President of the Direct Democracy Movement of Dominica Rogatien Ishmael Fontaine says his organization is worried about individuals with dual citizenship who contested the December 18, 2009 general elections.
Fontaine said the Direct Democracy Movement of Dominica will not tolerate any groups, organizations or institutions of any private and public sector that violate the constitution.
He proposed that by-elections be held in the Vielle Casse constituency because he believes the incumbent Member of Parliament Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit holds dual citizenship, based on information revealed by investigative journalists and Opposition party members during last year’s election campaign.
At a political rally, former prime minister Edison James of the United Workers Party (UWP) had accused PM Skerrit of having both a Dominican and a French passport.
The country’s electoral laws contain a dual citizenship restriction. Prior to the general elections PM Skerrit had responded to accusations, confirming that he in fact holds a French passport, but denied that it prevented him from being a parliamentarian.
“There are people who keep going against the constitution and they know themselves. There should be by elections in Vielle Case again. I am calling on the relevant authorities to investigate the matter,” Fontaine stated.
The matter regarding the dual citizenship of Prime Minister Skerrit is being challenged in court.
Chapter 3 Part 1 outlines the requirements for qualification and disqualification as a parliamentarian. Under ‘Disqualifications for Representatives and Senators’ (32) it states that “A person shall not be qualified to be elected or appointed as a Representative or Senator (hereinafter in this section referred to as a member) if he- 1. is by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state.
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