Dominica: 45 candidates file nomination for Dec 6 elections, offering more options to voters

After the close of nominations, 45 individual candidates have offered themselves as an electorate in the snap general elections of Dominica. Whilst six constituencies are unopposed, the majority of constituencies offer voters more than two options.

Dominica: 45 candidates file nomination for Dec 6 elections, offering more options to voters
Dominica: 45 candidates file nomination for Dec 6 elections, offering more options to voters

Roseau, Dominica: After the close of nominations, 45 individual candidates have offered themselves as an electorate in the snap general elections of Dominica. Whilst six constituencies are unopposed, the majority of constituencies offer voters more than two options.

The Commonwealth of Dominica will go into polls on December 6, 2022, and choose representatives from the 45 electorates. These candidates will contest the elections and pave their path to the national parliament.

The country has never witnessed the nomination of candidates for the general elections in such massive numbers. As per the statistics, around 44 candidates filed their nominations for the 2014 polls. On the other hand, in the 2019 general elections, there were 42 candidates. This year, there are 45 candidates offering themselves up to the voters in Dominica on December 6. 

It is for the first time in over a decade that most voters from different constituencies will have the choice not just of two candidates but three candidates. The voters of Dominica will get the chance to choose their representatives from massive numbers. 

The snap general elections of December 6 will access the Dominicans to choose the best out of the 45 candidates. The spirit of voters will be enhanced after getting massive options for their representatives. It is anticipated that the numbers would also enhance the country’s voting percentage, leading to the strengthening of the constitutional rights of the citizens. 

The nomination day has shown that the snap general elections will witness the fight between Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and Team Unity Dominica (TUD). It is also anticipated that the members of the TUD could pave their path to the parliament and emerge as the main opposition in the country. 

Dominica Labour Party (DLP) witnessed a convincing victory of 18-3 in the general election of 2019. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Roosevelt, Skerrit won the elections four times. On the other hand, DLP has been ruling the country since 2000. In the last general elections, the country witnessed 54.42 voting percentage out of the 4,895 registered voters, and 54.42% turned out to cast their vote. 

Earlier, DLP has been ruling the country under the premiership of Pierre Charles. He further died in 2004 due to heart problems, and the then Education Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was sworn in as Prime Minister of Dominica. 

Since 2004, Dominica Labour Party has been winning the general elections and remaining the best choice for the people. Citizens of the country have chosen Skerrit and DLP as their perfect leaders. 

Further, the country witnessed the general elections in 2005 and secured 12 of the 21 seats. The opposition United Workers Party won eight seats, and the remaining was secured by the independent candidate. 

After coming to the 2009 elections, Dominica again emerged victorious as they won 18 out of 21 seats. The people of the country have chosen the party for the third consecutive time. 

Dominica witnessed the elections on December 8, 2014. DLP was again reelected for a fourth consecutive term in office by winning 15 of 21 seats, while the UWP won the rest five seats. 

Dominica witnessed the nomination day on November 18, 2022. After submitting his nomination, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit humbly extended gratitude to the people of Dominica for the confidence they put in him. This comes after 6 of the 21 seats up for grabs in the December 6, 2022, elections were declared victories for the Dominica Labour Party in the aftermath of nomination day after no opposition candidates were announced.

On the nomination day, various political leaders stepped out and fulfilled the election protocol. “Over the last few days, the people have spoken. The date of November 17 2022 shall go down in history in Dominica,” said Prime Minister Skerrit. “The opposition called out the entire country to come to protest on that day, and the people boycotted the opposition’s protest!”

The list of candidates is as follows:

CASTLE BRUCE CONSTITUENCY 

  • Octavia Alfred- Dominica Labour Party
  • Kelvin Cadette- Independent 

GRAND BAY CONSTITUENCY 

  • Vince Henders- Dominica Labour Party 
  • Lyndon Peters- Team Unity Dominica 
  • Henry Morris Shillingford- Independent 

LA PLAINE CONSTITUENCY 

  • Jason Fontaine -Team Unity Dominica
  • Dr. Cassandra Williams- Dominica Labour Party 

MAHAUT CONSTITUENCY 

  • Cassani C Laville- Dominica Labour Party 
  • Dunstan Peters- Independent 

MARIGOT CONSTITUENCY 

  • Anthony Samora- Independent  
  • Carlos Keith Charles- Team Unity Dominica
  •  Gregory Riviere- Dominica Labour Party 

MORNE JAUNE/RIVIERE CYRIQUE CONSTITUENCY 

  • Kertney Matthew- Independent 
  • Gretta Bernadette Roberts- Dominica Labour Party 

PORTSMOUTH CONSTITUENCY 

  • Magdalene Heather Vidal- Independent 
  • Fenella Wenham- Dominica Labour Party 

ROSEAU CENTRAL CONSTITIUENCY 

  • Jason Jno.Baptiste- Team Unity Dominica
  • Melissa Poponne-Skerrit- Dominica Labour Party
  • Karishma Richards – Independent 

ROSEAU NORTH CONSTITUENCY 

  • Miriam Alethea Blanchard- Dominica Labour Party
  • Sherman Hartford Boston- Independent
  • Tyrone Fred Nicholas- Independent 

ROSEAU SOUTH CONSTITUENCY 

  • Davidson Kenyatta Julien- Independent
  • Chekira Nikisha Sara Lockhart- Dominica Labour Party
  • Wayne Norde- Independent 

SALISBURY CONSTITUENCY 

  • Lydia Frank- Dominica Labour Party 
  • Jesma Paul- Independent 

SALYBIA CONSTITUENCY 

  • Vincia Massala Casey- Independent 
  • Cozier Pius Frederick- Dominica Labour Party
  • Muta Justine Laville Matthew- Independent 

ST. JOSEPH CONSTITUENCY 

  • Tiyani I Behanzin- Independent 
  • Ferdinand Marcus Germain- Independent  
  • Darron Tevin Lloyd- Dominica Labour Party
  • Irving Pascal- Independent 
  • Clivian Ian Rolle- Team Unity Dominica

SOUFRIERE CONSTITUENCY 

  • Tahira Blanchard- Independent 
  • Denise Charles- Dominica Labour Party 

WESLEY CONSTITUENCY 

  • Fidel N Grant- Dominica Labour Party 
  • Clint Rolle- Independent

Candidates who were duly elected are as follows: 

  • COLIHAUT CONSTITUENCY

Darren Pinard nominated from Dominica Labour Party

  • COTTAGE CONSTITUENCY

Roland Royer nominated from Dominica Labour Party 

  • PAIX BOUCHE CONSTITUENCY

Lakeyia Lennicia Jamelle Joseph from Dominica Labour Party

  •  PETITE SAVANNE CONSTITUENCY 

Julian B.G Defoe from Dominica Labour Party 

  • ROSEAU VALLEY CONSTITUENCY 

Irving Francis McIntyre from Dominica Labour Party 

  • VIEILLE CASE CONSTITUENCY 

Roosevelt Skerrit from Dominica Labour Party