Dominica’s Deputy Prime Minister says the actions by opposition parties of February 2017 is the main reason behind the delay of electoral reform for Dominica.
The Opposition parties here staged demonstrations in February 2017 which later incited young people to block roads, set street fires and set ablaze businesses, and protested against government calling for electoral reform and the resignation of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
Recently, a group referred to as patriotic citizens comprising key members of some trade unions and opposition parties here held a meeting again seeking electoral reform in Dominica
Mr. Austrie says the actions by the opposition parties and others like the PSU general secretary is one of the hindrances why parliament is unable to pass legislation towards electoral reform
The Deputy Prime Minister says everything is in place to facilitate electoral reform for Dominica, however the Opposition including the PSU general sectary must say to Dominicans that the next time parliament attempts to pass the legislation in the House of parliament that they (the Opposition) will not block roads, set fires and obstruct justice.
Meanwhile Austrie says the opposition is not being reasonable to be asking for electoral reform at this time when there are many persons still without a roof over their heads and while government is making every effort to have these persons receive help before the next hurricane season.