Over 70,000 voters for December poll

ballot boxSome 72,484 voters are eligible to cast their ballots in the general election slated for December 8, according to the Electoral Commission.

The Commission also said a supplementary list shows a total of 2,895 new voters registered durng the October 1, 2014 to November 6, 2014.

“The Electors List which will be used for the General Elections scheduled for December 8, 2014, shall constitute the names of registered electors on the Preliminary List, numbering 69,589 persons and the above-mentioned Supplementary List,” it said on Tuesday. “The Electors List of persons eligible to vote in the elections, therefore totals 72, 484. The Electoral Office received a few Notices of Objections and these are being dealt with in accordance with the law.”

According to the Commission, “The Electors List reflects the fact that Dominica’s elections laws provide for continuous registration and strict procedures as to the manner in which any registered elector may be removed from the register.The Commission has over the years, through the Electoral Office, succeeded in removing from the register, the names of deceased registered electors whose deaths have been confirmed through the Civil Registry and/or due inquiry and investigation.”

Additionally, the Electoral Commission said, it “has repeatedly advised the public of the need to utilize the objections procedure stipulated by law in order to initiate the process by which names of ineligible persons may be deleted.”

The Commission said it will begin a “Voter Education Programme” leading up to the December 8 elections.

This campaign will include the broadcasting of its “Elections Corner” programme in both English and Creole, on radio stations in the State, as well as its publication in the print media,” it said. “Additionally, a video presentation produced with the cooperation of the Government Information Service will be broadcasted on both television stations. This television production highlights the voting process and introduces the new ballot boxes which will be used for the first time in the upcoming General Elections. The Commission is also in the process of updating the website and Facebook pages of the Electoral Office in order to provide relevant statistics, as well as general information to the public in preparation for the elections.”

Nomination Day for the general election will be on Wednesday, November 19.

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238 Comments

  1. UDOHREADYET
    November 21, 2014

    I’ve been living in Laplaine for the last 14 years does that disqualify me from voting? I heard I’m in UWP territory,… all I know is I want my passport to go Roseau!
    last election UWP try to voleur jean laplaine. I would like to purchase a passport to go Roseau n vote plz!

  2. Need to know
    November 20, 2014

    What is the population of Dominica? What percentage is under 18? How many names on that voters list are dead people?

  3. Dominican always
    November 20, 2014

    what i would like to see or hear from the electoral commission is a break down of that figure IE the number of new registered voters the number of oversea voter who are still legible to vote and the number of residents who from the last election are still registered to vote . while i do think we need to change the law to include all Dominicans home and abroad and get rid of that five years residency the law is the law and so lots of people on that list i assume are unable /eligible to vote .the present government who control the house with an 18-3 margin could have simply move to change the law to include all Dominicans and problem solved but they haven’t plus the electoral commission should do the job they are appointed to do and not live it up to persons to remove themselves or family from the list at least every 4 years they should write to the households and ask for the list for the various households to be updated

  4. Jahpolice
    November 20, 2014

    What is the population of Dominica? I thought we were about 70 000? Is everyone in Dominica 18 years and over? All babies and school children registered to vote? Yes I, look jokes. From PMH they taking the list man???

    • piece of peace
      November 20, 2014

      u must be an idiot…. if this is the comprehension level of the voting public then we are surely DOOMED!

  5. eyes wide open
    November 19, 2014

    i honestly thought we would be on the streets tonight in our black everything demanding to clean the list and for the resignation of our prime minister .its time for us to take example from other countries fighting for their right.i hope when the streets call on us to fight for our democracy u all will show up in our black everything.no party is going to lead us.we the ppl are going to lead ourselves.

  6. November 19, 2014

    Mr Skerrit has served Dominica well and had taken on a big job .I just think a job this big needs the button to be handed over.To be fair change is needed be it Blackmore or Linton. Just my honest opinion.Respect to Mr Skerrit to have the courage to take on the challenge but know when to pass the batton over .1 love To all Dominican

  7. Me
    November 19, 2014

    All You all are doing is talk talk. How many of you all have gone to the electoral office with the death certificates of all you alls dead relatives so their names can be removed?

  8. Zuma
    November 19, 2014

    I believe I should ask . At the time of voting isn’t somone present at the polling station with a list of names , making sure that the persons who come to vote are in deed alive….I just have to wonder why are some of these comments being made about dead persons on the list.it is your responsibility to inform the registry of your family births and deaths… And even names of persons who are dead yet their names aRe on the list I would be very scared if they were present at the polling station…

    • sot
      November 19, 2014

      a country of 70 plp, how can there be all these registered voters? so u mean to tell me my 12 year old can vote

  9. November 19, 2014

    I posted 2 post earlier on and they were not posted. Again lol Mr Skerrit Dominica is not yours and you are not God. show the people of Dominica you can be fair and just.The world is watching.You can not just do as you feel with no regards to the law or rules .

  10. November 19, 2014

    I am not a student of mathematics except when i get my pay cheque i know how much was owed me. There is certainly confussion about the number of persons who are eligible to vote in the next general elections. I have no idea what the population of Dominica is at this time; but for a country which has been described as underpopulated it certainly has been growing by leaps and bounds. Are the names of Arabs; Russians; Chinese; Crooks; Criminals; Rogues and Vagabonds who have attained Dominican passports and citizenship, also on the list. Wow there must be many and they form the majority of our voters.

    • poitbureau
      November 19, 2014

      you should have listened to DBS radio tonight.

  11. Too Hard Too Long
    November 19, 2014

    Why are people comparing the size of the voters list to the size of the population? The size of the list indicates the number of voters who are currently resident overseas. The most we can hope is that the list is not bloated with people who are deceased. All my relatives who were registered before they migrated – they are still on the voters list. As long as they are alive, they can remain on the voters list.

    Now being on the voters list does not mean that the person is going to vote. As far as I know, we do not allow absentee ballots – that is, a person must be in Dominica for them to vote. You can compare that to the United states in which a US can vote regardless of where they are resident, so a US resident can vote from Dominica. We don’t have that. Persons have to come home to vote. Now unless we have some serious jet landings, thousands of people are not coming down to vote. I’m waiting to see the flight and ferry statistics coming up towards election to make my deduction as to how many persons came down to vote.

    • Affa
      November 20, 2014

      Amen to that! I think you understand the issue.

    • Eyeballs
      November 20, 2014

      Well, if my name is on the list and I have been away for over 20 years there should be no reason for me not to cast my vote for my party. I have a right to vote

      • piece of peace
        November 20, 2014

        “The Constitution provides that every person whose name is entered in the register of voters in any constituency is entitled to vote in an election of Representatives for that constituency. In order to be registered the intended elector must either be a citizen of Dominica or a Commonwealth citizen over the age of eighteen years, and must have resided in the particular polling district for a continuous period of three months immediately preceding the date of registration. In addition the Commonwealth citizen must have resided in Dominica for a period of twelve months before the qualifying date for registration.”

        Address by the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica
        His Excellency Dr. Nicholas L. O. Liverpool, D.A.H.

        on the Occasion of the Opening of the First Meeting of the Third Session of the Seventh Parliament on Wednesday, 18th July 2007

  12. Mary
    November 19, 2014

    Do you people have a problem understanding English? No matter what your opinion is on who qualifies to vote, that is irrelevant. The fact and the law is you are not qualify to and cannot vote if you have been away from Dominica for more than 5 years. Why is it so difficult to understand that fact?
    Allu brains made of calabash matter?
    Sending barrels home does not qualify you to vote.
    You moved away because things were difficult back home, remember? Why aren’t you staying after you vote? Why? I’m away from home, I cannot vote and I have to accept this as a law abiding citizen. I send barrels home, I send money home every month but I’m not qualified to vote. What is wrong with you people? Simple English. You people sound foolish in your arguments!!!!!

    By the way, this so called labor party is not the reallabor party.
    These so called laborites, I have a question for you all. Have you ever heard of a McIntyer, a Charles Saverin, Mr, George and Skerrit himself being a laborite? These hijacked the Labor Party to continue plundering the wealth and resources of the country. So please think before you allow yourself to be bamboozled.

