Review of draft electoral legislation for the Commonwealth of Dominica


Roseau, Dominica, 28th July 2023 -: The Dominica Business Forum Inc. has actively participated in the electoral reform process by presenting a comprehensive report in collaboration with other civil society organizations prior to the 2019 general elections and the DBF Inc. is the only civil society organization on record that engaged Sir Dennis Byron in public consultation after he was recruited to review the electoral legislation of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The Dominica Business Forum Inc. considers the preparation of the draft legislation as the most significant development towards the achievement of the much-needed comprehensive electoral reform in the Commonwealth of Dominica and the DBF Inc. is concerned that any attempt to politicize the process of reviewing the draft electoral legislation presented by Sir Dennis Byron along political party lines will be disastrous to the citizens and the democratic principles of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Therefore, based on the Dominica Business Forum Inc’s record of impartiality and genuine involvement in addressing the electoral reform process and its ability to engage all sectors of society, the DBF Inc. will convene a national consultation to review the Draft Electoral Legislation to which invitations have been extended to Sir Dennis Byron, who has willingly accepted to make a presentation, the Attorney General, prominent legal professionals Mr. Julian Johnson and Dr. Irving Andre, all political parties, civil society organizations and individuals.

The consultation is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Thursday 3rd August 2023 at the Truth and Grace Fellowship Global Church on Independence Street, Roseau and an open invitation is extended to all media houses to facilitate the process for live broadcast and streaming for wider public participation and access to the information divulged.

The consultation will focus on:

1. An overview of the draft legislation presented by Sir Dennis Byron
2. Identification of flaws in the existing legislation
3. Recommendations proposed in the draft legislation.
4. Proposed amendments to the draft legislation.
5. Appointment of a working committee to revise the draft legislation.
6. Follow-up consultation
7. Presentation of the final draft legislation to the Electoral Commission and Attorney General for consideration and submission to parliament.

It is the Dominica Business Forum Inc’s expressed desire to find some common ground among the various stakeholders to arrive at an acceptable solution to the revised electoral legislation in the Commonwealth of Dominica which will be beneficial to the general population and future generations.

The Dominica Business Forum Inc. is confident that after almost forty-five years of political independence and the recent advocacy and demand for electoral reform, good sense will prevail, and the Commonwealth of Dominica will benefit from satisfactory electoral legislation which should be a model for the Commonwealth of Nations and a pillar to Dominica’s democracy. A successful consultation is anticipated on August 3rd, 2023.

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  1. Lin clown
    August 1, 2023

    May I ask DBF,DEMAND for electoral reform is coming from who?Every genuine and honest Dominican know,by carrying out a survey,the majority of Dominicans are NOT interested in electoral reform.The DEMAND for electoral reform is a DEMAND from UWP and their political puppet McKenzie.If the PEOPLE wanted electoral reform they would turn out in large numbers and DEMAND electoral reform.Sir Dennis Byrone should not attend the consultation,especially with Irvin Andre(Dominican hater)attending.The PEOPLE have been listening to the DBF for a long time and have no choice but to believe they are supporters of UWP.The people do not want or need any consultation organized by DBF,just like CCM,NJAM and Mon SEWE,they are and arm of UWP.Irvin Andre Dominican citicizenship should be revoked.I hope the government do that in the not to distant future(awaiting moderation)

    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      August 2, 2023

      @Lin clown, only a clown wouldn’t know that his God, Skerritt, reiterates that he’s committed to having electoral reform in Dominica. Therefore on whose behalf does the clown speak? Clown!!

  2. Ibo France
    July 31, 2023

    I reiterate this statement for the umpteenth time. As long as the StarBoy of jobbery occupies the Office of Prime Minister, there will be no fundamental changes in the corrupt electoral system of Dominica.

    Real reform of this most crucial system will be had only when the people demonstrate en masse and wrestle the power from the dirty tentacles of the richest and most corrupt ‘leader’ in the entire Caribbean.

    How can the richest ‘leader’ in the region come from the poorest country? Only CORRUPTION can do that.

    • Man bite dogs
      August 1, 2023

      I am happy to see Ugly Lenny, and his parrots has now beginning to acknowledge Pm Dr. Skerrit a Star Boy the man is a high quality genius , as I have always said UWP is Dead & Buried in the wilderness.

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