By-elections get underway in Marigot and Salisbury
The choice for the Parliamentary Representatives of the Salisbury and Marigot constituencies will be confirmed on Monday as polling stations were opened for the entire day July 9th, for by-elections in those communities.
The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) candidates Bentley ‘Tolo’ Royer and Dayton Baptiste of the Salisbury and Marigot Constituencies respectively will go head-to-head with United Workers Party (UWP) candidate Hector John and former Prime Minister Edison James of the respective constituencies.
A by-election was necessary under the constitution following the vacating of the two seats by the speaker of the house of assembly due to John and James’ non attendance at the nation’s Parliament earlier this year.
Candidates from both parties have expressed confidence in winning their seats as the days drew near to the election date. The DLP currently holds 18 seats, while the UWP holds one seat; the Roseau Central constituency by Norris Prevost.
The party won three of the 21 seats during the 2009 general elections. Many have speculated that if the DLP is victorious at the polls today, Dominica will be closer to becoming a one party state.
DLP officials have denounced that perception.