Electoral Reform Consultations provide platform for Dominicans to share views: PM Roosevelt Skerrit

Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit says that the electoral reform consultations have provided a platform for ordinary Dominican citizens to share their views

Electoral Reform Consultations provide platform for Dominicans to share views: PM Roosevelt Skerrit
Electoral Reform Consultations provide platform for Dominicans to share views: PM Roosevelt Skerrit

Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit says that the electoral reform consultations have provided a platform for ordinary Dominican citizens to share their views. 

In a press conference on Wednesday, PM Skerrit said that the “opinion of the people” will allow the Government of Dominica to present appropriate legislation in the parliament of Dominica. 

He said, “This, I think, enhances the process and ensures that at the end of the exercise, we will have a full picture of the opinions of the people, allowing us to bring appropriate legislation to parliament that truly captures the desires of the voting population.”

While expressing pleasure, PM Skerrit asserted that he is pleased that the Government has created the opportunity for such a wide cross-section of the Dominican populace to express their views on the Sir Denis Byron report. 

“I think it is important to note that the consultations have provided a platform for ordinary Dominican citizens to share their views on this matter of updating and modernizing our electoral processes,”said the prime minister. 

PM Roosevelt Skerrit said that they have heard from the same political voices on both sides, over many years. He believes the consultations have given them a broader impression of the views of the Dominican people. 

And in response to some comments which he have heard from certain speakers at the consultations, he reiterated it once again, “I want electoral reform.”

The Government of Dominica is committed to electoral reform and instituting the laws, which will continue to facilitate a free and fair process. 

PM Skerrit mentioned,”I think we have demonstrated this commitment in no uncertain terms with the engagement of Sir Denis Byron to thoroughly review our voting systems and with these ongoing consultations to review his recommendations.” 

The consultations wind up tomorrow evening with a second session for Dominicans living in the diaspora, and PM Roosevelt Skerrit invited all of the people who have not yet done so to access the Zoom link to make their contributions. 

This evening, the team moves to Salybia in the Kalinago Territory.

While extending gratitude, PM Skerrit said, “I look forward to the completion of this process and the tabling of the relevant legislation in the parliament for approval. Let me take this opportunity to thank all those who have facilitated the process…, and more importantly, all of you who have participated.