On December 6, 2019 “general elections” were held in Dominica on the basis of rigged electoral lists. Notwithstanding, the initial statements by the
Elections Observers respecting the holding of free and fair elections because electors were able, on December 6, 2019 to peacefully access some of the polling stations and cast their ballots in the presence of elections officers and
polling agents, the conduct of the December 6, 2019 “general elections” was marked by many irregularities.
First, the mere fact that electors were able, on December 6, 2019, to peacefully access some of the polling stations and cast their ballots in the presence of elections officers and polling agents is not in and of itself sufficient to make
those “elections” credible. Secondly, the “elections” lacked the basic characteristics of inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, and competitiveness needed for such elections to be considered credible.
Thirdly, the “elections” were held under conditions of fear and intimidation by the security forces that were present in Dominica on the invitation of the President of Dominica, Charles A. Savarin. To this end, we note with deep concern the reports respecting the indiscriminate tear-gassing of sleeping residents of the communities of Salisbury and Marigot and the related reckless and careless shooting of innocent persons including an American citizen and a
Haitian national who is a minor.
We also note with further concern the reports respecting double voting, multiple voting, and impersonation of voters (whether alive or dead) that occurred during the holding of the December 6, 2019 “general elections. We further note with deep concern the reports respecting the illegal removal of names of numerous qualified electors from the electoral lists in several constituencies.
In addition, we are alarmed by reports respecting the open and illegal distribution of cash (by known operatives, organisers and activists of the Dominica Labour Party) to voters within the precincts of several polling stations including polling stations at Layou, Belles, Salybia, Newtown, Bath Estate and in the Roseau Valley.
We strongly condemn the refusal by the Dominica Labour Party Government to implement the smallest of changes to the outdated and loose electoral laws as well as the failure of the Electoral Commission to enforce those laws. We
also strongly condemn the involvement of the Dominica Labour Party in the illegal movement of not less than 3,000 voters into and out of Dominica foR the “elections” in what is a clear case of bribery and treating. More importantly, we strongly condemn the use of the constitutional and statutory powers of the Prime Minister, the President and the Electoral Commission for an unlawful purpose, namely unlawfully frustrating the will of the people residing in Dominica to elect a government of their choice.
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