Monday 18 November, 2019

Dominicans will go to the polls on December 6 for General Elections

Headquarters of the ruling Labour Party in Roseau, Dominica. The island will go to the polls on Dec 6

Headquarters of the ruling Labour Party in Roseau, Dominica. The island will go to the polls on Dec 6

Dominicans will go to the polls on December 6.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement at a Labour Party Got Talent event on Tuesday night. 

"I have advised the President of Dominica to dissolve the Parliament of Dominica November 6, 2019 in accordance with the powers vested in me by the constitution of Dominica I have advised that a writ be issued for election day," he said, announcing that nomination day will be on November 19.

"The date on which Dominicans shall go to the polls and choose between transformation and change they could see versus talk and inexperience, between experience and experimenting, between safety and uncertainty, is Friday, December 6, 2019," he said to loud cheers.

Skerrit appealed for peace and maturity in the conduct of the elections. 

His Labour Party will be seeking another mandate to govern Dominica against the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) headed by Opposition Leader Lennox Linton.

The party won six of the 21 seats in the last general election in 2014.

Earlier in his speech, Roosevelt said due to the divisive nature of elections, he felt campaigning should not be carried out into the new year.

"Dominica must mark the start of the third decade of the 21st century with a clear decision about who will lead the country into its future," he said, stating that the island can succeed in becoming the first climate-resilient country in the world and the top tourism destination in the region.

Boasting about the revitalisation of the country under a Labour Government, Skeritt said the Nature Isle must start the new year as a focused and united country committed to carving out a place in history, intent on making a mark on the world and determined to create a niche in a fiercely competitive global environment.

 

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