Opposition Leader Jesma Paul-Victor has officially put forward the name of former Opposition Senator Anette Sanford as her choice for the upcoming presidency of Dominica. This announcement coincides with the impending conclusion of President Charles Savarin’s term, set to end on October 1, 2023.
On August 30, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit unveiled his nominee, senior public officer Mrs. Sylvanie Burton, for the presidential position. Two weeks later, Skerrit revealed that Paul-Victor did not support his choice of nominee for the nation’s next President. Consequently, a 14-day nomination period was initiated, which will culminate in an election.
During an interview with the state-owned DBS radio, he did disclose that due to Paul-Victor’s disapproval of his nomination, instead of going to parliament on the morning of September 12, to announce his choice of Mrs Slyvanie Burton as the incoming president, he has instead written to the Speaker of the House of Assembly that there is no joint
Skerrit expressed his disappointment in the leader of the opposition’s unwillingness to support Mrs. Burton, highlighting her qualifications and lifelong commitment to the Kalinago people and the nation as a whole.
“We had a golden opportunity as a country to allow for history to be created first with the appointment of the first female president in our political history and the first person of Kalinago descent to be considered for such high office,” he said.
Skerrit added, “So it is unfortunate and I see this as a vilification of a woman and the vilification of a Kalinago which is unfortunate because they are the people who first came to our county and defended our patrimony and allowed us to now call Dominica our home.”
However, with the opposition leader’s nomination of Mrs. Sanford, a nurse by profession who served as a Senator in the House of Assembly from February 10, 2020, to December 6, 2022, for the opposition United Workers Party, the potential to create history for Dominica arises. If elected, she would become the first female President and the first Indigenous head of state.
Dominica News Online (DNO) will provide further updates on this unfolding development.