Vince Henderson says he will not be a candidate in the next election

Dr. Vince Henderson

Chairman of the upcoming Dominica Labour Party (DLP) Delegates conference and ambassador to the US and the OAS, Dr. Vince Henderson, has dispelled speculation about him running again as a candidate for the DLP. 

Henderson made it clear during a press conference on Wednesday, that despite suggestions which have emerged in recent times that he could be a DLP candidate for the next general election, this just isnt the case. 

Henderson is the former parliamentary representative for the St Joseph Constituency. He did not seek re-election in 2009 and was replaced by Kelver Darroux. 

I am not a candidate for elections. I felt that I have served and I continue to serve in different capacities and every time I am called to serve you, I am always prepared to do that and this time I am not a candidate, he said. 

Darroux also announced recently that he will not be contesting the St. Joseph seat for the DLP in the next general election.

Meanwhile, Henderson said the DLP will be making some changes for the next election. 

The Dominica Labour Party sees itself as changing to build a new Dominica, he declared. Labour Party is the change; it is the change that people will be anticipating at the next polls and that change will be, returning new candidates and old ones too. 

He added that the terms “new” and “old” were not defined by age but in terms of participation. 

Henderson stated that the party expects to see a slate of candidates in upcoming election which will consist of people who have a track record of service in their communities and personal achievement – people who have always been there to help to build Dominica. 

And these candidates will be selected to represent their people in the Parliament of Dominica and to sit in the cabinet to help to build Dominica, the former parliamentary representative and cabinet minister asserted.

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42 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 8, 2019

    Can one serving as ambassador to the United Nations, or in an embassy after five years claim US citizenship?

    I cannot speak to any special or unusual circumstances, but generally, no!

    They are citizens of their original country. Same for the assistants and staff. The embassy (always in the Capitol) itself is considered territory of the the sending country, not the host country. And it applies to consulates (never in the host Capitol) and counselor officials also.

    If Vince claim to be a Citizen of the United States he did not get citizenship because he was here representing Dominica. That is easy to research: If you are here working in a embassy, it is no different from being in Dominica!

    Hence Vince has nothing to give up!

    • Joseph John
      February 11, 2019

      You cannot be a citizen of the USA and be an other country’s ambassador. As a USA citizen you can only be an Honorary Consul. This is international law and practice. That pertains to dual or multiple citizenship also.
      An other observation is that USA does not recognise dual or multiple citizenship.

  2. jamie
    February 8, 2019

    Keep on fooling the damn lazy supporters,how the hell can a country strive when the government gives out free money,SMH,TOUGH TO UNDERSTAND.

  3. Bwa-Banday
    February 8, 2019

    Wow! Vince looking like a Vieux-korr . Partner I hope you ok because you are not 75yrs old even if you looking it. Man you can do better so leave Skerrit sinking ship before you go down with it. Senjo is going to vote for change and nothing can stop it this time bro. Go take care of your health. Kelvar runing so take note.

  4. Neal
    February 8, 2019

    Vince I want to know what track record of service you have in Washington and NYC as the ambassador. and now you are playing politics in DA. Who is managing DA’s business in the US while you are bla bla blaing in DA? Well I suppose it does not matter anyway since reportedly and allegedly all you did of mark is to get a degree on DA’s time. Sure Vote Labour you’all for Vince sake and lifestyle choice—– but this must come to an end sometime.

  5. Truth Be Told
    February 8, 2019

    Albert Einstein is said to have defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. However, Dr. Vince Henderson has just added to the meaning of insanity that “The Dominica Labour Party sees itself as changing to build a new Dominica…,” he declared. “Labour Party is the change; it is the change that people will be anticipating at the next polls and that change will be, returning new candidates and old ones too.”
    I once asked on DNO, are we all mad with this Dominica Labour Party in the destruction of Dominica? I hope not! Next election vote these nutters out!

  6. ATKINSON
    February 8, 2019

    I think to show support for the other red cabal socialist utopia, the DLP delegate conference should be held in caracas, with maduro as the keynote speaker. Or what about on the Ross university campus, there is lots of space, and i think there will no med student there that week, and have the “Evil Dr Supremo” good and close friend, Mia Motley endorse him for another term, with Ng lap seng “Boss Wu” address the conference via video call

  7. Y U Running 4?
    February 7, 2019

    Here is what Jesus said in Matthew 24:32:

    “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh”.

