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General Election Results - 31 January 2000

General elections were held in Dominica on 31 January 2000 for the 21 Representatives of the House of Assembly on the normal expiry of their term of office. 

The unicameral Parliament of Dominica, the House of Assembly, is composed of 21 elected Representatives, in single-member constituencies through a fisr-past-the-post system. Of the remaining eleven members, nine are appointed by the Head of State and two - the Speaker and the Attorney General - are ex-officio. The normal duration of the legislature is 5 years.

The ruling centre-left United Workers' Party (UWP), led by Prime Minister Edison James, was primarily opposed by the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), headed by Rosie Douglas.

The electoral campaign was dominated by the Dominica Labour Party's charges of corruption including that the government's selling of passports to wealthy foreigners was besmirching the island's image.  Like several Caribbean countries, Dominica began selling passports under programmes linked to offshore banking centres in the early 1990s, in order to offset a decline in revenues resulting from the drying-up of traditional aid sources and the collapse of the banana industry.

As for the ruling UWP, it tried to focus attention on its record of building new homes, schools and roads, as well as the 3.5% economic growth recorded in 1999, despite troubles within the banana industry, the biggest foreign exchange earner. 
About 60 000 people were registered to choose 21 legislators among the 56 candidates.

The DLP was elected to office, winning ten of the 21 seats in the House of Assembly while the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), won two seats.  These two parties were partners in the opposition and between the 1995 and 2000 general elections had agreed to alternate the office of Opposition Leader.  The UWP, which had won the 1995 general elections with a slim one-seat majority, won only nine seats this time around.

On 7 February, the new Prime Minister, Rosie Douglas, and his coalition Cabinet comprising the DLP and DFP, were sworn in.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
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Total Valid Votes 35,679
Invalid Votes 565
Total Votes Cast 36,244
Population 74,429
Voting Age Population 41,334
Registered Voters 60,266
Voter Turnout 60.14%
Critical Dates
Dissolution of Parliament Nomination Day Polling Day
Monday, 3 January 2000 - 31 January 2000
Summary by Party
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
Dominica Labour Party DLP 15,360 43.05% 21 10
United Workers Party UWP 15,428 43.24% 21 9
Dominica Freedom Party DFP 4,862 13.63% 12 2
Independents IND 29 0.08% 1 0
Total Valid Votes 35,679 100% 55 21
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Summary by Constituency
Constituency Registered Voters DLP UWP DFP IND Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
Castle Bruce 2,424 672 727 75 - 1,474 6 1,480 61.06%
Colihaut 1,426 368 293 246 - 907 9 916 64.24%
Cottage 1,852 812 119 205 - 1,136 11 1,147 61.93%
Grand Bay 3,643 1,341 203 124 - 1,668 30 1,698 46.61%
La Plaine 2,163 381 941 - - 1,322 14 1,336 61.77%
Mahaut 5,393 1,200 1,399 754 - 3,353 27 3,380 62.67%
Marigot 2,516 161 1,138 - - 1,299 11 1,310 52.07%
Morne Jaune/ Riviere Cyrique 1,401 444 582 - - 1,026 11 1,037 74.02%
Paix Bouche 2,436 1,179 223 110 - 1,512 5 1,517 62.27%
Petite Savanne 2,397 1,150 425 - - 1,575 10 1,585 66.12%
Portsmouth 2,766 1,333 134 - - 1,467 26 1,493 53.98%
Roseau Central 3,811 37 999 1,004 29 2,069 28 2,097 55.02%
Roseau North 5,885 713 1,728 728 - 3,169 13 3,182 54.07%
Roseau South 5,200 1,549 1,145 385 - 3,079 145 3,224 62.00%
Roseau Valley 1,659 494 652 - - 1,146 4 1,150 69.32%
Salisbury 2,487 126 1,016 315 - 1,457 18 1,475 59.31%
Salybia 1,982 897 616 - - 1,513 22 1,535 77.45%
St. Joseph 2,689 986 843 - - 1,829 90 1,919 71.36%
Soufreire 3,386 56 814 892 - 1,762 10 1,772 52.33%
Vieille Case 2,026 754 498 24 - 1,276 50 1,326 65.45%
Wesley 2,724 707 933 - - 1,640 25 1,665 61.12%
Total 60,266 15,360 15,428 4,862 29 35,679 565 36,244 60.14%
Elected Members of the House of Assembly
The Dominica House of Assembly has 32 members, 21 members elected for a five year term in single-seat constituencies, 9 appointed senators, the Speaker and 1 ex-officio member.
Constituency Representative   Party
Castle Bruce Loreen BANNIS-ROBERTS   United Workers Party
Colihaut Osborne RIVIERE   Dominica Labour Party
Cottage Reginald AUSTRIE   Dominica Labour Party
Grand Bay Pierre CHARLES   Dominica Labour Party
La Plaine Ronald M. GREEN   United Workers Party
Mahaut Julien PREVOST   United Workers Party
Marigot Edison C. JAMES   United Workers Party
Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Gertrude ROBERTS   United Workers Party
Paix Bouche Matthew J. WALTER   Dominica Labour Party
Petite Savanne Urban BARON   Dominica Labour Party
Portsmouth Rosie DOUGLAS   Dominica Labour Party
Roseau Central Charles A SAVARIN   Dominica Freedom Party
Roseau North Julius TIMOTHY   United Workers Party
Roseau South Ambrose V. GEORGE   Dominica Labour Party
Roseau Valley Norris CHARLES   United Workers Party
Salisbury Earl M. WILLIAMS   United Workers Party
Salybia Kelly GRANEAU   Dominica Labour Party
St. Joseph Vince HENDERSON   Dominica Labour Party
Soufriere Frederick BARON   Dominica Freedom Party
Vieille Case Roosevelt SKERRIT   Dominica Labour Party
Wesley Peter CARBON   United Workers Party
Key
DLP = Dominica Labour Party; UWP = United Workers Party; IND = Independent Candidate; *incumbent; ** Political Leader
Sources
Electoral Office of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica
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