P-POD officially enters politics in Dominica

Sapphire Carrington heads P-POD. Photo: Facebook

It appears that Dominica will be having another political party when the next general election comes along.

New York-based Sapphire Carrington officially announced on state-owned DBS Radio that her party, People’s Party of Dominica (P-POD), will be contesting the next poll.

“I Sapphire Carrington, formerly known as Claudine Williams, that was my birth name, is officially announcing today on DBS that my candidacy as a parliament rep for Dominica, it’s for sure,” she stated on Monday morning.

The head of P-POD said Dominica is at a point where positive change is necessary.

“We are at the point in our history where positive change is a must in Dominica,” she stated. “We have a clear message as a political party. Our approach and methods are clear. It is simple: 17 developmental goals, 169 targets, 214 indicators, all to be achieved by 2030.”

She described members of the party as “progress leaders” who are ready, willing and able “to move Dominica forward to a sustainable future.”

Carrington said the ruling Dominica Labor Party (DLP) has been a failure.

“The Dominica Labour Party Government has not successfully lowered the public debt despite accepting bailouts much less to do so on a successful basis,” she noted. “Projects to boost the economy that they’ve put in place have proved to be a total failure. The DLP administration lacks the ability to generate adequate revenue through legal and sustainable means. The DLP-led administration has failed to formulate policies that can safeguard and improve our economy. Migration of our youth has increased tremendously, chiefly because of lack of jobs and lack of better-paying jobs.”

She said further that the standard of living and quality of life have not improved on the island.

“They failed to raise the minimum wage,” she remarked. “Workforce development has not been aligned with the needs of the country. They fail to provide incentives to locals to encourage and to support their business endeavors. They fail to present a strong, sustainable economic plan.”

She stated that P-POD is not an alternative to the DLP but a party with solutions.

“We have people who are competent in various areas,” she said without identifying the people. “We have the people who are competent to move our economy forward.”

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  1. Sakah Boy
    April 25, 2018

    Girl……fly away…..!!!. where you going with your BS?

    April 24, 2018

    Boy look redeem! They can stay in the US and thinking of running Dominica by remote control but they have a problem with other Dominicans who decide to come down from overseas to vote! Are they for real? Are they going to give up their American status to run for office and will they be coming to reside in Dominica for at least six( 6) months to be qualified to be on the voters list as they claim?
    Four against one. … UWP- DFP- CCM- P-POD . All of them GANGING UP against Skerrit.
    But no matter how they come, they gonna fall one by one. Skerrit is there to stay till we (Laborites) DECIDE enough is enough.
    Do your thing PM Skerrit , WE got your back. Who JAH bless no man curse.

  3. StrongerTogether
    April 24, 2018

    I cannot believe the negative statements above- talk about crabs in a barrel – Sapphire stay focused. You are smart, beautiful and you truly appear to care about Dominica and passionate about our country. We WELCOME YOU with open arms. Time for change and I can see good in you.

  4. Man bite dogs
    April 24, 2018

    Desperation time is looming they even getting their diapers wet with fear, Of Dr Skerrit power House Labour Party, am talking about so-called Workers supporters asking for all available political parties should stand together and get Mr Skerrit, out even some jokers that calling themselves P-POD what is that about something off a runner beans or what, now let me put all jokes aside none of you guys has not got a chance in hell, Dr Skerrit will be our leader on till we Labour supporters said So. love and respect to all.

    • One of a kind
      April 25, 2018

      Skeritt isn’t going anywhere, she’s prob bored with her life or something ..DLP will crush PPOD if they want to run for elections

  5. Da passports
    April 24, 2018

    Boy DA have Cinema wii boy, TV doh have showdown so :mrgreen: :lol:

  6. Weekenz
    April 24, 2018

    Don’t trust head shots on facebook eh. Saph is you dat :mrgreen:

  7. One of a kind
    April 24, 2018

    Lol…you gonna run Dominica from New York???
    Hahaha and you believe it will work??? You think you will win hahaha?
    What drug are you on? Please share the wealth because I need some

  8. i in the p-pod too
    April 24, 2018

    i am calling on all Dominicans at home and abroad to sign up with P-POD. the People’s Partnership. Make your voices be heard…

    Coming soon is our international P-POD Delegates Conference and international P-POD National Party Convention

    For me information contact me today :wink: :wink: :wink:

    • Da passports
      April 24, 2018

      A pee pod not something likkle white children does pee pee in noor? :lol: Is really in de p-pod you be

      • Toto
        April 25, 2018

        Boy, don’t belittle us. We have pot too but we call it potcham, my nennen used a fancy porcelain one and she was very proud of it.

  9. April 24, 2018

    My dear. I command your efforts for developing Dominica. But you have just sell yourself short. By already bashing the DLP. I would advise you to keep it positive.

  10. April 24, 2018

    The lady has no clue how easy it is to control small minds !!
    Dominicans who vote will not alter their course for a Dominican overseas !!!

