The United workers party which has been campaigning and protesting for months that there would not be any general elections without the issuance of voter ID cards and a cleansing of the voters list, has had a change of heart.
The party had been declaring that civil unrest would erupt if elections were sought without the recommended changes.
UWP leader and candidate for the Marigot seat, Lennox Linton, announced to his supporters on Thursday evening that their protests against elections had meant that they would not contest the sitting government.
Last month, the party called for the resignation of the Electoral Commission’s Chairman and petitioned his Excellency the President of Dominica, Charles Savarin to compel the Commission to execute those changes.
Linton now says the elections can go ahead without the electoral reform originally demanded.
“If we say ‘no elections without election reform’ and he doesn’t give us the election reform and we do not contest in the general elections, then the dictator has his dictatorship on a platter and we are not going down that road with him,” he stated.
The Opposition leader continued, “He is going to leave office, but in the time available to us we will continue to insist that the reforms be put in place but we will be contesting the elections, make no bones about that.”
He went further to say that this election will be the last one without the reforms they demand.