Opposition In Dominica Files Challenge To December 6 Election Results

Dominica UWP Leader, Lennox Linton

ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Lawyers representing the main opposition United Workers Party have filed petitions challenging the results in 10 constituencies that were won by the ruling Dominica Labour Party in the December 6 general election.

The party was trounced 18-3 at the polls, which regional and international observer teams had said reflected the will of the Dominican voter.

According to the petitions, the party is contesting the results in the Roseau South, Roseau Valley, Roseau Central, Mahaut, St Josep, Kalinago Territory, Morne Juane, La Plaine, Castle Bruce and the Wesley constituencies.

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Earlier this month, party leader Lennox Linton, one of three members to win seats in the election, told a thank you rally that “one of the plans on which we are moving forward is a court challenge and we are in the process now of assembling the evidence with our legal team, but our struggle, our protest action for rights in Dominica must continue.

“The protest is very simple, electoral reform and fresh elections,” he said, insisting that the three seats won by the party in the elections were done free and fair and within the constitutional laws of the island.

Linton said the three elected party candidates would take their seats in the 21-member Parliament when it convenes following the general election.