UWP Leader Looking to Amend Dominica’s Electoral Reform
Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton says it intends to challenge vigorously proposed amendments to Dominica’s electoral reform being proposed will not facilitate a clean-up of the electoral list.
He says the party will hold a town hall meeting in Mahaut on Thursday 3, March 2016, as a start of efforts to show disapproval over the amendments.
“They also want to clean the list by giving everybody who is now on the list a chance to stay on the list from wherever they are regardless of whether they have lived out of Dominica for more than 5years and regardless of whether or not they meet the residency criteria currently existing in law; if we don’t stand up before the next election and determine how our elections are going to be conducted so that we can have free and fair elections in Dominica. This is why we are going forward boldly, positively, with education on these proposed amendments side by side with what we believe ought to happen instead. Electoral reform is not rocket science.
According to Linton, “In our context in Dominica, it’s about an accurate list of electors and about ID cards for voting fundamentally. In order to get the list clean there needs to be a re-registration period. So that town hall meeting we’re [gonna] have in Mahaut on the 3rd is going to be a very important engagement for all of Dominica. This is a message that we’re going to be taking oversees as well.”