UWP Petitions Trial Begins at the High Court
The trial regarding the non-qualification of Prime Minister Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit and Honorable Petter Saint Jean, who contested the 2009 general elections, began on March 31st, 2011, at the High Court, at the Baracoon Building in Roseau.
The election petitions were filed in the high court by the United Workers Party candidates, following the December 18th general elections in 2009.
During the trial, counsel representing the DLP candidate, Mr Anthony Astaphan said that such a trial is not necessary, since they followed the rules and regulations under the constitution.
According to him, both clients renounced their dual citizenship prior to the 2009 general elections.
On the contrary, the United Workers Party say they are confident that there is sufficient evidence to show that Mr. Skerrit is not qualified to be a member of the parliament nor is he eligible to be prime minister of the country.
The UWP argued that, it is obvious, therefore that Mr. Skerrit deliberately mislead the citizens of Dominica in his public statement on 2nd December 2009, saying that ‘no law, including the constitution of the commonwealth of Dominica,’ would prevent him from being nominated.
Other matters challenged during the early stages of the trial included bribery and access to DBS Radio Station, during the 2009 election campaign.