Soufriere Consituency goes to the polls today

Denise Charles (left) of the DLP and Higgs Adams of the UWP are in the race
Denise Charles (left) of the DLP and Higgs Adams of the UWP are in the race

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.

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24 Comments

  1. smh
    June 8, 2016

    well played.

  2. RASTAFARI
    June 7, 2016

    money has been making rounds like a flying kite. This is how skerrit is going to win. what evil!!!!
    Yes I !!

  3. Parasite
    June 7, 2016

    Denise all the way with labour power. You young you sweet you highly educated, you can represent us in house of assembly so we good to go. We voting labour again we voting labour again whether lightening thunder sun or rain we voting labour again!!!!!!!! Labour power!!!!!!!!! Labour power!!!!!!!! Labour power !!!!! We voting labour power!!!!!

  4. Sixty nine
    June 7, 2016

    Highs , you will be back in Roseau in the morning to tell Linton, boss i am a loser.

  5. June 7, 2016

    Thanks for the information DNO. I sure did not know there was a by – election in Soufriere. Did you mean a buy election? I ask because I know we voted for Ian Pinard in 2014. What happened to him for there to be a BUY-election today? Is he dead? Does he have cancer and not expected to live? Was he fired? Or, did he commit a serious crime? DNO, as u can see I don’t know why we voting in Soufriere today, and therefore Me just asking. Anyways since it is a buy-election I expect the party with more money and better access to get money from Panama to get a better deal. Notice I did not say win because money never wins but purchasing power.

  6. Fact
    June 7, 2016

    Don’t be fooled by RED CLINIC, be independent and vote for new jobs.

  7. Concerned
    June 7, 2016

    I will wait to hear the results…

  8. LABA KAKA
    June 7, 2016

    I hope people of Soufriere/ Scotts Head/ Gallion/ Point Michel/ Bagatalle hamlet seeing the trend in voting in the region. Skerrit put the election one day before his birthday so he can boast the voters give him a birthday gift… People please do not feel intimidated and enjoy all give Skerrit a MAL VAT and do not be the laughing stock of the Caribbean… LABA NI MAL VAT… YO CORRUPT AVEC KA MAL TWAVAY… DLP is a failure, failure, faailure… Vote wise and do not vote for child molesters, rapist of economic development etc

  9. NKRUMAH KWAME
    June 7, 2016

    LIAT introduced more flights to DA effective June 1st. Election in the Soufriere constituency scheduled for June 7th. How many “expatriates” have already arrived to vote? Tomorrow is Skerrit’s birthday. Get the drift???
    HOTEP!

  10. syncronize
    June 7, 2016

    Analyst takes a dim view of nationals brought in to vote
    JUNE 7TH, 2016 CARIBBEAN, POLITICS & GOVERNMENT 0 COMMENTS
    Antigua Observer:-Political Analyst Peter Wickham has advised regional governments against what he termed a common practice of spending millions on citizens outside the country as an incentive for them to return to vote in an election.

    Wickham said ruling and opposition parties spend millions each election on charters and other means to get residents in the diaspora to participate in the electoral process, which is ill-advised.

    “I think it is an expensive waste of money, and I also don’t like the fact that someone who is not a resident in the country is voting. But, at the same time, the people of the country have to decide how they want to approach it,” Wickham said.

    He also pointed out that in countries like St Kitts and Nevis the law gives members of the diaspora the right to participate in an election.

    The statement by the political analyst came ahead…

  11. same old same old
    June 7, 2016

    Am, why is there a by election in Soufriere constituency again? Is the former parlrep sick or dead? I hope I was not dreaming because to me I head him live Sunday. I hope the people make a clear statement and elect the one that has the constituency and Dominica at heart and buy a ticket for the one that is in Dominica for what they can get

  12. yes i
    June 7, 2016

    people need to remember the reason for this by election…

  13. June 7, 2016

    SOUFRIERE people give this lady a plane ticket and keep her away from our village…Never make the same mistakes that you all made long ago..enough is enough.

  14. Rum and Coke
    June 7, 2016

    I cant see workers winning Soufriere is like Grandbay.