    • RBD
      November 20, 2014

      “By the way, this so called labor party is not the reallabor party.
      These so called laborites, I have a question for you all. Have you ever heard of a McIntyer, a Charles Saverin, Mr, George and Skerrit himself being a laborite? These hijacked the Labor Party to continue plundering the wealth and resources of the country. So please think before you allow yourself to be bamboozled.” …………..sorry sir this statement comes from an idiot, what has a name got to do with been a member of a party. So all Laborites should have names like Alfrey and Loblack. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  13. maryJA
    November 19, 2014

    This is madness and D/cans look like they are the laughing stock of the world now, more people on voters list than the amount of people residing there. Alas DOMINICA!!!! Come on people stand for what you all think is right.

  14. denrecnoc
    November 19, 2014

    The electoral commission indicates in this article that “it has repeatedly advised the public of the need to utilize the objections procedures……………by which names of ineligible voters may be deleted.” So taxpayers are paying the electoral commission to review and update the voters list, however, the EC is placing the onus on taxpayers to initiate the removal of ineligible voters?
    Some are of the view that election laws impede the EC’s ability to properly maintain the voters list. If this is the case, may I suggest that the laws be amended, and that the EC formulates new procedures for removing the names of ineligible voters. This is not rocket science. It is done routinely throughout the world. Wake up Dominica! We can do better.

    In every country in the world, governments or their agents have formulated procedures to review and update their voting lists on an annual basis. Civil servants here in DA are of the view that it is virtually impossible to remove the names of dead citizens as well as those who no longer reside in Dominica from the voters list. If the law is the impediment, new laws must be enacted or the current law should be updated. The

  15. Anonymous
    November 19, 2014

    The Chief Electoral Officer should resign for direliction of duty, in simple language for not doing his work properly.

  16. Anonymous
    November 19, 2014

    The Chief Elections officer should resign since he will not be fired for dereliction of duty. In simple language for not doing his work proprerly.

  17. Jay prosper
    November 19, 2014

    So because I left three years ago to attend university and may have not been counted in the last census, my name should not be on the list?

    • Papa Dom
      November 20, 2014

      Did you say you went to university? Well,well,well! A university grad and I may be presumsoius here, and you don’t understand a simple legal statement. I’ll spell it out for you: if you have not resided in the country for more than five years then you are not entitled to vote even if your name is on the list. How then do you come to understand that you do not qualify to vote? Free your mind my friend and understand that change is necessary and be part of the movement for change.

      • piece of peace
        November 20, 2014

        That is untrue! Please read the constitution…and not rely on radio bouche!

  18. November 19, 2014

    Did you say 72,484 voters? Are minors voting now? Dominica do not have that many people, or I should say EVERYONE on the Island is a QUALIFIED VOTER.

    • UDOHREADYET
      November 19, 2014

      You’re confusing census (based on estimated local population years ago) with actual eligible voters (DA has more Dominicans living abroad than people actually living in the country). SO if the DA census from years ago shows estimated population 70,000 (most of us know this is inaccurate) there are at least 100,000 Dominicans living abroad. Bringing our total population to about 170,000.

    • No
      November 19, 2014

      @confused, that number includes alot of dead people and people living overseas who were not counted in the last census. Every one on the island is not a registered, based on past figures less than 40k people vote at every election.

  19. classy chic
    November 19, 2014

    We use to be a nation that was Classy. Ashamed to beg or accept handout. We didnt want to wear bohman. or accept others lefttin, NOW DOMINICANS HAVE resorted to begging. I rememeber when my grandmother would send me for a credit at a local shop . I use to a piece of hibiscus leaf or take a piece of paper and wrap it up in my hand so nobody would know is credit I GOING TO CREDIT GROCERIES. nOW PEOPLE DON’T HAVE ANY SHAME OR PRIDE. THEY just begging. lining up at DLP campaign head quarters begging for toilet anything in promise of giving the party their votes. I want the old Dominican back , the ones who held their head up high with dignity and respect. Not the ones ready to accept handouts and be belittled . come people do you see whats going on here. its a crying shame. We better than that people. I remember growing up and seeing poor people around but that didn’t mean they lacked dignity and respect, people would still call them bol (BOLD) because been poor didn’t mean that you didnt have pride and class.

    • UDOHREADYET
      November 19, 2014

      Easy to say but hard to do… so if you had a choice of a brand new flushing toilet to replace your pit latrine versus buying a weeks worth of groceries on credit which you have to pay back and borrow for the next week you would choose the groceries? If your answer is yes then vote UWP for groceries on credit… if your answer is no then vote labour for flushing toilets! SOT!
      One solution is for people thinking about the future not their belly today and the other answer is those that are only concerned with their belly today… the difference is hunter gathers versus farmers. Are you a hunter gatherer or a farmer?

      • November 20, 2014

        We have resolted to be a nation of beggers. No more do we want to work for ourselves.we have lost our sense of independence and have beome dependant on politicians.I pray my people that one day we will realise that by the sewat of thy brows thou shall eat bread

  20. justice
    November 19, 2014

    ok so my grand baby and grand niece is register to vote well my zanfan vote for workers for me plz i left da years ago i come back very often but the most i stay is 2months or 1 or 3 weeks am not elegible to vote even if i spend lots of money there

  21. unknown
    November 19, 2014

    This is madness. so all the school children in primary school and high school are part of the electorate. those people in the electoral office not seeing something is wrong here. or are they part of the conspiracy? Even my 10 year old in grade 6 who just completed a chapter/ unit on the electoral process had her 2 pence to say on the matter after we listened to the news yesterday afternoon. GOD HELP US. This place is sickening me now.

    • piece of peace
      November 20, 2014

      Gosh!!!!!!!!!

      Please don’t help your children with their homework…. You’ll do them a disservice!

  22. Trolol
    November 19, 2014

    The amount of people that tell me they not voting… hmmm, something ain’t adding up! :wink: :-? :-o

    • UDOHREADYET
      November 19, 2014

      People eligible to vote versus the sot that choose not to vote are never going to add up sot. They are two totally different set of #’s! Also the numbers account for the total population of Dominicans Eligible to vote here and abroad… not just in your village.

  23. Damn
    November 19, 2014

    When they had that census there??a joke that man.put they doh pass by my hotel carlifonia!!! Why they afraid of the change

  24. Straight Talk
    November 19, 2014

    Amazing!!!!. Dominica hardly has 70,000 people, and considering that only persons 18 yrs and older are eligible to vote, where are all those voters coming from. Something is definitely wrong with the voters list. The current voters list needs to be sanitized.

    • November 19, 2014

      I heard that my name is still on the list and I have not lived home for over twenty years. My parents are deceased and their names are also on the list. That list really need cleaning.

      • UDOHREADYET
        November 19, 2014

        Why if people have brains they choose not to use it?!! If If If your parents names are still on a list of eligible voters being that they were Dominican citizens and may have passed away in another country which did not or you did not report their deaths in Dominica they will still be on the list, second if your name is still on a list as an eligible voter and you have been living out of Dominica for the last 20 years and reside illegally in another country or have not changed your citizenship status in your country of residence then you can still be counted as an eligible voter. Third if your parents have passed, and you live abroad and not coming down to vote… whats the problem? So far the only person that messed up is you! not the government. Get your affairs in order!!

  25. Ravine
    November 19, 2014

    EVIL, EVIL , EVIL
    One day the dog back will face the wall

  26. man of wisdom
    November 19, 2014

    The election commission should have educate the public concerning Dominica’s population and voter registration in the last 40 years.

    Dominica has more registered voters living out side of the country more than what is in Dominica.

    I grew up in a community that had over 800 people in the 80s, now you can hardly find 300. All my school mates have migrated. In the great 1980 election, thousands of young Dominicans were registered, these registered voters that voted the freedom party, most of them are no longer in Dominica.

    More than 80,000 Dominicans have migrated since 1980. About 50,000 of those people were registered voters. Antiqua alone should have 15-000- 20,000 Dominicans who are registered electors. America might should have the same number of registered voters. These people are Dmonicans who are registered but living outside of the country. These people have a right to vote , if they so chose.

    That is where education of the population is needed before posting sensitive information.

    Also, the political parties should educate the population and do not say things to fire up people base on false information

    • Barbara Saunders
      November 19, 2014

      Man of Wisdom

      You will try to explain till you are blue in the face, or maybe red, some of these people posting all this emotional stuff want to believe what they are saying and they will continue to believe it no matter what wisdom you try to inject. I have heard the electoral Commission on a number of occasions outline the process for removing registered voters from the list. I believe the commission has a website I’m going to check it for any historical statistics such as the number of registered voters for every election from 1990 to present because I believe that except for newly registered voters, every party has contested elections on those lists.

