Government Senator Dayton Baptiste of the Dominica Labour Party said he is ready for a by-election in the Marigot constituency.
His comments came on the heels of a move by the Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd Knights, declaring that seat vacant, following a decision by elected member of that constituency Edison James of the United Workers Party (UWP) to boycott Parliament three consecutive times.
House of Assembly regulations stipulate that parliamentarians who miss three consecutive sessions without requesting leave or an excuse from the Speaker will stand a chance to lose their seats.
Baptiste in an interview following the announcement expressed his confidence that the people of Marigot will elect him, should a by-election be called.
“I am prepared; very prepared at that because of my ability. What we need in Marigot is representation and I am waiting to represent my people,” he said.
Baptiste said while there were some issues regarding his representation the people have now decided to move forward with him.
“Things are pretty good on the ground and we are hoping that things will get better everyday. Now is the right time. I think the people there are ready to move on and work in the best interest of the community,” he stated.
– DNO Correspondent