United Workers Party (UWP) hopeful for the Paix Bouche Constituency, Eunica Anthony Victor, says she is gaining ground on her opponents, the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), despite what she calls, their “vicious and malicious rumours” being propagated against her.
Victor, an attorney at law, said in a statement recently, that DLP’s rumours that she’s withdrawing as a candidate, are untrue.
“The vicious and malicious rumors being spread by the DLP about my not contesting again are just rubbish,” Victor said, adding that “they are the spiteful moaning and lamentations of a DLP beginning to feel the consequences of neglecting the Paix Bouche Constituency and taking the people of the Paix Bouche Constituency for granted for too long.”
She said her commitment to serve as the the next Parliamentary Representative of the Paix Bouche Constituency is stronger and deeper than ever before. “The desire to serve my Community which I spoke to in April when I took the decision to accept the invitation to represent my Community as the Candidate for the UWP Team Dominica, is fully matured and now burns in my heart with a passion and a love that I have never experienced in my career before.”
Pointing out that she’s in for the long haul, Victor said she appreciates the “overwhelming support” by the people and “the support and cooperation of my colleagues in Team Dominica have really pushed my candidacy ahead of the DLP.”
She called on Dominicans to condemn the DLP “mepuis” and gutter politics” which according to her, contradicts the UWP campaign strategy of bringing the important economic, social and moral issues to the people, and reiterated her promise of a clean campaign.
DNO was not able to reach outgoing Parliamentary Representative for Paix Bouche Matthew Walter for comment. However, in the past, he has been quoted as saying that Victor, whose UWP colleagues refer to as an “excellent addition to UWP Team Dominica,” will walk the path of political suicide.
“Eunica Anthony will only follow that path that her predecessors have walked and that is the path of political suicide,” Matthew said. “Because the Paix Bouche laborites are not going to relent and they are not going to lose the record that they have worked hard for so long to attain, that is ensuring that the UWP opposition members will lose their deposit at all times.”
And while questions, real or imagined, about a UWP Paix Bouche candidate seem to have been settled, the same cannot be said about the quest for the party’s candidate in Cottage.
The UWP leadership and Cottage resident Jerome Lavashire, are at loggerheads over the choice of a UWP candidate for the Cottage constituency.
Lavashire said recently, he was overwhelmingly supported as the potential candidate for Cottage at a meeting held in that constituency, but the UWP Executive Committee subsequently told him that he was not chosen to contest that seat.
Lavashire told Dominica News Online (DNO) that he is very disappointed by the party’s decision.
“There was a meeting at the council office in Cottage between myself and another individual and I was supported overwhelmingly by over 95 percent. I was the one who should be selected. I am disappointed because the people have spoken, they said they wanted me to be their candidate…,” he said.
DNO contacted Leader of the UWP, Lennox Linton, who would only say, “We are in the process of selecting a candidate for the Cottage constituency…Mr. Lavashire is not the candidate for the UWP, will not be the candidate and the process continues.”
Lavashire said he has decided to run as an independent candidate.
“Definitely the Cottage constituency will need representation and the people who supported me I can’t disappoint them, so I took the decision to run as an independent candidate,” he explained.
He said based on the support of the people of the constituency, he is confident of success at the polls.
So, why not Lavashire as the UWP candidate for Cottage? Neither Lavashire nor the party is saying.
Whoever is eventually chosen by UWP will face Reginald Austrie who has been the parliamentary representative for Cottage for the past 15 years.