UPDATE: Three-way contest in Grand Bay by-election

Andrew (left), Gabriel (top right)-photo courtesy Gabriel’s FB page; Henderson (lower right)

Three candidates will contest the Grand Bay by- election on November 25th 2021.

 They are Dr. Vince Henderson (Consultant- Dominica Labour Party), Clarington “Twa Woche” Andrew (Roof Specialist- Independent) and Julius ‘Handbag’ Gabriel (Bus driver- Independent) were nominated at the Grand Bay youth center on Tuesday.

Andrew, who is from Eggleston, was the last person to announce his candidacy in the by-election.

Returning officer for the Grand Bay by-election, John Roach, said all candidates met the requirements for nomination.

“All three candidates came with at least six persons for nomination or even have more than six electors for nomination. They also came with their statutory declaration signed by either a Justice of the Peace or a lawyer with at least a five dollars stamp on the statutory declaration form,” he told DBS Radio this morning.

 He said the electoral office also had to verify that the electors who nominated the candidates were registered voters in the constituency. The candidates also presented, in their documentation, evidence that a deposit of $EC500 was made at the government treasury.

If nominees obtain less than 12.5% or 1/8th of the votes cast, they will lose the deposit of $500.

Meantime Dr. Vince Henderson who is also a former St. Joseph MP, told reporters that he received a “surprisingly warm” welcome from the people of Grand Bay.

“First of all, I have to express my profound gratitude to the people of the Grand Bay constituency for welcoming me into Grand Bay as it were perhaps one can say as a prodigal son,” he stated. “I’m very happy for that welcome, it has been warm and I have to say surprisingly warm and I want to thank them for that hospitality that they have extended to me over the last few weeks.”

Henderson said he considers his run for the Grand Bay seat a very serious mission and has taken the opportunity over the last few days to acquaint himself with the reality of people in Grand Bay, to understand their circumstances, where they live, work, their livelihoods and the reality that they are faced with daily.

“This is a very serious matter. This is not something to be taken lightly, representing such a tremendous constituency with great potential. It is in fact an awesome burden, but is one that I have embraced very happily because I think I will be gratified at the end that I could make a difference to the lives of the people in this constituency,” the DLP candidate stated.

Gabriel, on the other hand, believes as he stated in an interview on Q95FM radio that he is the only candidate who will bring a difference to Grand Bay. He feels that as an actual resident of the area for his entire life, he knows the ins and outs of that community and is the one who can see it through to development. He has also stated that he will work hard to get the youth off the streets.

 Many Grandbarians have expressed the view that Henderson is a positive and qualified candidate and are confident that he will do big things for the constituency.

Some have claimed that it is “a disrespect” to have someone like Gabriel representing Grand Bay and that he was sent by the United Workers Party. However, many from the community have embraced Gabriel as one of their own and have declared their support for the bus driver since his decision to contest the by-election an independent candidate.

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24 Comments

  1. Oh Men
    November 12, 2021

    Dominican have turned into “party animals.” Pleasure, drugs and crimes have become the norm. The elderly have no respect for the young, same with the young, they have no respect for the elder. I hear the Vulgarity in the lyrics from carnival revelers on the street and it seems like they are undressing the women in song. The young people each one holding a glass or bottle containing alcohol. This goes on for two days, (Monday and Tuesday) and on Wednesday the Catholic priest / bishop anoints these people with burnt ash. This is pure devil worship at its core. Nevertheless, they expect to prosper, have a robust economy, have a just and honest head of government, etc.
    It will not happen. I repeat, It will never happen. I’m not wishing that you Dominicans “suck salt.” But it seems as though sucking salt is the best alternative to having nothing to suck. Your “spiritual leader” may not be telling you the truth about yourself. Turn to God and He will change Dominica for us all.

  2. Empty Hand
    November 12, 2021

    In the Grand Bay by election,
    the people of the Grand Bay constituency have a clear choice: Either they elect Dr Henderson and have a pal rep who most likely will be the next PM of Dominica or elect Handbag and commit political suicide. You do not have to be a political scientist to forecast the result of this by election.

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  3. Trucker
    November 12, 2021

    Boy Mr really a clown hahahahahha .. Mr must be a labourite Lin clown labour rat

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  4. Try
    November 11, 2021

    I was very hopeful that handbag could be the winner. But I’m looking at the whole picture which seems as though the grand bay people are not serious. I hope that I’m wrong; but it looks like this Henderson guy has a clear shot of winning this thing.

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  5. Anon anon
    November 11, 2021

    The English novelist Anthony Trollope, writing of a dysfunctional London in the 1870s, said: “A certain class of dishonesty has become at the same time so rampant and so splendid that there seems to be reason for fearing that men and women will be taught to feel that dishonesty, if it can become splendid, will cease to be abominable.” This is where we are now in Dominica, with rampant dishonesty in high places becoming the norm. I hope Grand Bay stands up to this dishonesty and teach Skerrit and carpetbagger Vince a lesson

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    • Ibo France
      November 12, 2021

      True! True! True!

      Satanic Skerrit, his unscrupulous disciple and gullible supporters truly think that a sweet lie repeated many times is golden truth. If I were to be given 10 cents for every lie Skerrit has told for the last two years, I would be a multi-millionaire.

  6. Lin clown
    November 11, 2021

    The CLOWN want to hear the cry of the HYPOCRITES,Bwa-Banday,RandyX,IBO France and % about Andrew not being from Grandbay.

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  7. Ivenia
    November 11, 2021

    DNO, not much information was given on the Andrew candidate. Only that he is from Eggleston, is an independent candidate and was last to join in.

