Oral submissions in dual citizenship case today

St. Jean (left), Skerrit

Lawyers representing the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and United Workers Party (UWP) petitioners will each be awarded two hours to orally argue their submissions, when the dual citizenship matter involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter St. Jean continues in the Roseau High Cout 9 a.m today.

The UWP wants the court to declare that both Skerrit and St Jean were illegally nominated to contest the December 2009 general election because they allegedly held dual citizenship at the time.

And now that the evidentiary portion of the case has been completed, lawyers representing both teams will present their arguments to the judge after submitting the written one last week.

What this means in essence is that both teams will try to persuade the judge that their respective legal argument is correct.

On January 8, 2010, the UWP filed five petitions in the High Court challenging the legality of the December 2009 general elections outcomes in five constituencies including Veille Casse and La Plaine where Prime Minister and Education Minister prevailed.

All of the petitions, except that of the dual citizenship of the Prime Minister and Minister of Education, were thrown out by Chief Justice Errol Thomas.

According to the Constitution of Dominica anyone who pledges allegiance to a foreign power is not legible to run for public office.

If Justice Gertel Thom finds that there is enough evidence to prove the Prime Minster was in fact a holder of a French passport and was under allegiance to a foreign power at the time of his nomination and election, then the nomination could be declared null and void.

This means that either the UWP candidate for Vielle Case Joseph Maynard would then be declared as the duly elected Member of Parliament for that constituency or a bi-election called.

The same would be true in the La Plaine matter.

Both sides are equally confident that judgment will be rendered in their favour.

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  1. Waitukubuli
    October 3, 2011

    Skerrit,the revolution is nigh.As a man sow shall he reap and i know that talk is cheap,so u can’t put fear in us the ordinary men who has nothing to lose,but u Skerrit has plenty to lose.Be it we die now or a hundred years later does not matter to us,so we will fight to protect this land of JAH as he has asked us to.

  2. Anonymous
    October 3, 2011

    When will be Judgment Day sometime in 2012 or 2013. Win or lose Dominica has already lost.

  3. Independant
    October 3, 2011

    Only in DOMINICA.

  4. October 3, 2011

    its time that this thing come to an end.and get on with life. there is to much to be done.

  5. MyBelovedCountry
    October 3, 2011

    I am looking for willing and able men and women to join me for the REVOLUTION that is to come so we can teach Skerrit and his cabal what time it is. I am not afraid to sacrify my live and be a martyr for my Dominica

    • buwo
      October 3, 2011

      The REVOLUTION took place in December 2009.

      Does 18-3 ring a bell?


      • MyBelovedCountry
        October 3, 2011

        I know your name, address, relatives and phone number, so when the TRUE REVOLUTION start I will be coming for you. This is a true fact.

      • buwo
        October 3, 2011


        That is why all you will never get anything…All you preaching violence. Am not afraid. The masses are not going to allow all you to mess up Dominica. So talk all you can….It has no effect on the masses.


    • 1979 LIVES!!!
      October 3, 2011

      Im with you!

  6. Anon
    October 3, 2011

    WIN, LOSE OR DRAW…..SMH…what has my country become??? god help us….as MUGABE tightens his grip.. :cry: :(

      October 3, 2011

      Damn right…WIN..LOSE..OR DRAW we 18-3 are coming for uwp.

      Its about time we turn the tide on these fools who are bent on fermenting trouble in this country.

      We 18-3 can not allow these characters to dictate to us, its our vote. I am tired of seeing these guys planning and ochestrating anger and revolution in this country.

      This has to stop NOW

      • MyBelovedCountry
        October 3, 2011

        wikileaks, I will be coming for you when this REVOLUTION begins

      • 1979 LIVES!!!
        October 3, 2011

        so then stop it! KILL ME! is all you can do …… even under the jail I will be shouting FREE DOMINICA!!!!!!! so make sure you dont miss your mark WIKILEAKS! You and Prime minister MUGABE… 8) I would be better of DEAD than to live under you and your Dictator! 8)

  7. Satelite
    October 3, 2011

    People can’t you see the reuslt of this already. If the judge rules against the Prime Minister, and a bi-election has to be called, it’s clear that Mr. Skerrit will win that seat again without hindrance. Whatever decision is taken after such a long hard conflict, we are still going to benefit from the Dominica Labour Party; like it or not.

    • October 3, 2011

      win draw or lose,allyou will see what I will put in allyou backside for allyou im tired with this nonesence,thats right sir!i overstand amen!! amen!no one will send me by bus to veillcasse iwill walk or drive myself any where in this country island,im tired with this nonesence,ikwow where allyou live.

  8. k
    October 3, 2011

    twisted wink oops

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