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Electoral Reform Group Calls for Implementation of Joint Mission Recommendations

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An Electoral Reform Group here has called on the Electoral Commission to implement the recommendations of a joint mission on electoral reform.

Among other recommendations, the Organization of American States, the Commonwealth Secretariat and CARICOM have suggested a house-to – house verification exercise, which government says is unworkable and potentially costly.

However, Anthony Leblanc of the Electoral Reform Group wants Government to implement the recommendations before the elections, constitutionally due by May 2020.

In an address, Leblanc called on the Electoral Commission to “move urgently” in implementing recommendations of the joint commission, and also called on Government to provide resources for the Commission to do so. Those were among other demands.

Government Advisor Senior Council Anthony Astaphan has, however, dismissed the group’s stance as a fraud designed to create disturbance ahead of the general elections.

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An agreement to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment ahead of construction of the International Airport.

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Government has reached an agreement to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment ahead of construction of the International Airport.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit spoke to the media on Monday during a site visit to Joe Burton where construction has begun on 37 homes for relocation of displaced Wesley residents.

Mr. Skerrit said Government is seeking to use the services of local experts.

Meantime Prime Minister Skerrit said an agreement could be finalized soon for the construction of the international airport.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

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Ainsworth Irish plans to push for better relations between Police and Citizens

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New Consultant for Dominica’s Community Policing Programme Ainsworth Irish plans to push for better relations between police and citizens within his new post.

Irish is a former Superintendent of Police, and is President of a center for disabled children, as well as a member of the Dominica Council on ageing.

He said he has experience in the field, and stressed positive police/citizen relations for crime reduction.

Irish says he will also push for greater communication between communities and Police Officers and plans to revive Neighborhood Watches.

Ainsworth Irish, Consultant for the Community Policing Programme

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