It’s now official that the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) will have a new candidate contesting in the St. Joseph constituency.
Kelver Darroux, the current Member of Parliament for that constituency, who first contested and won that seat for the DLP in 2009 replacing Vince Henderson. has decided to call it a day.
Recently, there has been much speculation over Darroux’s future as a candidate but today December 3, 2018 for the first time, Darroux went public with the matter.
“I have taken a personal decision to not contest the next general elections in Dominica as a candidate and that decision has been solely based on me taking the decision to further myself within my personal and educational life,” he said.
He said it was not an easy decision to make because of the love he has for his people particularly those of the St. Joseph constituency.
“However, I believe at this time, it is the right decision for me and a few months ago, I informed the Prime Minister of my decision and also discussed it with my family and also the constituency branch,” Darroux stated.
He continued, “At this time, the DLP continues to remain the best party of choice for Dominica and I have the utmost respect and confidence for the Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. I want to thank the Almighty Father for giving me the opportunity for the past 9 to ten years for being the MP for St. Joseph and giving me the knowledge and wisdom at the helm to effect my job to the best of my family. I want to thank my family for allowing me to be part of the electoral process. Also the residents of St. Joseph, Layou, and Belles…I take that job seriously.”
Darroux said he remains committed to the DLP and will serve the rest of his term and will also champion the cause of whoever the candidate is, to ensure that the DLP wins back that seat.
“After all is said and done and I am gone…who knows, if the Lord wills I may just be back but the Lord will decide. We have done a lot in the constituency and it has been difficult with the storms and hurricane and also the Matthieu dam collapse, but we have persevered as a people and for this I am grateful to God,” he said.
Asked who his replacement will be, he said, “The process has begun and a few people have expressed an interest. Whoever it is, I will be with them side by side to regain this seat for the DLP,” Darroux remarked.