The sole opposition party to contest the upcoming elections, Team Unity Dominica (TUD), has announced Marigot Candidate Carlos Charles as the political leader of the party.
Charles, who is the Assistant General Secretary of TUD is one of five candidates who will be going up against the incumbent Dominica Labour Party (DLP) on a TUD ticket, at the elections carded for December 6, 2022.
With political scientist and TUD General Secretary Alex Bruno, being at the forefront of the party many, since the party launched, assumed that he would have stepped up and led the young movement.
Addressing such comments, during his weekly Sunday programme held on his Facebook page, Bruno vehemently denied claims of being “power hungry.”
“I have said repeatedly that I am not N-O-T interested in the pursuit of political office,” he reiterated.
“A number of people tell me that I should but I really am not. All the members of my team…I have told them that. Even the prior team I worked with told me I should do it but I have said that I have no immediate and even long-term desire to be elected into office.”
The political scientist continued, “ How do I say it again? I just want things to be good in Dominica because it is my country and I just want us to be thriving. That is it. Can someone please believe me? I have no desire. If and when I am going to run and when I decide to run you will know.”
He asserted that if he had decided to contest the elections, he would have done so in his community of Calibishie, and is confident that he would have become the next Parliamentary Representative of the constituency.
“Calisbishie is my village, there is no way that I could be running and the entire village is not mobilized. Everybody would know and I would get massive support. I would dekale anybody in Calibishie right now, anybody. That’s my village, that’s my stomping ground, that’s a very very prominent area in the constituency of Paix Bouche. I would sweep Calibishie, some would not vote for me but it would be against their conscience cause I have done no wrong in my village,” he declared.
Just two days before nominations, during a press conference, Charles declared to the media that the less than four-month-old party would be contesting enough seats to form the next government.
However, on nomination day, the movement only nominated Charles, Clivian Ian Rolle – St. Joseph constituency, Jason Jno. Baptiste- Roseau Central constituency, Jason Fontaine – LaPlaine constituency, and Lyndon Peters – Grand Bay constituency.
During Bruno’s live, he addressed this topic, stating that TUD had 15 candidates who were ready to contest the elections, but went with five because “that was enough.”
He added, “that’s all that I can say for now. Parties do things for a particular reason ” TUD is the only opposition party to participate in the election – the other three abstaining due to the lack of electoral reform.