The Electoral Office in Dominica on Saturday has declared the returns of the November 18th, Nomination Day.
The Dominica Labour Party(DLP) nominees in 6 of the 21 constituencies have been duly elected as they were the only candidates seeking election in the constituencies of Colihaut, Cottage, Paix Bouche, Petite Savanne, Rosalie and Vielle Case. Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, who has been nominated for the 6th consecutive time, has held the Vielle Case seat since 2000.
Consequently, Prime Minister Skerrit since he assumed office in 2004, has led the DLP to electoral victory on four successive elections viz. 2005, 2009, 2014 and 2019.
The lists of the duly elected and duly nominated candidates were released on Saturday via the Electoral Office’s Facebook page, and revealed that 45 candidates were duly nominated on Friday 18th November 2022, for the historic, General Elections scheduled for December 6th.
The United Workers Party(UWP), Dominica Freedom (DFP) and Alternative People’s Party(APP) have all opted to boycott the December 6th, snap general elections amid calls for electoral reform. The failure to contest effectively removes the UWP as the “Parliamentary Opposition” in the House of Assembly elections, held since the January 31st, 2000 General Elections in which the DLP led by the late Roosie Douglas entered into a coalition government with the DFP to defeat the Edison James-led UWP. The DLP won 10 seats; the DFP – 2 and the UWP – 9.
The newest political party in Dominica: Team Unity Dominica(TUD), launched in August of this year, is to contest in 5 of the 21 constituencies.
A record-number of 19 independent candidates will remain in the contest with the DLP and the TUD for the remaining 15 constituencies.
General Elections were called on November 6, when Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit in a public address said that he wants the 2023 to begin with a new mandate, given to a fresh Labour team to commence the rebuilding of Dominica post- COVID-19. He added that he had written to advise His Excellency Charles Savarin theat the House be dissolved effective immediately, and that a fresh writ be issued on Monday, November 6, 2022, for the holding of General Elections in the Commonwealth of Dominica. “Nominations,” he said, “will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022,” adding, “General Elections Day in Dominica, the day the Labour party will be seeking a fresh mandate, with a fresh team is Tuesday, 6th December, 2022.”
General elections in Dominica were not constitutionally due till December 2025.