  11. April 23, 2018

    What the hell, welcome, we need all hands on deck :-D

  12. Riv
    April 23, 2018

    Sapphire Carrington, I am sure you are prepared for the barrage of insults and ridicule that is coming your way. I urge you to stand your ground, persevere and give this your all. Get your party in order and present your vision for Dominica. Start now an in time, you will succeed. I wish you much success.

  13. viewsexpressed
    April 23, 2018

    “The head of P-POD said Dominica is at a point where positive change is necessary.””

    Agree with hat statement but we are working hard to have the Opposition UWP under distinguished Hon. Linton to be Prime Minister. They UWP under Linton’s leadership and ably supported by their distinguished UWP team are ready and disciplined to run this country. They will return decency, honesty and good accountability government. I am high that this new party n=based in USA are not well known by we the people in Dominica. The objective and focus is to get Skerrit out of this political con Skerrit and his immature band of so called ministers out of office. They have failed us. So PPOD, focus on getting Skerrit out, we will mange the rest of the rest. So PPOD please get your priority right, it is Dominica that is at stake here.

  14. World's Moistest Jheri Curl
    April 23, 2018

    Isn’t she from Trinidad?

  15. Me
    April 23, 2018

    P-POD, a very unfortunate moniker. It could be referred to as the pee pot party as I’m sure it will.

  16. April 23, 2018

    “We have people who are competent in various areas.”

    My dear, who are these people? If you have launched officially, should we not see a slate?

    • Toto
      April 25, 2018

      I don’t know but they give their address as Constitution Hill in Roseau. Could that be the Bishop palace.

  17. April 23, 2018

    How do you want to represent people you have never met? What will happen when the election is called? Are you waiting for it to call for you to show yourselves?

  18. April 23, 2018

    Everyday I reading some nonsense news eh. :lol: :lol:

  19. April 23, 2018

    I am keen on knowing why MS Carrington is piggybacking off of the Sustainable development Goals. Why is she using the goals, indicators and targets as if it’s her party’s own? Even her logo is a replicate of the SDG wheel and colours. Please don’t use the UN’s stuff to boost yourself politically. The logos are not to be used in fundraising or promotion of any organization. Can we get some originality?

    • Tammy
      April 23, 2018

      Put the bull dog Rebecca Theodore on her tail.

      • Yazzy
        April 24, 2018

        How did Rebecca Theodore name get in that Tammy? Leave the woman alone. She leave you alone with your politics. She is busy working for Israel and flying her private jets. Foutay madam la lapaix souplay.

    April 23, 2018

    But where THEY coming from nuh? Does she believes Politics is wash your foot and come? The woman in NY but she talking about youths migrating. After Maria, what has this woman done to assist in the recovery process? Where exactly are you from big mama? Could you please publish the names and position of those competent people you are talking about? As for you, from Claudine Williams to Sapphire Carrington is the only change one can see can face. Are you prepared to run the country by remote?

    • anonymous2
      April 23, 2018

      Well, Skerrtt does for the most part.

    • Da passports
      April 24, 2018

      BIG MOMMA LOOOL allu laborites tongue doh good eno :lol:

  21. April 23, 2018

    This is not even her real face. It’s one of those make up apps. We don’t even know the real you. How you gonna sell such lies and ask us to vote for you? Shame!

  22. April 23, 2018

    This party was announced in 2016, since then yours is the only face we have seen. There are social media handles and accounts in names that we can’t even find through Google. We need to know who the members of P-POD are and which constituencies they wish to represent. After two years you still are unable or unwilling to point out which constituency you want to contest. With the next general elections around the corner, how will you garner votes with no real candidates? How can the residents of Dominica vote for a party or rep who is not on the ground? Surely by now, you should have announced a full slate of candidates.

  23. Me
    April 23, 2018

    The party’s symbol is a trident, an implement for spearing fish. Is it indicative of catching unaware Dominicans?

  24. ArAb
    April 23, 2018

    I understand what you are trying to say but you are still falling short. You need to have some influence on the ground which I am not seeing and you have to say not just why you are better than DLP but why are you better the UWP or DFP.

    On another note; Dominica is too small for 3 political parties. I know we use technology a lot but adding 4th which is an online party does not help. I think that your ideas should be used to develop what we have in the country and if the DLP will not take your advice the feel join one of the other political parties. Maybe one day you will lead this country.

    • Da passports
      April 24, 2018

      Dominica only have 2 parties, FREEDOM is not, and I repeat IS NOT A FACTOR! Why allu keep mentioning them

  25. April 23, 2018

    One day Claudine Williams, another day is Sapphire Sky, today is Sapphire Carrington!?

    My lady, please make up your mind so the people can know which name to put on the ballot paper.

    • Me
      April 24, 2018

      I have an idea her latest name may be linked to the earrings she wears.