      The question which often comes to mind is whether the seats held by the opposition were won freely and fairly also whether this was the same when that party won in 1995 and formed the government. Was it free and fair? What was the number on the electoral list at that time?

      That being said, I agree that all efforts must be made within the law to cleanse the list of electors. That’s the ideal.

  27. Fed Up #1
    November 19, 2014

    Rather than go by what we feel, think, know or think we know, please visit:

    http://electoraloffice.gov.dm/registration/45-who-can-register-to-vote

    http://electoraloffice.gov.dm/voting/9-rights-and-responsibilities

    When is the Electoral Commission, the electoral office, the presiding officers going to be held accountable for their failure to comply with the laws of the land. Even without electoral reform, much more could have been done to ensure that the laws are complied with and this inflated list reduced.

  28. cassie
    November 19, 2014

    but hold on
    dominicans must be crazy
    if your population is approximately 69-70,000 how can your voters list be 72,000
    the average voting list should not be over 60% of your population
    so are you telling me minor, babies, recently deceased, cats and dogs are voting
    what are you saying
    what kind of image are we giving the world of oyr country
    we on that slope heading into a dictatorship like cuba , venezuela and some of these african countries
    dominicans better open their eyes bcuz there is no coming back from this cliff

  29. Away
    November 19, 2014

    I strongly believe that the democratic process in our lovely Dominica is being hijacked. That’s ridiculous. There will be all kind of dead people voting this time around again. No need to go see the series: “Living dead”, on your screens or at the theater it will be live and direct on polling day. It’s so plain to see how skerro and charlo have fooled the nation into believing that some sort of ID card would have been put in place before the electoral process came around, but up to today no one has received anything as close to an ID card. Shame on you so called leaders or manipulators of the masses. In my humble opinion the only ID(ing) that took place was skerro shoving down the bitter skinned charlo our presidential throats. Changing his ID from minister to president. All true labourites should remember this man’s brutality against them and then using them to obtain the highest office in the country.

  30. Change is a must
    November 19, 2014

    The members of the Electoral Commission should be ashamed of themselves to allow this…..Gerald Burton, Alick Lawrence, Condwanie Williams ect…History will not be kind to you all….You grown men are lawyers and have an obligation to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica…What are you protecting the government for….What benefits do you gain?
    This is sickening…..you all are just as corrupt as Skerrit or you would have resigned …How do you live with yourselves?
    FOR ONCE DOMINICANS PUT DOMINICA FIRST AND FORGET PARTY ALLIGENCE……THINK OF THE FUTURE OF YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN

    VOTE TEH UWP

  31. Justice
    November 19, 2014

    They are bringing in between dec 1 to 8 in excess of 600 persons transiting through Antigua from st criox,at thomas ,Tortola,at Maarten,Barbados and also from Antigua…I suspect those from Barbados is uwi and usa and Canada…they not chartering flights..they booking the tickets on regular schedule flights.. Lots more coming on seaborne and win air …

  32. Domdom
    November 19, 2014

    This number of voters are impossible. How many Jehovah Witnesses are there in Dominica. They do not register to vote and Do Not Vote. How many people are under 18 years old? How many are DEAD? How many are overseas and can no longer vote. Please, this is Ridiculous, any blind can see through. The list is Bloated. Dominica need a fair election. What is wrong with DEMONSTRATING. DOMINICANS! WAKE UP.

    • UDOHREADYET
      November 19, 2014

      Okay… since you know so much, how many people do YOU think is an acceptable number for eligible voters?
      just make something up that you happy with okay… but watchout there are other people that may disagree with you, either your number too high or too low because Dominica has the largest population of statisticians in the world and everybody know the population is exactly 70,000 and that’s where it will stay forever and the citizenship program, plus DCans living abroad or people that became eligible over the age of 18 in the last 5 years don’t count. So what is you number?

      • God have mercy
        November 19, 2014

        UDOHREADYET: All the people out of Dominica you talking about that are eligible have they been resident for the last five years. You all don’t want to abide by the laws so you make your own to suit your fancy.

  33. Da
    November 19, 2014

    Dominicans are not assertive or aggressive enough. I am sure if Skeritt had decided not to call elections , there would be many of us who will seat home an say or do nothing. We like to seat on our hands and think that other people will do it for us.
    For example, it is an insult to Dominicans, that the Electorial Commission can feel so comfortable to send this so called voters list to an educated populace and knowing that there will be no consequencies to pay.

    • piece of peace
      November 20, 2014

      Are you serious??????

  34. Tri-State Beauty
    November 19, 2014

    All of a sudden wrong is right on Dominica. For a few dollars even people who profess to be Christians including hardcore Adventist are defdefending and making excuses for corruption. These same play to play fantatics want to condemn others and preach salvation.

    The voters list is inflated. Sending a barrel to your family isn’t a right of passage to be used as a voting reason. When did helping your family become something for accolades? Your birthright allows you this unique opportunity within the parameters of the Constitution period. The Constitution is clear follow it and vote. We do it els ewhere. If you are on a green card you pay tax taxes but you can’t vote. Likewise in Canada, the UK etc but you must be a citizen in good standing to vote. Many of the people in the bribery list can’t vote in the US nor Canada. There’s an entire family on the list who live on warfare in Queens. They have gamed the system over the years.I know they don’t send barrels nor money to anyone. I doubt they even know what the person they are being paid to go vote for looks like. How can this be fair?

    I own property, pay taxes on Dominica but I have lived abroad over 5 years consistently and that makes me ineligible as per the Constitution. We respect laws in our adopted homelands but Dominica we feel we can do whatever we want then after elections sit back and slam the very island about being backward. When we know better we ought to do better.

    • UDOHREADYET
      November 19, 2014

      The five year thing is based on how long it took an immigrant to become a US citizen therefore making you ineligible to vote elsewhere. Also you are still a Dominica citizen with a green card or without a green card for as long as you live unless you become a citizen of another country and choose not to have dual citizenship. lastly there’s no way unless you change citizenship that the government of Dominica will know that you live in Bagatelle or Texas, like you said many people have homes/property in both countries registered on their names. Very last what does it matter what the list of eligible voters are its who turns out to vote that matters. Everything else is just hearsay and wishful thinking. Basically UPW people already started to make excuses why they lost… They are going to loose because they are against everything and offer nothing… Lennox would be the George Bush of Dominica. We cannot survive him because Skeritt is already our Obama!!

      • Anonymous
        November 20, 2014

        Stop insulting Obama, Skerrit can’t possible step in his shoes.

  35. Massacre
    November 19, 2014

    This is a big slap in the face of Dominicans to send out a voters list that is greater than that of the population!
    Dominicans, aren’t you all ashamed that this sort of information is all over the international media and yet you all are doing nothing to rufute this bogus info from this lame Gov’t? This is enough to call the Carter Center to visit Dominica this very moment.
    It seems like Dominicans will take anything that is shoved down their throats.

  36. Its Simple
    November 19, 2014

    It is simple…if you do not pay taxes in a land, you cannot vote there. In the USA, all citizens MUST pay taxes and can thus (under that country’s laws) vote. In Dca, people we do not live on the island and thus do not pay taxes on ALL earnings SHOULD NOT be able to vote!!

  37. Peaches
    November 19, 2014

    Why all this hoopla about over 70,000 voters on list? It’s obvious this includes persons eligible to vote that are residing away as well. Being eligible to vote does not mean one will be voting either because there are persons abroad that certainly won’t be coming down to vote. I know of people who no longer vote but their name is on the list because they are eligible. We also have to keep in mind there are some people who have returned home as well. Keep in mind also a census is an approx. figure. It’s not like there will be 70,000 votes cast on Dec 8th so what is the issue really?

  38. healings
    November 19, 2014

    my dear friend stop complaining the fact that there are about 70000 eligible does say that they are all living in dominica it merely says that there are about 70000 Dominicans who are over eighteen and are registered across the globe some workers some labour some papy so wont vote some are floating so dont get frightened by the figures go out and do your thing.

    reflexiones

  39. Eyeballs
    November 19, 2014

    Burst my eyes if all you want….but with a population of about 70,000 persons from ages 0 to 100+, how comes all of a sudden 72, 482 persons are registered to vote? Was a census was carried out recently which I am unaware of and there are more people living in Dominica? Are kids below the age of 18 eligible to vote?
    I am going to contact the IRS in the U.S eh. I heard they gave some people in the U.S tickets to go down to vote.

  40. Anonymous
    November 19, 2014

    I have not lived in Dominica for the pass 30 years. I just send barrels. I hope my name is not on that list nor my husband.

