United Workers Party leader, Lennox Linton, is asking Dominicans, Grand Fond electors in particular, to join him in a visit to the Electoral Commission this afternoon “to seek answers” with regard to the results of the December 8 general election.
“There are a number of questions that the electoral commission must answer now about the conduct of the election in the Grand Fond, Morne Jaune, Riviere Cyrique Constituency and why are things the way they are right now,” Linton stated on privately owned Q95 FM Thursday night.
“And so sometime in the afternoon I am going to be paying a visit to the Electoral Commission because I want answers to these questions that I am asking, and I am asking the people of Dominica especially the people from Grand Fond who are incensed about this, who are like me want answers. I am asking them to join me at the Electoral Commission office at 2.30 pm.” he said.
The UWP’s leader is also calling on members of the Electoral Commission to “make yourselves available to talk to us the people of Dominica who have some serious concerns about how this election was conducted,” more particularly in the Grand Fond, Morne Jaune and Riviere Cyrique constituency.
He said answers are needed since all the officers around the island who work in various areas in the Election Process received the same training, and they cannot be doing the job of anything else besides what they are supposed to do.
“For example if you are a Returning Officer or an Election Clerk you cannot act as either a Presiding Officer or a Poll Clerk,” he pointed out.
This week the Electoral Commission confirmed that Ivor Stephenson of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) beat his rival Thompson Fontaine of the United Workers Party (UWP) by 8 votes in the just concluded general election. According to the final count Stephenson got 622 votes while Fontaine received 614.
The matter has generated much controversy after lawyers for Fontaine questioned decisions to reject ballots cast for him which were deemed “legitimate” but were rejected by the returning and assistant returning officer, and from the look of things, the matter could head for the court.
Meantime, the Linton says his party intends to turn up the heat on the ruling DLP for the implementation of electoral reform.
“We want it there and no more excuses,” Linton said. “You cannot tell me it will happen next year or the year after, we want free and fair elections now; we want a plan on the table when you go to parliament for the first time, to say this is the time frame in which we have agreed with the Electoral Commission that all the systems will be in place for us to have a clean list, for us to have id cards for voting for us to have all the legislative amendments that is necessary for us to have re-registration of voters, whatever we need.”
He said the people are the ones who will be monitoring the process and “If a week passes and something is supposed to be done is not done we will be on the streets to remind the authorities what was supposed to happen,” a tough talking Linton pointed out.
“This has come to the point where we have to take it in hand; we the people must decide what we want, what we want our government to be doing and facilitating and hold their feet to the fire until it happens. Because that’s our role,” he said.
The DLP won 15 seats and the UWP 6 in the December 8th general election.