  26. polly put the kettle on
    April 23, 2018

    Skerrit financing that. Skerrit paying Sapphiire to distract voters.. leave that woman on her ego trip throwing maypuis for Rob Tonge with flyer with international airport on FB . Jalousie will kill you. Think people stupid still

    • viewsexpressed
      April 23, 2018

      I am not or may not be surprise…….Really, I have heard this mentioned before.

  27. Kermit
    April 23, 2018

    Lmaooooo well I hope you move to Dominica by the way you don’t stand a chance.

  28. Faceup
    April 23, 2018

    Gods blessings to you..??

  29. Voter D
    April 23, 2018

    Beautiful isn’t see with all the fake things of life; nails, hair, make up etc etc…don’t talk about the fake accent. And the name…what was the reason for changing her birth name? Did she name a team? Or is she a one-woman team about to make a serious dent in the political landscape of Dominica.

    Lady please get real. If I am a voter looking for a change, you have not impressed me one bit!!!!!

  30. Not A Herd Follower
    April 23, 2018

    Is that party registered in Dominica? Have its overseas candidates who hold foreign citizenship renounced their foreign allegiance? These are required to contest elections in Dominica.

    • ArayofLight
      April 23, 2018

      how many of our political representative here in D/ca have renounced their foreign citizenships and can travel with ease through alternate ports e.g travel through Guadeloupe to head up to the UK or even Europe???

      • April 23, 2018

        Nonsense! political reps(members of parliament) hold diplomatic passports, so obv it would be easier for them to travel anywhere. As well, the average Dominican man can travel to Europe(UK included), visa free for up to 90 days. And going to Europe via French Caribbean territories is no big hassle as you would like readers to believe.

      • Stupes
        April 24, 2018

        Stupes…your comment made 0 sense…as a former travel agent anyone can travel through any port to get to any country..as long as you have the correct documents. And you would expect a minister of Gov’t to be able to travel with ease as he / she holds a diplomatic passport..that is the purpose of it being diplomatic.

    • Me
      April 23, 2018

      Very valid point!

  31. Peperit
    April 23, 2018

    As much as I admire your desire for a better Dominica, politics is not a “tu-sho-tu-flam” mama. You have been running a virtual campaign/party on social media and have yet too introduced you/yourselves to the man on the street.
    3/4 of Dominica is still without light, much-less internet.
    WHO do you intend to convince?……….Maybe Sheryl only……..O snap ……She cant return to vote :wink:
    You all need to realize people only vote who they can relate to, who they think can elevate them, etc.

    Honestly the new movement group, chanting for electoral reform has the strategy for any other political party to emulate. I only wish they would stay neutral and isolate themselves from the other parties.

  32. zandoli
    April 23, 2018

    Claudine, you are the face of the party, but you have not exposed the other competent individuals you speak about.
    People need to know the names and competencies of the other candidates. I don’t know what you bring to the table other than saying Skerrit and his gang are incompetent. I do agree they are incompetent, but we need to know what you and the rest are offering. You have offered some platitudes, but that is not enough.

  33. Nuffsaid
    April 23, 2018

    Wait a parliamentary representative for Dominica??? She serious nah?? Who is the parliamentary representative for Dominica currently??? Lol girl bye eh or better yet “Bye Felicia”

  34. Anonymous
    April 23, 2018

    All that will do is to play into the hands oF Roosevelt Skerrit by splitting the forces opposed to him. Coud it be possible he would even finance this party in order to achieve this aim?

  35. Anotherlevel
    April 23, 2018

    wait…is that a man?
    Does the article say shes based in NewYork, yet still shes talking about youth migration????I’m confused….Another party might be needed but not yours boo.

    • Dominican Bwoi
      April 23, 2018

      That was my exact reaction when I saw the photo, I also thought that it’s a man

  36. mine
    April 23, 2018

    Think you are going to fool the people with these promises. They raise minimum wage in NY and employers ended up laying off some employees. I hope you all don ‘t do like RON Green hope you all give up US citizenship. Four parties for the next election everybody fighting to get in the dominica purse now it has some money.

    • Toto
      April 23, 2018

      You are shallow I think. do you know about this party and the people behind it, especially when they are based overseas You give your vote away easily like that?

  37. Neutral
    April 23, 2018

    Good news, it was about time. As soon as DLP invited Joseph Isaac as one of there teammate. I knew this would be the downfall of the DLP. All the best and you can assure that you have my vote 100%. My main concern now is getting this present government out of office. Just an opinion it would be great if the DFP and the PPOD merge. So that we can move forward much quicker., I can vow that majority of DFP supporters would agree

    • Weekenz
      April 23, 2018

      Neutral you grasping at so many straws here but thanks for the laughs :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • Da passports
      April 24, 2018

      :lol: :lol: :lol: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: If DFP and POD fuse allu still wouldn’t win one sit :lol: :lol: :lol:

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