  41. famalay
    November 19, 2014

    my father dead my mother dead I want them to b out of that list pleas that dlp have to go dominica am in d us pleas vote them out pleas do it for your self and for dominica pleas

  42. Listening
    November 19, 2014

    wow only in my Dominica these nonsense would happen. We are making history, with our voters and population numbers. heads should roll, but again in my Dominica anything goes. Lord help us.!!!

  43. optimistic
    November 19, 2014

    the list showed over 70,000 voters, over the past couple elections less than 40,000 people voted – the individuals from the diaspora coming to vote are supporters of both red and blue – so what is the big issue except that one side makes it look as if its the other side getting all the votes. I wonder which party started that, it was good then its good now. disgruntled because its not working out for u presently

  44. Affa
    November 19, 2014

    Nothing new here, this is not unique to D/a. Even in the US the Repubs try different ways to manipulate the voter list and voter registration, geared towards eliminating the disadvantaged minorities and older folks who are more likely to vote for the Dems. It’s not the Govt’s fault but the commission that get paid to clean the list. Either way Linton will still win a few extra seats for his party and I hope they help legalize marijuana in the process, a win win for voters!

    • Annon
      November 20, 2014

      I like that, whatever the outcome…. ‘Legalize marijuana’.

  45. jjj
    November 19, 2014

    Obviously this proves that peopole are brought in from outside to vote. Or people who do not live in Dominica are still registered.

    The population is around 72000. The electoral office needs to look at the actual numbers again.

    This is such a big joke.

  46. November 19, 2014

    The message Mr Skerrit is sending is , I can do what I want when I want and you can’t do a thing. UWP if you are anything stand your ground even if it means no election or a late election. Change the date.God not sleeping.

  47. John-3-16
    November 19, 2014

    What an Embarrassment to the country,

  48. Ind. candidate
    November 19, 2014

    I smell corruption.

  49. November 19, 2014

    Mr Skerrit Dominica is not yours and you are not God. Equal rights and justice in Dominica. People are seeing what you are all about a big pretender in it for your own gain. A sad sad sad day in Dominica. Christian council please intervien in the name of peace. 1 Dominica 1 people 1 democracy

  50. November 19, 2014

    Look trouble in Dominica, MI deba Dominik…it seems alot of Dominicans lived overseas came down registered to vote.

  51. Hate liars
    November 19, 2014

    labourrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr another term in the house! uwp is history. lennox should go and apply to work in our new coffee plant in portsmouth maybe he can wash coffee for the time being.

  52. Anonymous
    November 19, 2014

    We all must take responsibility to vet the list within our communities and raise objections where names that should not be on the list appears. This is not just a function of the opposition.

  53. November 19, 2014

    I am going out today to watch that list because i know my grand mother die over 23 years my aunty is out of state for more than 20 years even she is sending barrel dont make her a qualify voter this person have not visited us for over 7 years, I want to seeeeeee that list today god bless DOMINICA

    • A Doubting Thomas
      November 19, 2014

      I am going to check the list too as soon as I arrive. it is something we should do to make sure our name is on the list. When I come down to vote my name should be there.

      Even if my dead Mother name is on the list. I am sure she will not be there to cast her vote. I am not concerned that her name is there. If my name is not there, then I would be concerned.

      Every day people are dying so the Voters List must have some dead people name on it.

    • Anonymous
      November 19, 2014

      Why would you waste time looking for your dead grandmother on the list when you know she will be there? How will she vote when each party has agents and all agents know every body in the constituency? If an alive person votes as your granny when they will not be able to vote as themselves because they will already be marked so its still one vote, but that just cant happen unless UWP agents are fools, then they need not be agents. Why you keep embarrassing yourselves online by repeating every junk and jokes politicians say to score points? sTuypes people like you can never make a proper voting decision. :mrgreen:

    • Peace
      November 19, 2014

      Then file your objection and move on. I think the education session would do you good. Stupes

    • La Terre
      November 19, 2014

      Come back here and let us know what you find out. I am curious.

      • whoistoblame
        November 19, 2014

        me too

    • @LIGHT
      November 19, 2014
    • justice
      November 19, 2014

      look for some names for me plz can bring back

    • Is this reallyChange
      November 19, 2014

      Then do as advised by the commission. Utilize the objection process. All we do is just talk, talk, talk and don’t do what we are suppose to do and blame others.

    • UDOHREADYET
      November 19, 2014

      dude if your family passed away before becoming citizens of another country or passed away in another country, you’re supposed to inform the government of their deaths. Even if your aunt lives in marigot or California and she is not a US citizen she can still be an eligible voter especially if she has property in her name in DA regardless of where she chooses to dwivay too. She is still a Dominican citizen, your opinion on things doesn’t change the facts.

  54. JimmyNCrik
    November 19, 2014

    where else in the world that the registered voters are more than the population.and what is the population of those under the age of 18 years in Dominica.Something has to be WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG

    • christon
      November 19, 2014

      yes for real how comes dominica have all that people who are eligible to vote?? it doe have people under 18 in dominica man? huh skerite and his administration are stealing the general election .WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!! WAKE UP , WE CANNOT AFFORD FOR THAT CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE TO RUN AGAIN FOR 5 MORE YEAR? ALL YOU CRAZY, I HEAR SKERITE HAVE 72 MILLION DOLLARS IN AN OFFSHORE BANK !! ALLYOU WANT MR TO SAVE MORE MONEY ON ALL YOU VOTE AND ALL YOU POOR.

    • Just Observing
      November 19, 2014

      The law is what guides our actions in this regard. If we have difficulty with then let us say so and promise to change the law when the opportunity provides itself. To direct our frustration at the government without speaking to the law is mischievous.

    • patat
      November 19, 2014

      Well those U.W.P. agents at their respective polling stations must be very stupid, stupid, stupid in not knowing the people who are dead or alive.

    • What???
      November 19, 2014

      This will occur as long as there are voters residing outside of the country. It makes a lot of sense because we all know that there are more Dominican residing outside of DA. It’s no surprise that these peoples names are still on the voters list so what the big deal. If you are a UWP supporter outside of DA I suggest you stay where you are and obey your novice leader but if you are a DLP supporter you should come home and exercise your democratic right since the constitution allows it. End of story!!!

      • sot
        November 19, 2014

        well if the prime minister wanted fair elections alot of things would of been put in place; election ID cards and updating the election list

    • angel
      November 19, 2014

      zimbabwé or should we say mugababwé

    • November 19, 2014

      I think it was a typographical error.

    • Is this reallyChange
      November 19, 2014

      Your population may not be truly reflected by the census carried out. For example several people have returned to Dominica from studying and living abroad. Though I am not in Dominica but I am still entitled to vote as such my name is on the list.

    • amy
      November 19, 2014

      It’s no type error, it’s stealing votes, they should be held accountable and prison because it’s a crime.its playing with people freedom, some people fought and died for that freedom

      • Barbara Saunders
        November 19, 2014

        Amy

        You are so right, the freedom of people who are registered to vote and can vote legally even if they reside outside of Dominica is also being played with after people fought and died for their freedom too.

        I have so many friends who are American citizens living outside the United States of America who make arrangements to go to a US country anywhere close to them to vote then return to their country of residence. They are also doing so legally. If it is the US that we are making our role model what are we talking about?

  55. CYRIL Volney
    November 19, 2014

    Votes Cast 1995 37,563
    Votes Cast 2000 36,264
    Votes Cast 2005 36,891
    Votes Cast 2009 37,913

    So, what’s the big deal?

    • Not that Dominican
      November 19, 2014

      And that how we know you voting Skerrit. When things are wrong, say it’s wrong or just vote your Skerrit and done. I mean the guy can come in your house, steal all your money, and you’d say “Well, its his money anyway”. SMH.
      I guess if Dimitri was on the voters list it would be ok with you too.

    • Mamizoo
      November 19, 2014

      Really Cyril what is the big deal.? Cyril one illegal vote constitutes a violation of our entire Democracy. Cyril where s your conscience; how can people like you sit by so casually and condone the blatant act of malfeasance.
      It does not take an academic scholar not even a high school graduate to figure out what is going on.

    • by the school
      November 19, 2014

      The big deal is that if there are illegal votes cast, they they are then hidden in a voters list that reflects more voters than the population. That is as obvious as a nose on a face.

