Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called for a nationalistic approach to managing Sir Dennis Byron’s report on Electoral Reform.
The report was presented to various groups and organizations including NGOs, media houses, churches, political parties, and trade unions, amongst others, at a function held at the State House Conference Centre on Wednesday.
Sir Byron was tasked by the Government of Dominica to be the sole commissioner to advance efforts towards electoral reform in Dominica.
“I want in the final analysis for Dominica to be the ultimate winner in this exercise…,” he said. “I want for there to be a nationalistic approach to the management of this assignment.”
According to the prime minister, this is not a partisan political affair, “it is also not the sole responsibility of politicians, political parties or government officials.”
Skerrit continued, “Every organized group in Dominica, every special interest group in Dominica, every Dominican with an interest in the future of Dominica are being invited to lend their voice in the discussion.”
He pointed out that those who have been presented copies of the final report are invited to discuss the report with their members, canvas their views of the wider groups and fraternities, “and return to us on invitation with prepared presentations and recommendations on how we move forward.”
“I would like to think that we can convene four centralized events over a 10-day period, during which we can hear from the most wide-bodied and influential groups in society.”
Mr. Skerrit continued, “Thereafter I foresee us taking the discussions to the community level where individuals from each geographical region can and will be provided the opportunity to weigh in on the subject.”
Furthermore, the Prime Minister intends to share the report with respected regional and international luminaries and organizations before finally tabling new draft legislation in the Parliament of Dominica.
“It is my fervent wish that we can conclude this process and the legislation can be passed and enacted into law before the end of this calendar year,” he noted.
Mr. Skerrit, therefore, called on the general public to take an active and sincere part in the process.
“I believe that just as we will rally together in the days ahead to navigate whatever comes our way weather-wise, we should also rally together in the weeks and months ahead to agree on the four corners of the new electoral administrative procedures of the Commonwealth of Dominica,” he stated.