President of the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches (DAEC), Pastor Randy Rodney is encouraging the public to enact just laws to ensure stability and peace during the electoral reform process. He made the announcement during the ongoing consultation on electoral reform for Dominica held at the State House Conference Center on Monday night.
“The Church encourages all to enact just laws and to follow the law of the land to ensure continued stability and peace,” he said. “The DAEC encourages all parties to approach this important subject matter with soberness of mind, not with some of the rancor that we have heard, preserving it with soberness of mind and purity of heart to ensure that all our decisions are well-informed.”
The DAEC also encourages the media, especially those on social platforms to be responsible in their discussions and civil to each other on the matter of electoral reform.
“In short, we have to stop fighting, it doesn’t make us look good,” Pastor Rodney remarked. “We have to stop fighting on issues that we shouldn’t fight about,” he urged. “Let’s for one time, let’s use this occasion for once, to have a civil conversation about something that will affect all of us.”
Pastor Rodney said, “Let’s do this so we all feel that we have worked justly towards the good of the lovely Commonwealth of Dominica.”
Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Thomas Letang said the voters list needs to be cleansed.
“The cleansing of the voters list I believe is very important and we do not have to wait for the implementation of Sir Byron’s recommendation,” he said.
In fact, Letang pointed out that there are some responsibilities that the electoral commission has and one is to look at the cleansing of the voters list and he believes that should take priority. He said the DPSU proposes a fixed date for holding elections and wishes to brush aside the argument that this should not be so, because it requires a constitutional change.
“Nothing wrong in a constitutional change, once it is to the benefit of all citizens,” Letang stated.
Just last week during the start of the series of consultations presented, Attorney-at-Law Gildon Richards also said that elections in Dominica should be held at a fixed date and month every five years.
Letang went on to state that campaign spending needs to be legislated.
“We believe this is very important,” he said.
He continued, “We also believe that a broad base committee, if not the electoral commission, should be appointed to educate the population on that.”