    • Anonymous
      November 19, 2014

      They have nothing to campaign on so they are making up all kinds of children stories and propaganda who are they trying to fool every candidate will have a representative at every polling station. The statements that are been made one would believe foreigners are the ones supervising the elections. Oh please UWPEEEEE get something else to campaign on LABOUR……….

    • Mamizoo
      November 19, 2014

      It is heart breaking when I see comments like this coming from the so called intellects. Cyril it was not right then and it s not right now.
      One thing I know for sure that no matter how smart ,educated or enlightened a person the truth is better whether or not it comes from an infant, imbecile , hearing impaired, sight impaired and even the wicked.

      How an good peope sit by and allw Wrong and evil to go by and to even condone evil and darkness.

    • CYRIL Volney
      November 19, 2014

      There was a time when BLACK PEOPLE could not vote. There was a time when WOMEN could not vote. There was a time when you had to own property to vote. Our ancestors fought the good fight to entrench adult suffrage in our democratic constitutions, and it supersedes any limitations. Why would anyone think that the Dominican Diaspora should have their right to vote limited?

      You have to be on the voters list to vote, and your ID is examined. I had to put myself back on the voters list recently, when I returned from the Diaspora. We do not have the mechanism in place for absentee voting. If you see fraud, report it, and prove it!

    • Shameless
      November 19, 2014

      The big deal is the population decreased and voters increased or remains constant. We used to have 83000 people…remember?? The second issue is the bribery aspect where DLP is paying for tickets and even have the guts to do it from our embassies in NY and London. Further, our UN Ambassador was personally handing out tickets on behalf of DLP in Jersey :twisted: .

      I can tell you I have two family members coming from Houston Texas (tickets in hand already) on the 7th to vote and I am determined to prevent them from doing so. The guy from Castle Bruce (Loreen Bannis Cousin) and the girl from Laplaine (Red Skin 8) ) have given at least 5 people tickets I am aware of and we will be waiting on them -to greet them nicely 8) 8) 8) – including the very ones dishing out the tickets. Hence another reason why Change Is A Must!

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :twisted:

      • Barbara Saunders
        November 19, 2014

        Shameless

        You are waiting to greet a Dominican coming to his home nicely? I hope that those coming are not also planning to greet people like you nicely. Think carefully of the implications my friend!

    • Why
      November 19, 2014

      Just politics, no more than 40,000 people will vote at the upcoming election. Many of the people on the list are either dead or not available to vote, again much ado about nothing.

    • November 19, 2014

      The big deal is you cannot have more voters than the population, especially a population that includes children.

    • Is this reallyChange
      November 19, 2014

      I agree. All these talk for nothing. Take a look at the facts with all these voter fraud that they are talking about. Just spreading propaganda.

  56. Papa Dom
    November 19, 2014

    It is my view that every voter should re register once within the five years between each election. So that for example once this election is over, from 9th Dec. till the next election cycle everyone should register. This gives all those who desire to participate in electoral process, including those who reside abroad, an opportunity to register. This is however conditioned on having a fixed date for election.

    • A Doubting Thomas
      November 19, 2014

      Why would this be done only for Dominica? What is wrong with us? Since I was legally able to cast my first ballot many years ago in the country where I reside, my name has never been removed from the Voters List.

      Why should we be different in Dominica? Every year or voting year, there would be new voters, immigrants becoming citizens and those reaching the voting age. So I would think the voters list is always being updated.

      What is our own responsibility as a family member to remove the name of a dead relative from the Voters List? Can we do that? If I am running in a constituency as a Candidate in an upcoming election, do I have any responsibility to know who is dead in my constituency? Do I go to that person funeral?

      What I am trying to say is this; if there are any dead people on the voters lists no one person or entity is to blame because the blame can be spread around evenly.

      Good Luck to all the Candidates who will be nominating today. After today, we will know who are the people seeking our votes and those who we believe deserve our important X not many of them we’ve been listening over the last 5 years deserve our Special Important ‘X’.

      I am not an undecided voter. I know who will be getting my vote, but some people are still making up their minds and I hope they have been listening and getting to know their own candidate and which party they would like to see in government and most importantly which leader of the parties would make a better Prime Minister for Dominica.

      Good Luck to all the Candidates. Some will lose and some will win come December 8th. I pray we as Dominicans make the right choice.

    • Peace
      November 19, 2014

      That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read on DNO! And People actually like that comment??? Where else in the world do people re-register to vote between elections?? Some of you are incredibly ridiculous

      • Anonymous
        November 19, 2014

        Hahahaha this just goes to show how little you know.

    • November 19, 2014

      No, not re-register, but UPDATED.

  57. November 19, 2014

    You guys trying to be funny to your readers.this figures is not accurate.

  58. JimmyNCrik
    November 19, 2014

    well well the electoral list is 105% of the Dominica population .Its a shame that a head of commission can get paid and post that .

    • ah ha
      November 19, 2014

      According to the Commission, “The Electors List reflects the fact that Dominica’s elections laws provide for continuous registration and strict procedures as to the manner in which any registered elector may be removed from the register.

  59. November 19, 2014

    I thought the population in Dominica was 70.000.00.so population have grown then, so the last census it seems ages below 18 were not included then, because you most be 18years and older to allowed to vote, please give us the correct figures.

    • POP
      November 19, 2014

      In this case the voters list cannot be related to the population as many registered voters have migrated or perhaps was not available for the last census, also many voters have died and still remain on the list. That has always been the situation. What should be done is that a more efficient method should be used to get dead people off the list.

    • @LIGHT
      November 19, 2014
  60. 897
    November 19, 2014
    • Change
      November 19, 2014

      And according to that same sitesome 15,000 are between the ages of 0-14 so let’s hear your point….guess u didn’t watch the break down of age range and what percentage of the population they make up….21% of the population is made up off persons under the age of 15

  61. Zuma
    November 19, 2014

    Each of you go around your villages and count he number of residents of voting age. This will occupy you all for sometime.. Before election is called.. Get your facts before your feud.

  62. ti mama
    November 19, 2014

    so d population just increase in one month realllllllllllly so everybody dominica voting man boy look nonsense so they really taking us for domies in a can.come better than dat all u cant fool the ppl all the time ppl fedup my brother change is a must :-D :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • November 19, 2014

      Do not forget all the new citizens who purchased passports, and all the Haitians and Santo Domingos that are there. They may also be included on the list. God is not asleep.

  63. rol
    November 19, 2014

    This is crazy, I hope on election day they don’t come out and say we had a 100% turn out.

  64. BRAIN DAMAGE
    November 19, 2014

    Skerrit gave POLICE minus ZERO PERCENT INCREASE!
    Skerrit gave PUBLIC SERVANTS minus ZERO PERCENT INCREASE!

    Now voters population increased by 100%.

    Remember that POLICE, REmember that SERVANTS

    Remember that DOMINICANS, Vote SKERRIT OUT. Vote them out.

  65. Mind your Mind
    November 19, 2014

    Please sign this petition, lets do whatever we can to regain some common sense and respectability in our electoral system:

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/free-and-fair-elections-for-the-commonwealth-of/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=button

  66. time will tell
    November 19, 2014

    My Word!!! Don’t you people understand written English? It says more than 70 000 people are eligible to vote . That does not mean they are in Dominica. More than 70, 000 people have a right to vote in Dominica’s election wherever they may be. I’m sure more than half of these people live overseas and most of them support the UWP. anyway. Just check the online posts. Many of them will be coming to cast their votes for workers. I know what i’m talking about.

  67. Padded heavily
    November 19, 2014

    Thought DA had a pop of 60K and 2/3’s were under 18yrs.Then there are the various religious bodies who don’t vote plus Rasta who don’t. Other who are mentaly ill and don’t have a clue which way is up.( there are many fou calm too ) lol! So Mr. chief Electoral Officer Mr. Charles/Burton whoever is ur …………………….. the conclusion is serious padding of the list with those who came down on vacation ej Miami organized by ur party and Pecker the partner for Skrit in Jersey The ex-mayors peeps in Bridgeport CT to name but three agents location the list without padding would be like 20k.
    Look corruption lap tops , money, duty free, houses ,jobs even it just to sit in an office doing nada.Sewo is the formula employed by the DFP strays posing as DLP in name only. LINO

  68. Jaime Lewis
    November 19, 2014

    What a shame and a disgrace. The list should be published and people whose names are on the list and they know that they are not eligible to vote because they have not been living in Dominica for the past 5 years should voluntarily submit their names for removal. We should allow honesty to prevail.
    Shame on the Electoral Commission for allowing this travesty to occur. They should have been working diligently for electoral reform. Shame! Shame! Shame! What a disgrace!

