Members of the Salybia Dominica Labour Party (DLP) constituency executive are meeting tonight to choose a candidate who will represent the party at the next general elections.
China-educated Casius Darroux and UWI graduate, Cozier Frederick, are vying for the position.
“I am a prospective nominee, yes,” Frederick, a school teacher, told DNO on Wednesday. “The Salybia constituency has had a serious problem with representation over the years and I would love to represent people at the highest level.”
Recently Darroux’s name was mentioned as a possible replacement to the present MP, Ashton Graneau. On Wednesday he confirmed that he is on the cards for the top spot.
Both men told DNO on Wednesday that they have big plans for the constituency and the Kalinago community.
“It’s about moving the community forward; it’s not about the breaking down of each other, but about empowering each other,” Frederick said. “And it’s kind of sad when you have communities that have only one person who think they can represent. I think every community should have at least three prospective persons.”
According to Frederick, there is no push by anyone or any group to elevate the Kalinago community.
“So at this point I feel, that I have certain skills that I can lend to the community itself to help them boost their image and help with employment and build self esteem and to move our small community forward,” he said.
Some of the issues he wants to look at include land ownership, the impact of indigenous conventions around the world on the Kalinago people, and using the community as a tourism product.
Darroux mentioned that among his plans is to have an all inclusive society.
“For me it’s going to be on a basis of inclusion … it’s not a matter of me deciding something and dictating it to the people of what I want,” he said. “I would have to bring all groups together and tell them ‘OK this is my idea what else can we add to it?'”
He said total inclusiveness and communal empowerment as well as the recognition and the participation into the decision making process has been lacking “to some extent in the community.”
He also plans to enhance culture, agriculture, education and to expand social programs, if chosen and eventually elected as MP.
The Salybia Constituency consists of the Kalinago Territory, Atkinson and Antrizle.