No motorcades during Dominica election campaign

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Police Commissioner Daniel Carbon Tuesday announced a complete ban on motorcades “on any day” as the campaign intensifies for the December 6 general election here.

Carbon said that he made the decision after holding talks with representatives of the ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) that also included the hierarchy of the Dominica Police Force (DPF).

He said he had summoned the meeting to discuss the applications he had received from both parties to have their motorcades on Sunday December 1, 2019.

“After having discussions with them I have taken a decision not to grant permission to any of the parties to have their island wide motorcade on Sunday…or any day as a matter of fact”.

The Police Commissioner said he has not given permission “for any of the parties to have any motorcade on any day,” noting “I have concerns over the security of  the state, the general election campaign is highly politically charged.

“I have to take the safety of motorists, road users, pedestrians into consideration,” he said, noting also that Dominica is expecting the visit of two cruise ships on Sunday and one of them “is a mega ship”.

He said both parties agreed as a result not to have a motorcade on Sunday, Carbon said, adding that he was informing the general public “that they should be guided accordingly  and that I have not given permission  to any of the parties to have any motorcade, not on Sunday, not on any day”.

There have been several acts of violence during the campaign and last week Monday, police used teargas to disperse opposition supporters who were seeking to hold a meeting with President Charles Savarin on electoral reform.

While Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit blamed the UWP for the incident, UWP leader laid the blame on the police.

The DLP and the UWP are the only parties contesting the elections. In 2014, the DLP won 15 of the 21 seats in the parliament with the UWP winning the remainder.

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