  69. Jackie
    November 18, 2014

    Only in Dominica. Magwe’ DA. Everyone in DA voting so why did we have to register. Labour still won’t win.God is in control

  70. God bless
    November 18, 2014

    This should be an eye opener if we over look this that means we agree with what is been told to us this count looks in correct and should be reviewed by an independent international comity before the elections there is still time to do so .

  71. Overseas
    November 18, 2014

    How can there be over 70,000 why are ppl DAT don’t live home be allowed yo come home to vote.they don’t feel the pain that we feel that is wrong on all level because after they help to put the people in misery they go babl to their life’s

  72. November 18, 2014

    seriously. I mean let’s be real people. can we take a step back and look at this picture. how on earth can you have more registered voters than the entire population ? can we for one second open our eyes to the truth. it is staring us right in our faces and yet we are too blind to see. it is obvious that this government is intent on stealing this election. power breeds greed and greed breeds corruption. for much too long we as a people has been blinded to the truth that this government has not been a government for the masses but a govern for a few. by that I mean that this government has been all about themselves and I don’t see that changing any time soon unless we as a nation decides it is indeed time for change. people sometimes are afraid of change because we are afraid of uncertainty, we are afraid to try something new. but we will never know if something better lies ahead if we are not willing to take that chance. wake up my people, wake up. the time has come for we as a people to stand up for what is right and show the world that we stand for something. we cannot allow our country to be held hostage anymore. some may say that politicians are all the same so why vote for change? well let me put it this way. people who are in power for too long becomes complacent, arrogant, greedy, corrupt, and develop dictatorial tendencies. I am more than willing to give someone else a chance and if I don’t like what I see after five years vote for change. love for my country is what drove me to write this piece, so please people for love of country I implore you to vote for change. A Patriotic DOMINICAN.

    • Anonymous
      November 19, 2014

      Typical Dominicans. Lets not jump to conclusions here

    • WHO VEX VEX
      November 19, 2014

      Lol
      I got friends that leave Dominica n goes to the US and vote, they have their rite.
      my dad got business in Dominica, lives in the us, he pays his taxes like any other Dominican and got employees here, So does he or does he not have the rite to vote.

      • Lang Mama
        November 19, 2014

        The word is right. Some of us like to make comparison only when it is convenient to our biases but we are a country under our own laws. One thing for sure you won’t hear Americans bicker about which Americans should or cannot vote based on residency. The law must be applied with impartiality.

      • Honest Dominican
        November 19, 2014

        That’s not the point. Honestly, I think we should have absentee ballots for people like me and your dad who reside abroad to vote. And yes, we both have businesses back home and employ people, so whe should be participating in excercising our freedom and democracy in our Island. In as much as I would like to purchase a ticket to come home to vote, I cannot because the law states that I have to be living in Dominica for at least 6 consecutive months to be eligible to vote.
        I just do not understand why is it that we who reside in the US know dam well that while we were greencard holders we were not allowed to vote in General Elections, otherwise our asses would be either jailed or fined and we are disobeying the laws of Dominica. Skerrit said Dominica is not a country anyway and he said ‘No law, no constitution cannot stop him”. I hope this changes when the new incoming prime minister takes office. Under the Skerrit administration, I have zero confidence that this will change because he is not even in favor of cleaning up the voters list.

      • Is this reallyChange
        November 19, 2014

        Honest dominican where you get your stats of 6 months?

    • WHO VEX VEX
      November 19, 2014

      Why should we always have backward thinking.

      PLEAS READ

      Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) is a nonpartisan[3] non-profit voter assistance organization that helps American citizens overseas and in the military participate in elections. These voters’ rights are protected under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). OVF was founded in 2005.

      Mission
      To facilitate and increase participation of overseas and military absentee voters by providing public access to user-friendly, Internet-based voter services. The primary objective is to make it easier for all Americans residing around the world, and all military and dependents residing outside their home jurisdiction, to stay active in elections for which they are eligible.

      • November 19, 2014

        So setting have money to place huge billboards like it Dca is time square. He get money to to send for international artiste. So he couldn’t get money to have electoral reform. Bel ti bef. Change is a must!!

      • Eyeballs
        November 19, 2014

        Because Americans who vote don’t give up their American passports nor carry dual citizenship , which is why they can vote as absentees

      • Fed Up #1
        November 19, 2014

        It really irks me when we choose to imitate America when it is convenient. For your information, US citizens are obligated by law to file taxes and pay income taxes no matter where in the world their income is earned. Obviously then, given that stipulation, they should have the right to vote. Before you go comparing the situation in Dominica to the US, please just take some time to think about that fact.

      • Straight Talk
        November 19, 2014

        What is the point you are making regarding absentee voting? This is not America. Dominican citizens living abroad for less than 5 years are eligible but Dominicans who are American citizens are not. And does Dominica have an army? All theses people coming back to vote are they in the army?

      • November 19, 2014

        The American laws are not the same as ours, although we should have the same rights.

    • Anonymous
      November 19, 2014

      was wondering the same thing. what is our population’s number?

    • Zuma
      November 19, 2014

      Some people are down right silly. Are you aware of the term CENSUS… Also persons who have migrated have returned to Da… What really is your fear.. Educate yourself on certain issues before you open your mouth. Secondly persons who were not eligible due to age could not vote in the past however they most probably can .. This time

    • seriously
      November 19, 2014

      patriotic my foot……if u were thenu wouldnt make that ignorant satement……past voters which include persons who now reside overseas are still on the list…..idiot

    • @LIGHT
      November 19, 2014

      i been off the island for four years now, should they take me off the list too?

  73. Duncekyat
    November 18, 2014

    I suspect dat 72k include all resident cats and dogs. So my Rover coming wid me to de polling station garcon. Allyu better have a ballot ready for my furry constituent. Woof, woof… change is a must! :) :-D :wink:

    • Hate liars
      November 19, 2014

      use condoms be safe.

  74. Straight
    November 18, 2014

    The Electotal Commission Head should be fired! He isn’t doing his job. A basic cleaning of the list you couldn’t do. Please don’t make the excuse that you don’t have resources Nonsense ! The village council around the island could easily have helped you. Fire mister !

    • agreed
      November 18, 2014

      Fired????? You are a very nice person. What is happening here is nothing short of criminal. Trust me it isn’t fire to fire a criminal, its jail time.

    • Padded heavily
      November 19, 2014

      Firing him is too mild a punishment for aiding corruption.
      Firing squad is my recommendation. Isis would without taking a deep breath.

  75. Oh No
    November 18, 2014

    The Electoral Commission appears to leave it up to the inadequacies of the law as excuses for it’s inaction, lack of initiative and gross ineffectiveness in this society. It’s been tainted by the powers that be and it’s sheer lack of respect to the population , particularly those who question their actions and inactions. The Commission has never adequately addressed the issues brought o it over the years such as the size, the cleansing, the authenticity of the list, the ineligible voters among other issues. Over 70,000 eligible voters? This electoral system and process are skewed and the trajectory has been flawed for a while. My only wish is that the qualified voters are vindicated by free and fair elections. Of course, the opposition party has been campaigning for fair elections or something close to it. The task seems huge and for us perhaps unattainable. Some of us are literally afraid that overseas voters may accentuate the gross misconduct which has become acceptable at general election time.

    Therefore, the Commssion in my opinion is useless and appears to serve as an accomplice in accommodating a corrupt electoral process. It should be dismantled after the election and revised. Let us see how many of the total number of voters will cast their ballots.

    • Is this reallyChange
      November 19, 2014

      You guys are just using this to fuel your political agenda. Take a look at the stats on the voting population in the last 5 years. This is a none issue just being used as propaganda.

  76. A Doubting Thomas
    November 18, 2014

    So if you are in the American or British Army for 15 or more years would your name not be on the Voters Lists? Those of us who lived in the US. have any of us hear of Absentees Voters?

    Then why do some Dominicans like to make us look so ill informed. Don’t we know by now that once you are registered voter and your name is on the list you are entitled to vote?

    • Dorival John
      November 18, 2014

      Indeed you are ill informed. According to the law of Dominica if you have been living away from Dominica for over 5 years you are no longer eligible to vote and your names should be scrapped from the list.

      • Informant
        November 19, 2014

        If I am not mistaken, this would not apply to people who have been back within those five years.

