UWP mounts protest outside Electoral Commission

first_imgLocalNews UWP mounts protest outside Electoral Commission by: Dominica Vibes News – December 12, 2014 Tweet Sharing is caring! 778 Views   6 comments Sharecenter_img Share Share Hundreds of United Workers Party (UWP) supporters gathered outside the Electoral Commission on Friday, 12 December 2014 in protest action against what they claim was an unfair election especially in the Grand Fond Constituency.Ivor Stephenson of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) was declared the winner of the Grand Fond/Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique seat on Wednesday 10 December following a recount of the votes on Tuesday.Mr Stephenson amassed six hundred and twenty-two (622) while Dr Thomson Fontaine of the United Workers Party (UWP) obtained six hundred and seventeen (617).UWP’s political leader Lennox Linton told reporters outside the Electoral Commission the party was “tricked” since they were told to be at the Commission at 2:30PM but no one is at the office. “They heard that we were coming, they made arrangements for only three of us and then they said two, to get beyond all this barricading into the building to speak with the officers”.Mr Linton said neither the chief elections officer Stephen LaRocque nor the chairman of the commission Gerald Burton were at the Commission for the meeting.“We have told the officers inside there we are waiting here,” he said. Several of the supporters outside the Commission had bullhorns shouting, “Enough is enough and I am ready to die for my country.” While other protesters blasted Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his office refereeing to him as “a criminal”.Dr Fontaine, who was part of the protest, told the media the government is protecting the electoral officers who stole his ballots. “These are the individuals that this Electoral Office is protecting and that’s why we are here; we need answers from the Electoral Office.”“We have taken this thing to the court, we believe the court will rule in our favor eventually but for the time, we believe we have to take action against these two officers,” Dr Fontaine stated.He also urged the protesters to stand for their rights and “do not be moved or be afraid of the police”.– / 33last_img

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