UWP members walk out of Parliament

first_img Share Share Tweet LocalNews UWP members walk out of Parliament by: – October 25, 2011 288 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Hon Ronald Green and Ezekiel Bazil walking out of ParliamentThe Opposition United Workers Party led by their leader Mr Ronald Green has walked out of Parliament minutes after Mr Daniel Lugay was sworn in as senator when the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament commenced at the House of Assembly this morning.The members namely; Hector John, Ronald Green, Edison James, Norris Prevost, Ezekiel Bazil, Ronald Isidore and Daniel Lugay walked out of Parliament claiming that they will continue to do so until the government heeds their call for electoral reform.The United Workers Party has been boycotting Parliament since the 2009 general elections as they claim it was fraudulent and illegal. They also filed several election petitions challenging the elections but have since withdrawn most of them. In their petitions the UWP alleges the DLP’s win of 18 out of 21 constituencies was accomplished by bribery and unfairness.Those constituencies were the St Joseph constituency involving UWP’s John Abraham and DLP’s Kelver Darroux; the Roseau South seat involving UWP’s Bobby Frederick and DLP’s Ambrose George; the Salybia constituency involving UWP’s Claudius Sanford and DLP’s Ashton Graneau. The seat of Parliamentary Representative of the Vieille Case constituency Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was also challenged by UWP’s Maynard Joseph and as well as the seat of the UWP’s leader Ronald Green challenging DLP’s Petter St. Jean. Three of the petitions were struck off while the latter two were maintained. Hon. Hector John in conversation with Senator Ronald Isidore outside the Parliament building on Tuesday.However High Court Judge Gertel Thom ruled that a trial should be held to determine whether Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint Jean possessed dual citizenship on Nomination Day of the last general election in 2009 and therefore were not duly elected.Court was adjourned sine die, meaning without a date on October 3rd, 2011 after both sides presented their arguments and witnesses to the Court however Justice Thom reserved her judgment and promised that her decision would be rendered before 31st December, 2011.Most members of the party refused to comment to reporters after they walked out of Parliament claiming that they would discuss their concerns at a press conference on Wednesday.Newly sworn in senator Daniel Lugay explained an incident in which his brother who had resided out of Dominica for several years was bribed to vote for the Dominica Labour Party.“Here it is that I shared in the Parliament that my brother in 2009 came in to vote illegally. He called me ahead of the elections and he said to me “Danny I want to come down to campaign for you” so I told him on a matter of principle; you have been out of Dominica for more than ten years living in the states on a matter of principle, “Peter no, I would really like your help” as a matter of fact he introduced me to politics, he was a member of the Young Freedom Movement”.Senator Daniel Lugay speaking to reporters outside of Parliament“On the day of elections I saw him in Dominica, I said “Peter what are you doing in Dominica?” He said, “Boy”, I asked “how did you vote?” he said almost drunk, “Boy I vote my conscience.” Flown into Dominica a veteran politician; Julius Timothy, why does Julius Timothy need to bring in people he going up against a rookie and I meet other people in Antigua who came in. So I am saying that Peter came in illegally and vote, my very own brother. On Saturday I spoke with him he almost cried he told me his wife gave him so much pressure, when he called his best friend to explain to him what he had done to his brother, his best friend told him he would have invited him home and he would poison him. I would never do that to my brother; I made up with my brother, I ate with him on Saturday.”Mr Lugay alleges that the entire 2009 election was fraudulent and that they will continue to protest until the issue of electoral reform is addressed.“What I am saying is that the whole election was fraudulent; there was no doubt that I would have had a better chance, I lost by 117 votes because of that illegal act of bribery and bringing in voters. I suffered tremendously there were folks I met in Antigua who gave me their names I have them in my wallet at home who came in to vote by the Labour Party. We’re saying until we can get this issue sorted out of electoral reform our protest will continue,” he said.He concluded that the protests will take various forms as the leadership decides.Meantime President of the United Workers Party Mr Edison James informed reporters of a press conference at the party office on Wednesday at which time he promised to “give you all the information you want, you will be able to ask us any question you want”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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