    Similarly, when you see Vince Henderson in Dominica know is either: 1. Election is at the door 2. A scandal involving the DLP head is about to burst, as seen after the arrest of Aliereza Monfared 3. He is running from something as seen after the arrest of NG Lap Seng. His presence in Dominica could be one of the above or ALL of the above.

  8. St. Joe
    February 7, 2019

    Vince you looking much older than you are, it seems like the pressure is mounting on you! We grew up togehter but you looking 15 years older than your real age. Calm down and leave this thing alone. But again how and where else you are going to maintain that life style but on Da tax payers money?

    • Jack Sparrow
      February 8, 2019

      Would you believe that was the fist thing I noticed. He has aged very quickly. You said 15 years, I say 20.
      I mean we all have to get old, but bondu… not at that speed he looking..

    • Jack Sparrow
      February 8, 2019

      I said the same thing, looks 20 years older. It was the first thing I noticed.

  9. Joseph John
    February 7, 2019

    THANK YOU Dr Henderson. I was kind of uneasy about you on the ballot. I know you are a well educated and well experience Dominican I know, and I would hate to go against you.. Your credibility is awesome. But I will definitely be going up as an independent. I see DLP gaining 20 seats and I the other one. If that happens I will automatically became the leader of the opposition. I will win1. DLP will win 20. Experience of the last four years have taught me that opposition forces made up of 5 parties and Pappy are just fakes with nothing to offer. I mean the government of the DLP was left to do everything for the recovery after Erica, Mathew and Maria. Opposition forces could do nothing. This is just shame full behavior. I will provide a different take and be the model of good stateman behavior in Parliament.
    That is the first step to my forming a new party that will be filling 21 candidates in 2025.

  10. Belles
    February 7, 2019

    I agree with replacing the old with the new. Some of them pal reps just not doing their work and the government getting blows.# straightforward. New one for st Joe self…

    • viewsexpressed
      February 8, 2019

      Good blows too….they, that failed corrupt labour government headed by this incompetent PM has failed us big time and must get out of Dominica’s business. We need change and a more immature, decent, professional adult to get Skerrit out and bring back our suffering island to the standard of development, decency, most love island in the Caribbean and have our people engaged in the development of Dominica. Skerrit is a failure and he and 18 clowns ust get out. Go to Venezuela and chill our in the heat – this Skerrit has failed us, the people of Dominica and reduce our island to poverty, no employment, no Ross University and endless Bobol activities to clean up. We need to move on a we have Skerrit and his clowns and his corrupt government to get lost and get out.
      WE have decent, professional, hard working people ready to return Dominica to some level of decency. Hon Lennox Linton has earned it and he with his competent UWP Team will have us rise up again. Welcome Hon Linton and UWP…

  11. Shaka Zulu
    February 7, 2019

    Tell skerrit run in marigot and have swallow run in Villecase. That would be a good change. Vince you are a clown. Very funny indeed. Labour party is the change. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I am literally on the ground rolling in laughter. If Dominicans buy that nonesense then i guess the party is a representation of the people. What can i say!!

  12. Ibo France
    February 7, 2019

    A political party in government for the last nineteen straight years espousing wholesale CHANGE, how ridiculous! This is a clear indication that things are not working. The DLP is minimally exceptional and is not worthy of consideration at the next general elections. The ministers of government think that the country was willed to them. The misleader acts as though he has a god complex. There is just too much arrogance and not enough humility. The Skerrit-led-DLP administration is bedeviled with opaqueness and corruption. Dominicans look forward for a government with clean hands, as clean as Jesus’s police record.

    • Marvlyn George
      February 8, 2019

      De Observer

      DIbo France, did you say “clean hands?” 8-O :lol: 8-O 8-O :lol: 8-O :lol:

  13. John Jay
    February 7, 2019

    He is a U.S citizen, so he wont give it up for this when he is seeing labour going down so enjoy FREE MONIES while it last.

    • Mouche miel.
      February 7, 2019

      Don’t these guys. Despite being from the little dot in the wide Caribbean sea. ,lol!
      Just like his boss the double doctor alias KaKa Doc they have crooks faces. a strange look one of gross dishonesty looks.
      Sorry but their facial expressions tell volumes. This is substanciated by what they have done.
      No need to restate them their deeds can be taught as general knowledge or bad Civics in our schools.

