Scorching button concerns get debated at Marigot public electoral reform consultations


Gregory Riviere

Former Minister of State in the Ministry of Blue and Inexperienced Financial system, Agriculture and Nationwide Foods Protection, Gregory Riviere, has admitted that the voters list is bloated and wants to be cleansed. Nevertheless, he thinks it can be cleansed exterior of electoral reform.

He built the disclosure during a series of public consultations on electoral reform held in Marigot this 7 days.

“I believe that we have to do anything with the voters record. I believe the voters listing is bloated, but we can deal with the voters list outdoors of electoral reform,” he reported. “There are methods in position we can adhere to to deal with the voters listing.”

Riviere ongoing, “We have entities that are supposed to be executing their task.”

He called for the present legislation to be enforced.

“We do not have to be expending all these evenings, consultations on consultations to get a dead person off a checklist,” he stressed. “We really don’t have to be investing all that money.”

Moreover, he pointed out that he does not feel the structure of Dominica should be tampered with.

“This has served us properly and I consider it should really continue on as it is,” Riviere mentioned.

Riviere went on to state that he is not in guidance of two phrases to provide as Primary Minister.

“Take for instance, I have been hearing a whole lot about two conditions for Key Minister. So that is what you want in Dominica?” he asked. “If the people want you, they will vote for you. If the people do not want you, they will dump you. That is democracy.”

He is also not in favour of the boost of increasing the electoral commission.

“What are we likely to achieve by growing the electoral commission? The structure provides us two from the government, two from the opposition and the President establishes who will be the chair. That is okay. All we need to have to do is get the electoral fee to operate and as very long as the electoral commission functions we never have a trouble,” he stated.

Setting up Contractor Stewart Paris asserted that there is a need to have for a voter ID Card through common elections in Dominica.

“While I stand corrected I can not think of 1 jurisdiction in the Caribbean region or subregion that does not have a voter ID Card to assist in the safeguard of this electoral reform procedure,” he mentioned. “In fact, I feel and I stand corrected again that Mr. Dennis Byron wants to have a voter ID Card on election working day in his jurisdiction to forged his vote.”

Paris ongoing, “Someone requires to enlighten me on what it is that is so unique about Dominica that it ought to be the only a single in this worldwide jurisdiction in the Caribbean region that ought to not have a voter ID Card as a safeguard against fraudulent elections, fraudulent voting, and election rigging.”

In the meantime, Parliamentary Agent of the Marigot Constituency, Anthony Charles has called for a fastened day for basic elections.

“You see this factor about, I truly feel to phone it and total expression people managing strategies I don’t like that,” he argued. “Set a day.”

Charles even more argued that the constitution is weak.

“Back in the day, people applied to move on principle…People really don’t have no theory no more…sometimes I don’t even have principle,” he said. “I can not even rely on myself to preserve a date…”

He included, “We want a set day mainly because we are not able to consider people’s phrase.”

Charles believes that the structure has also lots of loopholes.

“What is improper with location a date?” he asked.



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