Residents of the Soufriere Constituency head to the polls today to elect a new member of parliament.
The two major political parties in Dominica have fielded candidates for the election: Denise Charles for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and Higgs Adams for the United Workers Party (UWP).
There are some 3,431 eligible voters in the constituency.
A by-election became necessary in that constituency after the resignation of former Labour Party MP, Ian Pinard, on April 26, 2016, because of allegations of inappropriate behavior involving a minor.
In the December 8, 2014 general election, Pinard captured 1,226 votes while Adams grabbed 822.
Polling stations will be at the following places:
Scotts Head: three at the Scotts Head Primary School
Soufriere: two at the village council office and one at the church hall
Pointe Michel: homes of Clayton Christian and Shiela Etienne and three at the Pointe Michel community center
Polls stations opened at 7:00 am and are expected to close at 5:00 pm.