    • Peace
      February 7, 2019

      Where all does get? For real. Since when he is US Citizen? A las.
      It good that the DLP see it fit to make changes to its team to bring new perspectives and ideas.
      Dr. Henderson, thank you for your service in the past and your continued service now and in the future.

      • viewsexpressed
        February 7, 2019

        Vince Henderson, Thankyou for what. Which past, which now and what future.? Vince is just passng by Look at the state of Domininca…go outside and look at the state for your village. Come down to Roseau and walk and drive about and tell us about the stench an what you smell and see. If you were a tourist you think you would like this? Well e dont like corruption within this government, they have failed under the carer of Skerrit. No wonder the tourist end up in St. Kitts, Antugua, Barbados and Jamaica mainly. We are kakarat and go ask Skerrit why, and talk to the so called Henderson also and ask him questions, because he just been a tourist, is pass he passing and leaving us in our squalor and misery and poverty and no jobs and no agriculture. Skerrit must Go. This man is a big failure, he has failed us and he must Go ASAP with his 18 clown, blind ministers.
        All you see what I mean? Is Skerrit that….(fil the blanks) that all you like. Worthless Prime (Odd) Minister. Skerrit must…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      February 8, 2019

      If you are suggesting that Henderson is a citizen of the United States of America, you might be completely wrong!
      Even if he lived in America for more than five years working for Roosevelt Skerrit in whatever capacity; it could be for a hundred years, he could have never obtained citizenship in this country. If he has children born here by a Dominica wife or servant, his children also will not  be counted an American citizen.

      Their citizen status would still have to be Dominican. What I am conveying to you is that, no Ambassador to the United States can file for citizenship based on working at the United Nations, nor in any foreign embassy! 

       The late John McCain, was born in South American on an American Base, I believe in Panama, nevertheless because he was born on the Base while his parent work for the United States government America he could only be a citizen of the United States.

      If Vince say he is American; ask for his papers!

  14. viewsexpressed
    February 7, 2019

    “Vince Henderson says he will not be a candidate in the next election” Good Vince, So Please On your way out take failed Skerrit and his hopeless waste of time 18 failed ministers with you. Trump the tramp will accommodate them. Bedfellows linking together in the White House.

    • Joan Thompson
      February 7, 2019

      Why do you think it is ok to insult Mr Trump in your comments about Dominica?

  15. LifeandDeath
    February 7, 2019

    They say Skerrit like Foreign Man, (everything good in DA given to a foreign man, AKA the Chinese and Bajan Bridges and of late Dominica Strong) but it is also clear that Vince is a Man that love Foreign..lol..Look how many years he out there living easy on Dominican Tax Payers, you all think he would come back and bathe in the mizeh?..
    If Dominicans ain’t wake up this election kwapo smoke all you pipe!! Vince is right about making a CHANGE next election.

  16. %
    February 7, 2019

    Labour is indeed the change,because it has introduced serious strife into politics. Brother against brother,sister against sister .
    The change is the harrassment and intimidation and teargassing of opposition members.
    The change is flocking to the financial center for money to buy milk .
    The change is an incoherent PM,a bad and lazy leader believing he is the only leader
    DLp has impoverished Dominica.Shame on you Vince.
    You cannot be PM,your other MISLEADERS can’t .
    You all were hollering,if not Skerrit, then who? Noone in DLP..
    Patriot Linton will lead us!!
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

    • St. Joe
      February 8, 2019

      Views Expressed and % I can see your frustration with our DR. HENDERSON. I remember your addressed him in a derogative way and he immediately corrected you, since then you have remained BLUE VEX.

      • Pipo
        February 9, 2019

        Vince Henderson is not a Dr. That is just vanity . He should be addressed as Mr. Henderson J.P. , the the degree he earned, nothing more, nothing less.

  17. acs
    February 7, 2019

    Change is a must labour must go

  18. Channel 1
    February 7, 2019

    But wait nuh…

    The other day when Vince used the phrase “free money” in relation to contributions towards dat ‘elusive’ geothermal project, it caused me to ponder as to the quantity of dumbness that has taken up residence in his mind.

