Dominica’s Permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) Hubert Charles says he is “happy the way voting has been going” on so far in general election being held in Dominica today.
“I can report on the enthusiasm and peaceful things that I have seen … high level of maturity on the way the people are doing their civic duties, ” Charles told DNO.
He said he is satisfied with what he has seen so far.
“Election is a passionate thing and Dominicans are very serious about voting,” he said.
Charles said he has “high praises” for those responsible for the control and conduct of the elections.
DNO visited various polling stations in Newtown, Roseau, Castle Bruce, Pointe Michel, Kalinago Territory and Stockfarm and a high number of voters were seen lining up to cast their ballots.
In some areas residents began lining up as early as 6:30 am to await the opening of polling stations at 7:00 am.
Residents of the Roseau North constituency turned out in large numbers.
That constituency was described by head of Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), Peter Wickham as one of the battlegrounds in this year’s general election.
United Workers Party (UWP) candidate, Daniel Lugay will go up against candidate for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), Julius Timothy.
Timothy has been the MP forthe constituency since 1995, when he won in for the UWP.
He crossed the floor from the UWP to the DLP in 2007.
He went up against Lugay in the 2009 general elections and won by 117 votes.
There were loud murmurs among voters from the communities of Stockfarm, Yampiece and Bellevue Rawle who were not pleased that only one house was assigned to them as a polling station.
As a result voters had to be constantly called on and cautioned to reduce the noise level by the police officer stationed at that polling station.
The complaints became louder and louder as the line appeared to remain stagnant while the hours fly back.
Voters complained that the two hours assigned to them for voting was simply not enough.
One voter, a landscaper in Roseau, lamented that her prescribed time for voting had expired and the sun was getting hotter and hotter on the area she was supposed to work for the day. She also said she had no breakfast.
Some voters sought refuge in some cool shade opposite the station and a new line was formed.
Others braved the late morning sun and insisted that they were not leaving until they had cast their vote.