Opposition speaks out against two proposed amendment bills

first_img Share Tweet Share Share The Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is adamant about not letting the proposed amendments to the House of Assembly Elections Act and the Registration of Electors Act go through second and third readings during the current sitting of Parliament which commenced on Tuesday 23 May 2017. Protesters gathered outside the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) and the ACS 7/11 Supermarket in the vicinity of the Parliament Building on High Street and Opposition Leader Lennox Linton after walking into the crowd addressed them. “We went into the Parliament this morning for the purpose of bringing to the attention of the government the necessity of which the Bills which they have amend the House of Assembly Elections Act and to amend the Registration of Electors Act, that’s all we’ve been talking about for the past couple weeks,” Mr Linton told the protesters.Mr. Linton, members of his party as well as some members of the public have voiced concern with the amendments. House of Assembly Act (Elections Amendment) according to the Order Paper says the Act is amended by inserting the following new sections 57A, 57B and 57C immediately after section 57. Section 57B is the part of the proposed amendment that has been met with opposition, it states as follows “For the avoidance of doubt, the transportation of electors or the facilitation of the transportation of electors to or within Dominica for the purposes of an election does not constitute an offence unless the transportation is provided or facilitated with the intention or corruptly induce an elector to vote for a particular candidate for whom or party for which the elector would not otherwise vote”.Mr. Linton told his supporters, who congregated outside the Parliament building, that these amendments “will legitimize bribery and treating and stealing of elections in Dominica.”He added that, “After numerous attempts I was able to put the motion to the house, the motion has been denied because in a very perverse application of the rules the Speaker has determined that only somebody who puts a Bill before the House can remove the Bill…We see no authority in the rules for that ruling.”Linton told protestors that for the moment the motion to remove the proposed amendments to the House of Assembly Elections Act and the Registration of Electors Act has been unsuccessful. Mr Linton continued, “We are in the Parliament on your behalf and here you are outside the Parliament compound being pushed aside by the police officers who we’re told are doing their jobs…so the police are doing their jobs. What’s your job because somebody has to take the job of holding this government to account for the foolishness it is doing…You need to let your voice be heard to oppose the amendments before the House”.However Attorney General Levi Peter sought to bring clarification to the proposed amendments before Parliament last week during a town hall meeting in Goodwill. He said these allegations claiming that the prime minister and government are seeking to legitimize or legalize bribery and treating are untrue. Section 55 and Section 56 of the House of Assembly Elections Act which is found at Chapter 201 of the Laws of Dominica deal with the offenses of bribery and treating respectively.These two sections he said “sets out in quite convoluted terms what is bribery”. Section 55(1) reads “The following persons shall be deemed guilty of bribery within the meaning of this Act. (a) every person who directly or indirectly by himself or by any other person on his behalf gives, lends or agrees to give or lend or offers promises or promises to procure or to endeavor to procure any money or valuable consideration to or for any elector or to or for any person on behalf of any elector or to or for any other person in order to induce any elector to vote or refrain from voting or corruptly does any such act as mentioned above on account of any elector having voted or refrained from voting at any election.”Peter said the government has taken the decision and steps to amend legislation to bring a level of clarity to Section 55 (1) and so “Section 57 (A) of the amendment to the Act proposed sets out in clear terms certain activities or actions that will not be and cannot be bribery”.center_img Sharing is caring! 786 Views   9 comments LocalNews Opposition speaks out against two proposed amendment bills by: Dominica Vibes News – May 23, 2017last_img read more

NOC secure South Essequibo Invitational T20 title

first_imgNEW Opportunity Corps (NOC) secured an emphatic 91-run win against Reliance Hustlers to claim the South Essequibo Invitational T20 title.Playing in front of a fair-size crowd last Sunday at the Imam Bacchus ground in Affiance, NOC won the toss and batted.Solid partnerships by several of the batsmen who got starts contributed to the innings’ total of 159-7 from the allotted 20 overs – Orlando Jailall eventually top-scored with 37 (4×4) while David Williams gathered 30 (3×4) and 22 each from Romario Mahabir and former national Under-19 player, Tevin Imlach.Off-Spinner Ramesh Narine claimed 2-24 from 4 overs to be his side’s best bowler. In reply, Reliance Hustlers never showed any resistance and eventually perished for 68 in the 17th over for a heavy defeat.Only Ramesh Narine with 24 and Trevis Simon’s 15 delayed the inevitable. Left-arm leg-spinner Akenie Adams bowled superbly and was awarded with excellent figures of 4-19 from his 4 overs to demolish the opposition.During the presentation ceremony, the NOC received the winners’ trophy and $70 000 while Reliance had to settle for $30 000 and a trophy as well. Akenie Adams claimed both the man-of-the-match and the bowler taking the most wickets in the finals prizes.The best batsman prize went to Orlando Jailall as both players received trophies for their accomplishments. The monetary prizes were donated by the South Essequibo Cricket Committee while Imam Bacchus and Sons Limited donated trophies to the outstanding performers.Officials, including organiser Ramnarine Ragoobar, were on hand to deliver brief remarks and make presentations to the teams. The tournament will now become an annual feature according to the official as he expressed thanks to the 32 teams who played in the competition spanning teams from the Essequibo Coast.Meanwhile, the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB) has released the fixtures for the commencement of the Inter-Committee Under-19 T20 knock-out tournament which will begin this Saturday, at the various venues and continue the next day Sunday.  Leguan will play East Bank at the Number 1 ground from 09:30hrs in match 1 while Wakenaam will come up against South Essequibo in match 2 at the Reliance ground from 09:30hrs as well. In match 3 a President’s X1, featuring players from Bartica and Pomeroon Cricket Committee will battle against Central Essequibo at the Imam Bacchus ground from 09:30hrs.North Essequibo drew the bye to the next round. During the same day from 13.00hrs in match 4, North Essequibo will play the winner of match 1 at the Number 1 ground while in match 5, the winner of match 2 will play the winner of match 3 at the Imam Bacchus ground.The final will then be contested on Sunday,  between the winner of match 4 and 5 at the Imam Bacchus ground from 10:00hrsThe ECB in a release is appealing to the public to witness the future stars of the game to provide their unequivocal support. Entrance to the matches is free. The winners will be provided with trophies, compliments of the ECB. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more