Dominicans go to the poll today

Voters during the 2009 general election
Voters during the 2009 general election

Dominicans go to the poll today to elect a new government to run the affairs of the country for the next five years.

Some 72,486 voters are eligible to cast their ballots, according to the Electoral Commission.

Two political parties, the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and the United Workers Party (UWP), are contesting the election.

Both parties are fielding full slates of 21 candidates.

The incumbent prime minister is Roosevelt Skerrit of the DLP, who campaigned using the slogans of “Labour Ka Twavay” and “Leadership is everything.”

He has been prime minister of Dominica since 2004.

Skerrit is facing first timer, Lennox Linton, of the UWP whose used the slogan “Change is a must.”

Both parties ended their campaigns before midnight on Sunday with motorcades culminating at Castle Bruce for the DLP while UWP supporters gathered at Bath Estate.

Polls opened at 7:00 am and are expected to close by 5:00 pm.

There are 250 polling stations across the island.

An Organization of American States (OAS) observer mission is here to monitor the election.

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16 Comments

  1. Rose
    December 8, 2014

    Hmmmmm interesting….according to Google Dominica 2014 census declared 72300 population count….where are you importing those voters from? The grave? The great unknown? Should I call St. Peter and tell him to alert my deceased parents and grands that they voted today? Crazy! God bless our beautiful country.

  2. Just Blaze
    December 8, 2014

    Today is the day UWP have to cry. All the way with Labour Party. Woooooooow. Laboooouuuur Once Moooore

  3. I can't be fooled
    December 8, 2014

    So why does he keep on disreguarding the constitution? Today is election day and he is in the east still campaigning.

  4. Ms. Educator
    December 8, 2014

    well the leadershi position is up for grabs, lets see who jumped the highest,

  5. Just Observing
    December 8, 2014

    Dominican go out and exercise your franchise. Many people fought and some lost their lives for that momentous privilege. Today you are King. The politician is at your mercy. So gout and vote your conscience of who best can serve the country. No matter how ell our intellectuals may philosophize the issue, at the end of the campaign, everything boils down to which Prime Minister you think is most able to govern this country. A tried and experienced, very charismatic person in the incumbent Prime Minister or a self-confessed political novice with very little to show in the area of service to the community.

    So people go out and vote. Vote wisely.

  6. December 8, 2014

    elections today :lol: :)

  7. December 8, 2014

    What the hell is going on in my Island why is Skerrit allowed to do what he want on the Island, what is he doing at the different constituency talking with the people why is it he is working so hard to keep Thomson Fountain out of House, we have to protect Thomson because this man is crazy, he trying his best to start up a riot so the Police that is driving him around can use their guns on the people of Dominica, it’s a dam shame what is going on.
    Skerrit left his riding of Vielle Case to be in Grand Fond, Castle Bruce, La Plaine to interfere with the Election procedures what is wrong with this man , Matt at Q95 just announced that he just received a picture of another DLP candidate standing outside of a polling station interacting with people going in and out which is wrong what about the Police what are they doing.
    This is another mess again (2009) Fellow DOMINICANS are you going to allow Skerrit and his other law handlers intimidate you from making the changes you want this don’t have to do with parties it’s about the survival of the Commonwealth of Dominica and it’s people we have to be bold and brave to make the move we owe it to our children and family.
    Skerrit have taken steps to protect his family his son is growing up in the USA while you are ask to put him back in power for another five years of poverty which will be the last time we go to the poll, hell no.

    What is playing out is No Law No Constitution can stop him and if the people make any move to ask him to leave the polling station the police will turn on Dominicans just be careful and be alert of your surrounding and don’t allow yourself to be provoked , cast your vote then go back home and wait and while you a waiting go down on your knees and pray don’t stop because answers prayers.
    God you have brought us this far and I know you will never leave us and Thomson Fountain will be part of the New Administration because we need him and Team Dominica UWP it’s their turn..

    Grand Fornd people Thomson Fountain will make you all proud and he will do very good for Dominica so don’t miss your chance go out in large numbers and vote for him, also the people in St.Joseph, La Plaine, Castle Bruce, Caribe Territory of Salybia and Sineku,, and all the other constituency go out and vote this is you chance to make the Change you were crying for it’s you time now.

    How long not long !. God bless lovely Dominica and it’s people …..

  8. Ras B
    December 8, 2014

    What is the population of Dominica? How comes theamount of eligible voters exceed the current population?

  9. amy
    December 8, 2014

    Oh lord Jesus, as Dominicans go to the polls today to cast their votes, be with them Lord Jesus,let them vote with their hearts and not their minds, because lord you know their minds are messed up,though they are given straw to build bricks,they can’t see they are in slavery, mind slavery,lord Jesus open their hearts and minds today, take away that pride, that arrogance, the devil put before them, watch over them oh lord, bless my people, keep them safe today. And lord for uwp their deliverer bless everyone of them, we thank you for them dear lord, they heard you calling and they answered, bless them oh lord, bless their families, they stood by silently during the verbal abuse, but lord you know it all. Keep your hands stayed over dominica lord Jesus,bless the children lord Jesus they are the future, let us be an example to them.please keep election incident free and when we have done all we can, it’s you lord to do the rest, team dominica has gone above and beyond the call of duty to educate Dominicans, they love their country and people lord,but if the people perish for lack of knowledge, it’s not because they did not hear, it’s because their hearts is cold and hard.and lord dominica is in you care and keeping, I ask your blessing on her in no other name but in Jesus matchless name and for his sake amen.

  10. GOOD OVER EVIL
    December 8, 2014

    why is SKERRIT in grandfond.

  11. ANONYMOUS
    December 8, 2014

    come on dominicans A CHANGE IS A MUST in our beautiful country, vote for the right govenment lets see dominica prosper into the next best thing. UWP HAS MY VOTE. RON GREEN ONE VOTE FROM VICTORIA

  12. jp
    December 8, 2014

    no turning back Dominica, do the right thing……… blessings to the both leaders

  13. red and blue
    December 8, 2014

    La Plaine sit for them to monitor

  14. Please Vote
    December 8, 2014

    I pray that all registered voters exercise their right and vote for the party of their choice today. Remember a seat can be won or lost by 1 vote so Please Vote.

  15. LOVE IT
    December 8, 2014

    Labar is working my boy, keep the change in your pocket! the poor, underprivileged, marginalized, elderly and children are taken car off? My boy, Labara ca twavye. NO No No No No change.

    • Anonymous
      December 9, 2014

      Now I understand why you saying no change; you can’t even spell labour ka twavay. Shame.

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