of the Marigot Constituency Association of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) Harold Tyson says a decision has been taken not to have DLP Senator Dayton Baptiste contest a by-election if one is called.
The Marigot seat is one of the two which were made vacant after a decision by its elected Member of Parliament Edison James not to attend Parliament three times in a row
Tyson said on May 16, the constituency association met with party officials and a decision was taken.
“Top on the table was the issue of a by-election. We have decided that Baptiste will not be the candidate for the by-election. We have identified a candidate who will be contesting and we will announce it at the appropriate time,” he said.
But that’s not the word coming from a top member of the DLP.
General Secretary Edward Registe has ruled out every statement made by Tyson, indicating that no decision has been taken in that regard.
Registe said the DLP has not taken a decision yet as to whether it will even contest the seat in a by-election.
“We had a very successful meeting and we listened to those who were present. We put in place a programme that would enable us to better understand our approach towards a by-election. That is still unfolding. We cannot say who will be running or who will not be running. We would have to disassociate the DLP from any statement otherwise,” Registe said.
According to him, Baptiste contested the 2009 general election on behalf of the DLP and he remains the caretaker for Marigot.
“There will always be persons who will want more but at the end of the day he remains the caretaker of the constituency and that’s that,” Registe added.