Electoral Office reports increase in voters for Soufriere by-election

 LaRocque said all is set for the by-election
LaRocque said all is set for the by-election

Chief Elections Officer, Steven LaRocque has revealed that there was a surge in registered voters due to the upcoming by-election in the Soufriere constituency, carded for June 7, 2016.

On DBS’s ‘Talking Point’, on Monday, he stated that 50 new voters have registered in the constituency adding to the existing list of voters from November 2015.

“May 13th, we got 50 new registrations. However, because we had the final list as at November 15th of that year, the figures dropped for the constituency to 3,381. Because of the 50 now, it went back up to 3,431 eligible voters,” he divulged.

A by-election became necessary in that constituency after the resignation of former Labour Party MP, Ian Pinard, on April 26, 2016, because of what he said are allegations made against him.

Higgs Adams, who lost to Pinard in the 2014 general election, is the United Workers’ Party (UWP) candidate. He will be facing the Dominica Labour Party’s (DLP) Denise Charles.

Larocque stated that “everything is in place” for the by-election.

He went on to give details of the 11 polling stations in the constituency.

“We have eleven polling stations. There are three in the Scott’s Head area—there will be three of them in the Scott’s Head Primary School; in Soufriere, we have three—two in the village council, and one in the church hall; in Pointe Mitchell, we have five of them—one at Mr. Clayton Christian’s home, the other is at Sheila Etienne’s place, and there will also be three at the Pointe Mitchell community centre.”

It was noted that in the Point Mitchell area, the home of Theodora Labassiere will no longer be used as a polling station. Instead, in the polling district of P03, persons with surnames beginning letters from A to J are asked to vote at the home of Clayton Christian, and those with surnames beginning with K to Z are to vote at Sheila Etienne’s residence.

Polls will be open from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm.

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  1. maindesk
    June 7, 2016

    We have heard complaints about a bloated list so many times. In December 2014 general elections the Soufriere constituency list of voters numbered 3459 and just 2182 voted now its 3431. These are small villages that make up the constituency and everyone knows everyone so it should be easy to find the voters so where are they. All the UWP is there for is to make the elections look legit and every election they dutifully comply.

  2. Domo
    June 7, 2016

    You have the right name manicu

  3. Hans
    June 7, 2016

    The people have spoken that if a government is doing nonsense then they will be voted out. The youth came out to invest in their future and showed that their are a forced to be reckoned with. Congrats to the United Workers Party. I wish you all the best and hope and pray that for the sake of our beautiful island of St. Lucia you guys live up to your promises. With that said I hope the people of St. Lucia stand up and hold the elected officials accountable… Again in the next 5 years if UWP follows the same path as SLP rest assured they will be voted out again. It is time those politicians realize that St. Lucians are not as stupid as they think and will drink anything (like fix roads weeks before elections). We the people have a voice and it is time we start using this voice. All the best for the 5 years!!!!!

    When will our people in Dominica think like the Lucians

    • Concern citizen
      June 7, 2016

      50% of Dominicans are DONKEY HOLES
      when a TOWN LIKE PORTSMOUTH telling me that they are voting one party for 50yrs and the town remains like a ghost town

  4. B VIDAL
    June 6, 2016

    the only place in the world where people vote without ID CARD IS DOMINICA I WANDER HOW LONG THAT HAVE TO CONTINUE that make me sick and without IDCARD WE COULD NEVER HAVE A FAIR ELECTION THE PM is not strong his ragim is doing so good and he have to do so much to win a simple by election is buy election true because he up and down buyin people he cant THAT COCONOT NEVER,

    • Concern citizen
      June 7, 2016

      As long as the DONKEY HOLES decide for it to discontinue then it will

  5. Ryan
    June 6, 2016

    This shows the inability of a struggling Country after 16 years in power this day and age s polling station at someone’s Home… That’s Madnesss

    • Domo
      June 7, 2016

      Very foolish comment
      I live in England for 17 years and polling stations are all over the place in
      Schools,churches, and many other places
      What is wrong with that
      We just love to bring down our country

  6. Favoured
    June 6, 2016

    Steve Laroque what BS you talking about all is in place. Garcon all you have my picture for a voter’s ID card for over a year now so what is it now nuh man. Is the same thing I keep on saying is public officers like you who give comfort to this corrupt regime by facilitating or providing the enabling environment for this regime to continue in power regardless of what. It is time to point you guys out.

    • %
      June 6, 2016


  7. June 6, 2016

    Thats Democracy in motion. come tomorrow after all is said and done, some will be happy and some will leave to fight another Day, that`s the way the system works. Win loose or Draw. We have to learn to deal with the choice of the people and move on with our lives, Elections, comes and elections goes, lets show the World we are a mature people.

  8. June 6, 2016

    DNO, people need to be educated, especially those that depend on DNO for news. To hear a big news online network like DNO, give readers the impression that the reason for a by election according to the former minister, is because of rumors against him is really misleading and doesn’t educate a fly. I know is a court matter and everyone is innocent until found guilty, but there God, is it wrong to say the former minister was arrested, bailed, and charged, and say what he was arrested for, if not changed for? I find that’s poor news and reminds of communists reporting.

  9. June 6, 2016

    You people have done great injustice to the electoral process and democracy in Dominica and that will be your legacy

    • %
      June 6, 2016

      I support you on that!

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