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  8. Lin clown
    November 11, 2021

    Waiting to see comments from IBO,% , and the other overeducated AHOLES who say Vince is not from Grandbay.It is not about where you are from,it is representation.If Andrew can better represent the people vote him.If Vince vote him,If HANGBAG,with the high-level of stupidity he possess vote him.The man HANGBAG thinks COVID-19 is named by the years.Covid-19 in 2019,Covid-20 in 2020 and Covid-21 in 2021.He does not know grades are 11 ones 10 ones 9 ones etc.HANGBAG believes grades are 12,13,14,15,16 up to God knows how high.% is tell us that is the representation Grandbay deserves.

    ADMIN: COVID-19 was named for the year it was discovered (2019): https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-gets-official-name-who-covid-19-n1134756

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    • Under the radar
      November 11, 2021

      Get passed your emotional responses, you’re starting to leak estrogen…

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    • Ibo France
      November 12, 2021

      Clown, stop your estrogen based attacks on decent people. They are unapologetically proud to shed light of on your demon-god’s lies and wrong doings.

  9. Follow the Money
    November 11, 2021

    One thing I’m quite sure Mr. Gabriel aka Han bag will NOT support Morocco’s claim to Africa’s Western Sahara from the Blacks, after the Arabs have invaded and savagely conquered All of North Africa from Egypt to the African west coast in their brutal jihad that turned many empires into Muslims in return for peace to protect themselves from… the same Arabs.

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  10. Grand Bay
    November 11, 2021

    Mr. Gabriel is the man for Grand Bay. Vote for a true Grand Bayrian who will do his best to represent his people.

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  11. Questions & Answers
    November 11, 2021

    So in essence 1 Doctor, 1 Bus driver and 1 Roof specialist. Since Dr. Vince Henderson is the only candidate running with a recognized party, the DLP, I have a few questions for the doctor:

    1. Dr Vince Henderson are you running this race with clean hands and pure conscience?
    2. Vince, since it is no secret that you and PM Skerrit pressured late PM Rosie Douglas to death is there something else on your heart you would want to tell us about his sudden death?
    3. Dr Vince Henderson, it is no secret that you and PM Skerrit pressured late PM Pierre Charles to death to the point that Tony is on record saying that I what brought Pierro to death was treachery. Treachery means betrayal of trust: treason . So Vince is there anything bothering you about the death of Pierre Charles which paved the way for Skerrit to become PM? I don’t have time to ask you about what the late Osborn Reviere said he was treated
    4. Vince did you and PM Skerrit know Ed Registe was going to die and you would…

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  12. Son of the soil
    November 11, 2021

    Vote Julius Gabriel for Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay constituency. A son of the soil, and true Grand Bayrian who will do his best for his people.

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  13. Zandoli
    November 11, 2021

    I would not surprise me to learn that Sherri paid this third candidate to run against Gabriel. The plan would be to split the anti-Skerrit vote.

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  14. Ibo France
    November 11, 2021

    As usual DNO, I find your news site to be pro-Labour even though you try to portray yourself as fair and balanced. However, anyone with even a modicum of intelligence would easily realise you are not.

    You make these scathing remarks about Mr. Gabriel then deflect responsibility for these said comments by using the phrase ‘people say’. Smart but not clever.

    The only thing you wrote that could be construed as negative is Vince Henderson is not from the constitruency of GB. He has a sorry record of colossal failure as an MP for his own community of St. Joseph. He’s a political reject and a recycled carpetbagger. He has failed to bring home anything of significance as the ambassador to the United Nations. He is living a privileged life, growing ‘fat’ sucking the breasts of government treasury. GB people should give him a severe whipping with their votes then ‘deport’ him back to St. Joseph.

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  15. The Old prophet
    November 11, 2021

    3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.

    6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all,(C) saying, ‘They will respect my son.’

    7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

    9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:

    “‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;

    In this parable I see the wicked Skerrit and Vince and the Evils they have done to Grand Bay and Dominica. But I also see the Handbag as the rejected stone

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  16. The old prophet
    November 10, 2021

    What I see in Grand Bay is Romans 11:3 which reads: …they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”.
    But Handbag will live to serve his people and finish the work of Pierre Charles and Ed Registe

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    • November 12, 2021

      @The old prophet, you are simply quoting scriptures to cause people to believe that you know the bible, but you cannot full me–you don’t understand a thing that you read and write from the Bible,

      What you have quoted above, has nothing to do with the situation at hand in Grandbay. You can talk about who killed who, but your theory has nothing to do with Roman 11:3. Did people kill Ed Registe and Piere Charles?

      God Almighty is the One speaking in that verse, how in hell can you replace Him with a “handbag”? You need to stop with the stupidity!

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      • Ibo France
        November 15, 2021

        LizforSatan, you are nothing more than a mere nuisance. You’re just an aged, disgruntled, ungodly imbecile. You are so cognitively challenged that you now cannot decipher right from wrong.

        Go and enjoy the rest of your sunset years in a nursing home as you’re losing your sanity. You have lost touch with reality. Soldier of Satan!!!

  17. Jonathan Y St Jean
    November 10, 2021

    Whoever is sponsoring Gabriel is only seeking to split the votes and make it easier for Vince to claim victory. Vince should be ashamed to reveal that he’s only now familiarizing himself with the constituency and the residents. Nothing lasts forever, not even Mugabe’s reign, even if he lasted a damn long time. Country’s which have dynamic and changing governments have fresh ideas being brought to the fore and are the most progressive and developed as against those where anything and everything is done to hold unto power. Life is dynamic and ever changing for good reasons. I hope that the results from Grand Bay people will reflect a beacon of hope for change.

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    • Frank N Stein
      November 11, 2021

      You are not making sense. No other party is contesting so split votes from whom? Until nomination it was only Vince and Handbag so what are you talking about? The new candidate is more a suspect of splitting votes to make Vince win, cuz before him there was no method to split any votes.

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