Dominica general elections date announced
Dominicans will go to the polls to elect a new government on December
In a national broadcast Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said he had asked President Charles Savarin to dissolve Parliament and that Nomination Day is scheduled for November 19.
Prime Minister Skerrit appealed to voters to ensure that his Dominica Labour Party is returned to power to continue the socio-economic development of the island.
The party will face a challenge from the main opposition United Workers Party, which is going into a general election with a new leader, Lennox Linton.
“The success of our social and economic development strategy will depend on the messages we send to the world, and particularly to our development partners,” Skerrit said in his address. “Do we wish to continue on a progressive trajectory, or will we, by our actions, trigger a reversal of the strides we made over the past 14 years? Shall we maintain strong diplomatic and other relations with those who have befriended us, or shall we go off on a fishing expedition … in regards to foreign policy and international relations? Shall we continue to maintain responsibility for our pathways to progress, or shall we ascribe such to Europeans, interested only in the sale of Dominican passports?”
He said these are crucial questions “that need to be asked and answered in the coming weeks, as we elect the group of citizens best suited to administer the affairs of state.”
(Dominica News Online)
Leader of the DLP Roosevelt Skerrit and leader of the main opposition UWP Lennox Linton will square off at the polls next month.