Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, has said that his party is ready to contest the by-election carded for June 7th, 2016, in the Soufriere Constituency.
Linton made that statement during a live interview on Q-95 Hot Seat Programme on Tuesday following the announcement by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday, regarding the set date for the by-election.
A by-election in that constituency became necessary following the resignation on Tuesday, 26th April, 2016, of Ian Pinard as the Parliamentary Representative for that constituency. Pinard vacated his seat because of what he said were allegations made against him.
“We are ready and as the days go by we will get even more ready,” Linton said.
According to him, Higgs Adams who contested that seat during the 2014 general election, will be the party’s candidate for the upcoming by-election.
“…We step forward to contest this by-election with our candidate Higgs Adams, a man of honour, a trust worthy man who will do an excellent job of representing the constituency in the Parliament,” he stated.
Meantime Linton argued that for the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP), this upcoming by-election will not be about creating a better Dominica or improving the life for the people of Gallion, Pointe Michel and Scottshead.
He accused the DLP government of buying votes.
“It will be about distracting attention from the 16 years of failure in government, it will be about deceiving the people and corruptly using the people’s money to buy their votes, to pay them for their votes,” Linton remarked.
The UWP leader continued, “All of a sudden LPO’s are going left, right and centre, all of a sudden village councils are receiving significant sums of money to be ditched out to people”. This, he said is, “open, blatant vote buying and we have to be aware of this evil that’s in our midst.”
Linton contends that the buying and selling of votes is modern day slavery.
“We are asking the people of Dominica to free themselves, free their minds and to end this evil against Dominica and end it now,” he said.
The DLP has not announced their candidate for the by-election. However, there have been reports that Denise Charles, the 2014 campaign manager for Ian Pinard, has been tipped to replace the former MP.