Voters In Dominica Go To The Polls Today

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News Americas, ROSEAU,
DOMINICA, Fri. Dec. 6, 2019:
Voters in the
Commonwealth of Dominica will go to the polls today, Dec. 6th, to
elect a new government amid protests in the country over a failure to implement
electoral reform and reports of corruption that reached a tipping point
following an Al Jazeera investigative report.

Protests
took a reported deadly turn Thursday as Reports Dominica News Online (DNO)
reports claimed that two people were shot in Salisbury as police bore down on
the village in an attempt to quell protest action by some of the residents.

And on DNO
reports also said the Canfield highway in Dominica was blocked as protesters
continue to express their dissatisfaction over the non-implementation of
electoral reform ahead of a general election in Dominica.

Incumbent
Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), who has
been accused in the Al Jazeera documentary of selling ambassadorships, has
condemned the protests and blamed the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) for
encouraging them.

He also
insisted that the general election will go ahead as planned.

Meanwhile,
Leader of the opposition, Lennox Linton, has accused the President of Dominica,
Charles Savarin, of not acting in the best interest of the country.

Linton, on a
live interview on Q-95 Radio on Wednesday, said Dominica belongs to the people.

“The
President is not acting in the best interest of the country,” Linton said.

“This
country does not belong to Roosevelt Skerrit. Where else in the world does this
happen?” Linton asked.

In an
address to the nation on Tuesday, President Savarin condemned the recent acts
of violence on the island. This comes as former Prime Minister, Edison James,
has said that it is clear that more people of rational thinking can conclude
that these elections are not going to be free and fair.

The US
Embassy for Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, says it is closely
monitoring the recent demonstrations in Dominica, and urged the Government of
Dominica to allow peaceful protesters to exercise their rights as provided by
the Dominica Constitution and laws.

“As Dominica
prepares for national elections on December 6th, we encourage respect for the
rule of law and the conduct of a transparent democratic process,” a recent
statement said.

The US has
been warning Americans since Nov. 21st to exercise increased caution
if travelling to Dominica even as the results of a poll conducted in twelve
(12) electoral constituencies in Dominica by The Caribbean Agency for Political
Advancement (CAPA) show the United Workers Party (UWP) leading in eleven of
those constituencies but the poll found that respondents generally believe that
elections results will favour the DLP.

But
yesterday, Linton encouraged supporters of the UWP to turn out in massive
numbers to cast their votes.

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