Denise Charles (left) of the DLP and Higgs Adams of the UWP are in the race

Denise Charles (left) of the DLP and Higgs Adams of the UWP are in the race

Residents of the Soufriere Constituency head to the polls today to elect a new member of parliament.

The two major political parties in Dominica have fielded candidates for the election: Denise Charles for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and Higgs Adams for the United Workers Party (UWP).

There are some 3,431 eligible voters in the constituency.

A by-election became necessary in that constituency after the resignation of former Labour Party MP, Ian Pinard, on April 26, 2016, because of allegations of inappropriate behavior involving a minor.

In the December 8, 2014 general election, Pinard captured 1,226 votes while Adams grabbed 822.

Polling stations will be at the following places:

Scotts Head: three at the Scotts Head Primary School
Soufriere: two at the village council office and one at the church hall
Pointe Michel: homes of Clayton Christian and Shiela Etienne and three at the Pointe Michel community center

Polls stations opened at 7:00 am and are expected to close at 5:00 pm.