A 42-year-old man from the community of Penville has confirmed to Dominica News Online that he will be the candidate to contest the Vieille Case constituency for the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in the up coming general election.
Alex Birmingham will be facing prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, in the race.
He told DNO that the people of the constituency have called him and he has responded.
“The people have called me and I have answered the call … they want me,” he said. “I am very confident …the response is tremendous and big and I can make an impact.”
He also disclosed that he has been meeting with people in the different communities of the constituency and is “all but set” for the task ahead.
But the task ahead could to be a difficult one. Skerrit has dominated the constituency politically since his election as MP in 2000. He was appointed Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports by then prime minister Rosie Douglas. He was later made education minister. He was sworn in as prime minister on January 8, 2004 and has defeated every political opponent that has challenged him.
In the last election, Maynard Joseph was the candidate for the UWP and there was much talk about who it would be for the upcoming poll.
When contacted, president of the UWP, Ezekiel Bazi, did not confirm nor deny the candidacy saying he cannot ‘breach protocol’ on the matter at this time.
“We are working with the people of Vieille Case, Cottage and Mahaut,” he said. “We are well on our way and as soon as the process is completed, we will make that announcement. I can’t breach protocol in this matter … when it is all finalized we will inform the media.”
Bazil further explained that he is on sick leave and basically “out of commission.”
“Rest assured that soon and very soon the announcements will be made,” he remarked.
The constituency consists of the communities of Penville, Thibaud, Vieille Case.
In the 2009 general election, Skerrit got 1,041 votes while Joseph received 148.