    • Channel 1
      June 7, 2016

      @Rum and Coke – Since when Soufriere is a hardcore Labour seat like Grandbay or Portsmouth nuh?

      If anything, Soufriere is Freedom seat masquerading as a pseudo-Labour seat. The UWP however appears to have had quite a large support base in that constituency over numerous elections there.

    • June 7, 2016

      Soufiere was never a Labour Party constituency, Grand Bay yes because of Pierro, Portsmouth yes, Soufiere constituency was always Freedom Party stronghold not Labour, as you and I know the person who keep Freedom Padty alive winning the Soufiere Constituency when Ma Charles was getting blows in Roseau was disrespected and treated bab by the same Freemdom Party who Ma Charles asked to merge with this so called Labor Party which was hijacked by The Young Freedom Movement, people like the one in the Registry, Skerrit, Colin, the one from New Town on Kairi Ronald Charles, Sonia Williams and the others, so saying that Soufiere is just like Grand Bay is false, if this was the case, why skerrit and all his ministers spending all the monies and giving out all the handouts in the constituents, bringing in those who are not in DA feeling the heat and not depending on hand out to survive to vote for Labour to win an election/bi-election, time will tell, St Lucians woke up from their sleep

  15. Say What
    June 7, 2016

    Election is the will of the people, you cannot bring in voodoo people to suppress a fair and free election. Dirtiness and obeah will not work!

  16. NUWP
    June 7, 2016

    You don know already. she look soooooooo sweet in that pic boy. tonight I will give you a expensive kiss on your face when we jumping.

  17. Floridian Diaspora
    June 7, 2016

    Labor will win!!! Why? Because they love their P.M. By tonight, our dearly beloved most high supreme leader, his ultimate majesty, the life giver, the #1 bread winner, the most holy emperor, kings of kings and lord of lords, master of the universe, prince of peace and prince of all marcaque Dr. Punjab AKA minister of questionable finances will be will be sitting behind his desk celebrating how stupid are for reaffirming their trust in him. He is happy that Dominicans are very dumb and that they could be bought so easily. Then this Judas-like Zacharius will betray his faithful idiotic laborites and make a 180 degree turn on his word by staying up in that tree and impose higher taxes in their backsides. We love our PM; Labor ka travay!!!

  18. Floridian Diaspora
    June 7, 2016

    This is a chance for these people to make their mark; a chance to show what real Dominicans are all about. After being degraded and relegated to begging, stealing, and handouts for so long, now is the time to show the plywood giver (Dr. Punjab) that his state of the art hobby of dishing out a free piece of wood ant infested 2 x 4 and two rusty galvanize is not enough for life sustenance. Should you allow them to win, your life will be miserable again by tomorrow June 8th as the handouts would have stopped and the promises would have disappeared into thin air. Take heed people because if you don’t then by next week you will go back to using green leafs to wipe your boom booms yet again after using the bush as a toilet. Vote for you to be independent and at least afford a roll of toilet paper in the future. Labor tactics are not working

    • Say What
      June 7, 2016

      Get a Job Florida Diaspora. Evil people are not happy and you fit the criteria. Since you are employed at the idle hall estate, my brother, we have a job for you, come back home my brother the estate is still waiting for your idle hands. Did the people in Scotts Head really chase the obeah man, who was sent by the big bar lady?

      • Floridian Diaspora
        June 8, 2016

        You sound retarded

  19. %
    June 7, 2016

    WISH YOU MAKE IT HIGGS!
    I see you as the better of the two.

    • June 7, 2016

      Not with the imported voters, sad, only in Dominica corruption and evil will continue to dominate the nation, and the poorest of the poor, the less fortunates, those who care about the handouts etc and not country and the development and future of the country and the future generations are condoning it, only in Dominica, Jim Jones hypnotized and convinced his followers and lead to believe that he was the Great Almighty and all the rubbit he put in their heads after which he murdered all, the same is taking place with Maduro in Venezuela and the same mentality skerrit is using on Dominicans today, Lord help us all, deliver Dominica from Skerrit and all the evils plaguing the nation

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