The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) may nominate its own candidate for the office of President of Dominica.
Opposition Leader Hector John told Dominica News Online that someone from the party has given consent to be nominated.
“Someone has given consent on our side … I have not given the Prime Minister our nominee and while he has given me his, I won’t disclose it since it is for him to do,” John stated.
Although he did not make public his choice for president John said he has the ability to agree, disagree and nominate.
“It won’t take long before for that issue to settle as long as the constitutional requirements are met,” John declared.
John and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit met on Wednesday as consultation for the nomination of a new president got underway.
John described the meeting as fruitful and said that a replacement will be announced soon adding that everything is being done to ensure that the constitution is respected.
It has been reported in the media that Prime Minister Skerrit’s choice for president is former public servant Eluid Williams but John would not comment on that matter.
“The Prime Minister made his nominee known and I think I will leave that for him to make public, I will respect the prime Minister and let him inform the nation on his choice for president but we will continue from there in terms of consulting,” John said.
The country’s current head of state, Dr. Nicholas Liverpool, is expected to demit office one year earlier due to health reasons.
According to the Constitution of the Dominica: “Whenever the office of the President is vacant or the term of office of the President is due to expire within not more than ninety days, the Prime Minister shall consult with the Leader of the Opposition as to their joint nomination of a suitable candidate for election as President”.
If the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition agree on a join nominee for the Presidency, then the Speaker will be advised in writing and the individual will be elected without putting the question to a vote.
If they do not agree, the Speaker will be advised and the House of Assembly will be informed accordingly. Then, within fourteen days, “the Prime Minister or the Leader of the Opposition or any three members of the House” may submit to the Speaker “by writing under their hands, nominations of candidates for election as President”.
“We are moving in the right direction, the meeting was to the point and straight and all questions were answered,” John concluded.