The matter of voters ID cards versus national ID cards has been a subject of much discussion in Dominica and has been a long running contention between the government and opposition parties in Dominica.
The United Workers Party has made it clear that voter ID cards are necessary since it was recommended both by the Chief Elections Officer in a report in 2009 and an OAS observer mission to Dominica. Furthermore, according to the the party, voter ID cards will help “clean up the voter’s list” and make “voters of this country independent.”
On the other hand, the government is adamant that a national ID card is the way to go, arguing that voter ID cards will be too expensive for the country.
Dominica News Online sought the opinion of readers in a poll.
The poll asked, “Should Dominica introduce voters ID cards or national ID cards?”
A total of 1,024 readers cast their votes in the poll.
476 readers (46 percent) believe national ID cards should be introduced on the island.
432 readers (42 percent) think voters ID card should be introduced while 116 readers (12 percent) said it doesn’t really matter.
DNO’s poll is not a scientific one.