      • CYRIL Volney
        November 19, 2014

        Well, my name had been removed from the voters list. When I returned to live in DA, I had to reapply to get my name back on the list. I would suggest that Dominicans who want to vote make sure that their name remains on the list. In the absence of “absentee balloting”, why not? You do not renounce your citizenship because you live abroad. Just as many Workers as Labour supporters living abroad. Now, show some RESPECT to the Diaspora.

      • A Doubting Thomas
        November 19, 2014

        The Voters List could have even been more considering the amount of persons living in the Diaspora who are eligible to vote if only they could or took the time to register.

        In my opinion the Voters List could have had even more qualified voters. So what is the problem? None! Now in the number of voters on the list, how many will actually go to the Polling Station and cast their vote? Only on the night of December 8th we will know. I am sure all of the 70+ voters on the list will not vote come Polling Day.

        I hear the UWP has already said even before the elections have taken place, they are planning to do the only other thing we have grown accustomed to from them that they do well, filing court cases.

        Mind you, not planning to win the elections because we have not seen how ready they are; no billboards or manifesto before nomination day; but are planning to file a court case after the elections when they lose. smh.

    • Change
      November 19, 2014

      In the us all,persons vying for office have debates why don’t u advocate the same for dominica….u labourites are too biased…only seem to reference America when it suits u guys….in America public officials go to jail for curuption why don’t u advocate the same be done here…all the scandals that have taken place within this government in America they would be lost in a prison cell in dominica ppl like u come to their defence…stop ur none sense…

    • me
      November 19, 2014

      The diaspora do not live the results of the election on a day to day basis. Be careful who you put in power as these people are suffering.

    • Fed Up #1
      November 19, 2014

      If you are so well informed, are you also aware that Dominicans are not required to file taxes or pay taxes on income earned overseas? Additionally, the laws of Dominica are different from the US or UK. Persons who reside overseas for more than 5 years should be deleted from the voters list according to our laws.

  77. Still
    November 18, 2014

    We act like we are so surprised by the number of registered voters. There are thousands of Dominicans residing overseas who are legally able to vote. It is those same people who send money down regularly, they visit their families, they send barrels at Christmas. If they meet the requirements why should their name be removed from the list. Are we saying that once you leave the country you should not be allowed to vote?

    • Forever Amber
      November 18, 2014

      As long as you have visited Dominica during the last five years before the election date you are eligible to vote. If away for more than five years you are NOT eligible, even if your name is still on the list. THAT IS THE LAW. This is clear enough, isn’t it? Just abide by the law.

    • Liberty
      November 19, 2014

      Yes the requirements that you have lived outside the island for 5years or moreRemoves you from the list.Not you may visit on holiday.Thats not living here.Should Dominicans who pay no tax or have to live under the Elected government have the power to Elect the goverment?To Have to send money or barrels to support family on the island tells the real story.

    • Eagle eye
      November 19, 2014

      What sort that.. All u going at those food pantry and get those caned foods for free and send it in barrels for all u family and saying all u sending barrels… Wth.. Try paying some income tax on the your gross income and then u can come and vote

      • Parrot Eye
        November 19, 2014

        Maybe so on Bird Island but the laws of Dominica allow for persons living abroad to engage in the electoral process.

      • Star
        November 19, 2014

        You to stupid Eagle eye. When I send down food for my family is not by any pantry I went to get it for free and even if it was for free, the fact remains that food was sent down!!! Well my name on the list when I come down to vote let somebody tell me I cannot vote. The way you all going on is like no workers supporter coming down to vote. Sets of Hypocrites!!!!!!!!!

      • Still
        November 19, 2014

        It is people like you who will keep your party from winning the election. Instead of trying to bring up valid arguments you prefer to attempted insults. If you would take the time to read you would have noticed that I said people who are legally eligible to vote. Not every dog and cat. Oh and if your family needs to go to the food bank to send you food them im sorry for your pain

    • CYRIL Volney
      November 19, 2014

      Agreed 100%

      • CYRIL Volney
        November 19, 2014

        I agree 100% with STILL, not Eagle Eye!

    • Eyeballs
      November 19, 2014

      Send me a ticket and I will come down to vote. Add me to the list. People got free tickets, why not me? I’m Dominican too

    • The truth
      November 19, 2014

      I believe that once you accept citizenship in another country which does not recognize dual citizenship, then you should not be allowed to vote. Remember, those who are naturalized us citizens upon taking the oath, have to renounce their original citizenship, and are then considered nationals of their country of birth.

      • November 20, 2014

        let me respond to that statement made by the truth. being a naturalized citizen of the US does not mean you are no longer a Dominican citizen. first of all if you examine that very American passport you are referring to you will see that it list the individuals country of birth. also remember in the event that that individual commits a serious crime he or she is sent to their country of birth. no where else. so when you make that statement about no longer being a citizen of their country of birth why are they being deported back home. America does not deport their citizens so obviously there is something wrong with that picture. being a naturalized citizen only means that you get to enjoy certain freedoms entitled for Americans. remember they are still referred to as foreign nationals and a naturalized citizen cannot become president of the united states no matter if you came to America at the age of one month. more over they do not care if you carry an American passport and a passport of your country of birth. It is suggested that you refrain from carrying two passports but almost never enforced. why is that you might ask. well when an American takes up citizenship of another country they are not forced denounce America and as a matter of fact America would come to their rescue in a heartbeat if need be.

  78. Truth and Justice
    November 18, 2014

    Seriously, the UWP should refuse to participate in the election, unless the electoral list is made clean.

    • blah
      November 18, 2014

      And who cares?

    • JimmyNCrik
      November 19, 2014

      Nonsense. Can’t let them people win by default. Electoral Commission, Justice System ,CCJ, International Observers. All of them is nonsense. You think they going to help you? Man. Get real. Skerrrit pay them or they too afraid to do anything.
      Vote him out ourselves. No more recounting ballots 7 times.

      • poitbureau
        November 19, 2014

        lol.all sides have the right to recounts , 100`s of them if so desired there, is no limit in law to the number of recounts.

    • Eyeballs
      November 19, 2014

      Like they innocent. Ask those who got free tickets to come down to vote

  79. youth
    November 18, 2014

    Lol lol d whole of Dominica voting.. Dead ppl, teenagers and babies wop wop.. Baby hold the pen I tell u!!!!

  80. Poison
    November 18, 2014

    There is more than 70,000 living overseas and many is eligible to vote…what’s the big deal.

    • coyote
      November 19, 2014

      you are an idiot there is no point trying to debate with you.typical Labourite.

      • me
        November 19, 2014

        I think this election is going to be down to how many ignorant people there are in DA vs the informed and those who can accept the truth. Voting for Labour just because your parents did and your grandparents did is not a reason to vote for them. The country is going down the drain more every day. I know people who are planning to leave the island if this doesn’t go the right way. They don’t want to be standing with their calabash to collect a handout of rice and then pass Dominica’s version of ‘Ceausescu’s People’s Palace’ on the way home. (The palace encrusted in gold in Romania, that was built whilst the nationals starved.)

    • Rastalove
      November 19, 2014

      Poison your name speaks volumes. ..you need to read a book.

  81. Trembling Boots
    November 18, 2014

    What about Christmas Holiday. I go to DNO and all I see is politics. I don’t know if people have politics fever or the polli-tick. It is so sad that we forget our major holiday which is celebrated highly in Dominica. When it comes to Christmas this is the best time for us. I boast about it with my friends. They cant believe that we do all this celebration. I think the PM should be ashamed of himself to call election on Dec. 8th. I know some relatives are going to make enemies with each other. Christmas and the new year is going to be a sad one. Common sense will tell u that’s not right. Right now am trembling in my boots because I know how some people are very ignorant. Please don’t fight or throw words for each other. Walk away or run fast if u see trouble coming. Watch your words, they maybe come action. Don’t let politics get u all mess up. Cast your ballot and don’t say a word. Thanks

    • ?????????
      November 18, 2014

      Simply go somewhere else…..christas is from dec 9th

    • Voice
      November 18, 2014

      why don’t you tell the politicians in power to stop calling elections around the Christmas season? this is the second time a row wicked bastards.

    • sot
      November 19, 2014

      well thanks to our prime minister there wont be christmas this year for many

  82. November 18, 2014

    wow,more registered voters than population.No under 18 resides in Dominica.they say 72,301 adults living in Dominica and all a them will be voting plus the 100+to make up the 72,484 will be coming by air.

