Dominica’s youngest political movement, Team Unity Dominica (TUD) has officially announced that they will be contesting the December 6 general elections. However, the less than 4-month-old party is remaining tight-lipped on who their candidates and leader are.
While Assistant General Secretary of TUD Carlos Charles revealed during a press conference last evening that the party has held a private delegates’ conference in which they elected a political leader, he declined to comment on who that individual is as well as the number of seats which the TUD will be contesting in the elections.
“Team Unity Dominica intends to contest enough seats to form the next government and at the appropriate time after the nomination day we will present our candidates, the leader, and the recent polls which we conducted to the general public,” he said.
While he notes that Dominicans have expressed dissatisfaction over the Prime Minister’s decision to hold a snap election, Charles stressed that if citizens do not unite against imposing incumbency, they will only continue to fight utilising what he deemed as failed tactics and strategies.
“We know that we’re entering a battle against a giant in Caribbean politics, not just Dominica, but that we do so with the conviction that the people ultimately decide,” he declared.
The executive member added, “we know the decks are stacked against us, but we enter knowing that the people ultimately decide. We enter this contest, not for ourselves, but for the people. We commit ourselves to this task, and we look forward to meeting with you and working together with you to safeguard the future of our children. Let us take this journey together towards progress. Because when the people unite the people win.”
According to Charles, the Dominican people should unite and send a clear message to the government on December 6 that “enough is enough.”
“We will no longer accept empty promises, we will no longer stay silent while our children’s future seems uncertain,” he proclaimed “Today, as we gather here to declare our position in the December 6 general election we ask, every willing
Dominican, to meet with us to talk with us to advise us to criticize us. And most importantly, those of you who believe in a vision of peace, love, and unity, join us to progress in the campaign.”
Highlighting the TUD’s stance on the highly talked about and much anticipated electoral reform, Charles revealed that they support the electoral reform agenda, and when elected into office, their party will ensure that it becomes a reality.
Following the news of the snap election, General Secretary of TUD, Alex Bruno, issued a call to the opposition parties to join forces and unite to defeat the incumbent Dominica Labour Party (DLP).
Before announcing their decision to contest, Charles pointed out that they extended an invitation to all the other political parties, to join them as he opines “it will do Dominicans better by having the parties participate in the elections than abstaining from it.”
He also made known that TUD will not be joining the opposition’s parties and civil organizations who will be hosting a rally today to protest against the delay in electoral reform, which was promised to Dominicans following the 2019 general election.
“The rally is being masked as no election without reform, but the idea of violence which is being sneaked under the table we don’t want to be a part of that,” he asserted. “Our focus right now is on the election.” The executive member of the young political movement has also categorically denied his party receiving funding from any secret government donors, but instead states that all funding is raised by its membership or is collected from friendly donors of the