Leader of the United Workers’ Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has called for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) to forgo the Soufriere by-election, which is carded for June 7.
At the UWP’s ‘Purple Rally’, at Pointe Michel, yesterday, he stated that the DLP was “disgraced” by former MP for the Soufriere constituency, Ian Pinard.
“They Labour Party really should sit out this election, you know. The Labour Party shouldn’t be contesting this election, you know,” he said.“Because the Labour party put up a candidate in 2014 that has disgraced himself and the party, and they’re asking you for a victory in honour of and in tribute to him!”
The Soufriere seat became vacant on April 26, when MP Ian Pinard resigned based on what he said were allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against him.
On May 15, Pinard endorsed his would-be successor, Denise Charles, and stated that he will be part of her campaign.
Linton demanded that the people of the Soufriere constituency ask Charles to reveal her stance on the issue of child abuse.
“The people of the Soufriere constituency…must ask the lady standing for the Labour Party what is her position on the defence and the protection of young children in the Commonwealth of Dominica, he urged.“She cannot be allowed to participate in this election campaign, and not tell you where she stands on the reason why we’re having the election campaign.”
He referred to the government’s position on child abuse as “indifference.”
The government was also accused of denying empathy to the victims and families who have suffered because of child abuse.
“What they are asking you to do is unthinkable! They are asking you to stand with them in their indifference to the children of Dominica. They are asking you to stand with them in their refusal to show empathy and support for the victims and the grieving families of child abuse in Dominica.
The Soufriere Constituency consists of the communities of Soufriere, Scotts Head, Gallion, and Pointe Michel.
UWP candidate, Higgs Adams, who lost the seat to Ian Pinard in 2014, will take another shot at representing that constituency.