  83. Looking In
    November 18, 2014

    DNO, is there a way that you all can get a list of the registered and publish it so we can see? I would like to see if my grand parents and parents names are still on the list. They are dead longtime ago. Or if there is somewhere I can go look it up, please let me know. Thank you.

    • Anonymous
      November 18, 2014

      I want to see too.

  84. November 18, 2014

    On the midnight of May 14 2011, the total population of Dominica numbered to be 71,293. This is according to the national census of 2011. Three yrs later on an eve of an election the electoral commission issues a voters list which is the same size as that of the country’s population.
    Question:
    How can a voters list be an equivalent to that of its population?
    Given an account of the people below the age of 18 yrs Who are not eligible to vote.
    Given an account the numbers of deaths each year
    Given an account the number of persons who have migrated and remained out of the country for more than five years.

    Advocating for free and fair elections.

    • Anonymous
      November 18, 2014

      Which just goes to show that the DLP plans on cheating. The election should be postponed until January after this list has been cleaned up to reflect only eligible voters.

    • Is this reallyChange
      November 19, 2014

      Why didn’t ask for an account of the people who become eligible to vote within that time? You are guys are so bias aimed only at spreading propaganda.

      • November 19, 2014

        And your point. Even if we give an account of persons eligible to vote between 2011 n 2014. Which averages BTW 2900 New voters.There can never be an electoral list within the same range as the population. Because the commission has to look at migration and number of deaths per year and subtract that from the electoral list. Let common sense prevail.

  85. Listening!
    November 18, 2014

    Population 72,301

    Voters list 72,484

    no children, no dead people, nobody out for 5yrs or more

    What a sham!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  86. Shameless
    November 18, 2014

    The ONLY country in the world that the entire population is eligible to vote. Even Goo-Goo-Ga-Ga will be voting! This place along with the electoral commission have gone insane and we will NOT have any of this dictatorship. Wake up Dominicans, wake up for those who fail to act today will be the first to fall tomorrow. Another reason why Change Is A Must!

    Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :twisted:

    • Anonymous
      November 19, 2014

      That should read that the voting list is as large as the population. Now if you did go to school and did not drop out like Lennox, you would have known why this is so, right? :mrgreen:

  87. G Henry Williams
    November 18, 2014

    That is more than the population of Dominica. That show the weakness of the UWP party to agree to a General election with a bloted election list. Don’t know of any other country in the world such a thing would happen. After a recomedation for a new voters list was recomended by the observers after last General Elections. “Only in Dominica”

    • Too Hard Too Long
      November 19, 2014

      Check the statistics of other countries voters list before you make such a comment.

  88. Baby G
    November 18, 2014

    72,301 at the 2014 Census

    • ?????????
      November 18, 2014

      We had a cencus dis yr???? Aa

  89. NYFAM
    November 18, 2014

    My goodness!!! Skerrit win already. All those extra people coming home to vote? Mi Daybah.

  90. oh lawd
    November 18, 2014

    skerrit you are right you should have said 100,00 people are eligible….like really people and thats acceptable to dominicians.

  91. Mathematician
    November 18, 2014

    Som Ting Wang. 72,484 eligible voters? more voters than the number of persons in the last census. All You mad in DA

  92. AA
    November 18, 2014

    Seriousely electoral commission? you people needs to be stoned. you all are as corrupt as the system and people need to take a stand. It seems that you all want vigilante groups to roam the country boy.

    • Shameless
      November 18, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Change Is A Must!

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

    • November 18, 2014

      The institutions which are placed to uphold democracy and advocate for good governance have failed the plp of d/ca. And now its is left to we the people to practice our rights to civil disobedience. For unjust laws and institutional practices breeds a species of violence. Wake up persons in high offices and start to do better, for he who knows better has the moral obligation to do better.

    • Is this reallyChange
      November 19, 2014

      Only the ignorant will talk like that because I am sure that my name is on it and i wasn’t in Dominica when the census was taken.

    • LawieBawie
      November 22, 2014

      Stop talking like idiots please!!! So are you saying that they should strike my name off the list because I don’t live in Dominica? The numbers of voters are large because your siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends who were previously registered but have since migrated are still listed but were not counted in the last census. I really wish that you people would think first and then argue objectively before simply coming to the site and spewing hate.

  93. Da. Population 68000
    November 18, 2014

    That’s the population of Dominica. That means all the googoo gagas will be voting.

    • Shameless
      November 18, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Change Is A Must!

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

    • Bomboclat
      November 18, 2014

      Check goo goo ga ga. One thing for sure he is not hungry and he not poor. He can buy you and sell you.

      • Cheers
        November 19, 2014

        He or they. Who wh=ould like to inherit that sin, you and alibaba.

  94. November 18, 2014

    how can there be 70,000 voters in Dominica /.we only have less than 70, 000 people living in our country what am i hearing where did they get the other voters

    • Shameless
      November 18, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Change Is A Must!

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

    • The Facts
      November 18, 2014

      When last did you personally take a census of Dominica? Do you know, the population of Dominica could be approximately 70,000? Check out the word “approximately”. Therefore, give and take, the population could be more or less. I would think, if not much more, it is more than 70,000. A country’s population never remains stagnant.
      Therefore, whenever you see the word “approximately”, stop and think and look up the meaning of the word.
      I do not think the population of Dominica is exactly 70,000 rounded up. Those who have some degree of basic common sense should know that.
      You must put on your thinking cap. You constantly criticize, ever ready to do so and object but you appear not to be intelligent and to use your basic common sense.

      • Liberty
        November 18, 2014

        And what is your point?At least 50% of the population are under voting age?

      • Straight
        November 18, 2014

        @ The Fact Honestly you should stop commenting. The only thing you do defend nonsense. Dominica cannot have all these people on the voters list. Stop your stupidity !

      • Hmmm
        November 19, 2014

        The Facts , you certainly have a crack. Please, spare me your explanation , as the other blogger said 50% are under age the other 50% divided by about 4 groups are, dead , migrated , eligible to vote or very old cannot see or won’t vote . There is no way on God’s green earth that there are all these eligible voters, MY Mother , her Three brothers , Two sisters have been living overseas for over 35 years and and the last time i check they were still on the list . i know that for a fact because she wanted to come and vote last election so she ask me to check for her and her name was there , and i believe it is still there . My grand father and grandmothers are dead the last time the census was done they were still alive . so even if the population never remain stagnant , there is no way we have all those eligible voters , Check the immigration list to see how many migrations we have had in the last four years . I just don’t now how to explain and digest this one .

    • LawieBawie
      November 22, 2014

      There are allot of people like myself who are registered voters but live in other countries and who would not have therefore been included in the last census thus making the Dominica population census appear far smaller than the number of Dominicans that exist in reality. So although the Dominica population appears to be small, there is a massive list of eligible voters. Personally I have not voted since the mid-eighties when my uncle James Royer was representing the Freedom Party in Salisbury and I don’t think that it is right to come home to vote thereby determining how Dominica’s residents should live and then return to my country of residence the following day.

  95. DRASTIC
    November 18, 2014

    Registered voters more than the population…..this is a joke

    • Shameless
      November 18, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Change Is A Must!

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

  96. Possie Labourite
    November 18, 2014

    So the voters list have more people than the population of Dominica man… very interesting! :lol: :lol: :lol: THAT NOT RIGHT!!!

    • Shameless
      November 18, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Change Is A Must!

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

  97. truth.
    November 18, 2014

    Well, well do we have more voters than our population? Somebody please tell me what is Dominica Population. Sttistic division please help me, thank you.

    • Shameless
      November 18, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Change Is A Must!

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

  98. Anonymous
    November 18, 2014

    Am confused! What is the population of Dominica?

    • Shameless
      November 18, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Change Is A Must!

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

  99. First time voter
    November 18, 2014

    I’m a first time voter and I am voting for the UWP.. I see enough hard time papa.

  100. What!!!
    November 18, 2014

    Our population is about 70,000. From 18 and above is eligible to vote. So every citizen is 18 and above? So babies are allowed to vote then?

    • Shameless
      November 18, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Change Is A Must!

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive!

    • Ms. Educator
      November 19, 2014

      Thank you very much!! I like people who think CRITICALLY.

      • ah ha
        November 19, 2014

        every person who has registered to vote since 1980 unless their names have been duly removed…. Allu people lack comprehension skills

      • Too Hard Too Long
        November 19, 2014

        This is obviously not a critical thinker.

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