    Prang….prang, look now I see mister uttering more unadulterated foolishness about Labour party is the change Dominicans are anticipating and “that change will be, returning new candidates and old ones too.” Can anybody make sense of these paradoxical utterances of Vince?

    There are however 2 critical inferences to be made from the conflicting statements of Vince:

    1. Vince & the Skerrit Labour party are acknowledging that Dominicans are indeed looking for & getting set for A CHANGE at the next general elections.

    2. The Labour government of Skerrit is in serious trouble. Publicly, they may put on a show of being mighty, but in their inner sanctum, they’re seeing an election defeat hurtling towards them.

    Stay tuned y’all….

  19. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    February 7, 2019

    Vince is enjoying his salary and the good life in the US compliments of the Dominica Tax Payers. Why would he come back and run? He didn’t break any ground here. I announced weeks ago that Isaac and Robbie and out and Mrs. Skerrit will be contesting the Roseau Central Seat. She even asked for their support of her candidacy. “Hartley Henry” already gave Skerrit the “Blue Print” for the next general election. Vince is merely confirming what sources have already indicated. :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P :-P

    • Winston Warrington
      February 7, 2019

      And who are DLP candidates for St Joseph.and Grand Fond?

      • Laughter the best
        February 7, 2019

        wow! my partner surface!!!! You, Saunders and ur ilk should form a party and name it DA lalin Party (DLP) bc guys surface every now and then hahahaha. I know a simple defense could be as simple we have lives and don’t spend our time online. I can/will response like wise.
        Vincent put it well many yrs ago when he said a certain cop has lalin & plenty.

        Awaiting you resurfacing soon in response to formation of the DLP- DA Lalin Party.

      • Joseph John
        February 7, 2019

        You can be both . Or you can declare yourself PM after you organize a mob like some people did on D Day. You can give “lazy Skerrit” 14 days to leave office and take over. As you will get recognition and support from the Skerrit Must Go Movement. You do not even need to have anything to offer the people. You just have to have Skerrit must go meetings in the streets with a mob.
        Declaring seem to be the recognized way to take over a government.
        No election needed.

      • Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
        February 8, 2019

        Stay tuned. I will release that one at the appropriate time.

  20. max
    February 7, 2019

    Of course is an agent of change …….change……small change nuh…..left over from $1 when you buy sometime for 90cents…Change.

  21. Neville
    February 7, 2019

    The DLP is finished unless they drop Skerrit. They need to realise that Skerrit is not for the party but rather for himself. He is planning to turn DA into a dictatorship and then he doesn’t need the party no more. All you will see!

    • %
      February 7, 2019

      You are right …After he goes,the party crashes to the ground. All the MISLEADERS will resign. Wonder where they will go to seek refuge..
      The world is a small place . Even is in a sewer hole those wickeds will be found ..
      Skerrit Must Go
      Skerrit Must Go
      LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  22. Not A Herd
    February 7, 2019

    Why is Vince Henderson running election campaign in Dominica when he is the overseas-based Ambassador to the United States? Is that the change he is talking about?

  23. Not A Herd
    February 7, 2019

    “The Dominica Labour Party sees itself as changing to build a new Dominica…” Give me a break! The DLO has had the last 19 years to bring positive transformational change to Dominica. And they have failed. Now, in the upcoming elections, they are portraying themselves as the agents of change. Magway sa!

    • viewsexpressed
      February 7, 2019

      Agents of questionable thievery, bobol, failed government, hopeless 18 cabinet ministers. Ignorant of the facts and processes of development. We cannot have people who are assigned in the USA, come down here like country bookies and behave like they were never in Dominica. As we suffer here, they talk about give that failed incompetent Skerrit some more time. So what to further kill this nature Isle? Skerrit is clueless of development much less to effectively represent Domininca overseas. We are really fedup with this nonsense illiterate Skerrit. His useless Ambassadors coming down here and talking BS nonsense in particular on DBS radio as if something is happening in Dominica.
      These so called overseas diplomats, Ambassadors, Attaches (some foreign person), running about with our Country name. So many passports about the place and now we have to have to seek visa to entire Canada a Commonwealth Country, where so many Dominicans resides. Skerrit has stained Dominica. Skerrit must Go…

    • Joe Linton
      February 7, 2019

      Not A Herd you are definitely walking with your eyes close!!!!!

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