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General Election Results - 18 December 2009

On 19 November 2009, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced that early elections would be held on 18 December or the 21 Representatives of the House of Assembly .  They were constitutionally due by May 2010.

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.

In the previous elections, which were held in May 2005, the Prime Minister's Dominica Labour Party (DLP) won 12 of the 21 directly elected seats.  Its coalition partner, the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), failed to win parliamentary representation for the first time since its inception in 1975.  The main opposition, the United Workers Party (UWP), took eight seats.  An independent candidate was also elected.

A record 62 candidates - 57 from five parties and five independent candidates - were vying for seats in 2009.  Although the DFP was running, the elections were widely seen as a two horse race between the DLP and the UWP.  The DLP was the only party fielding candidates in all 21 constituencies.  The UWP and the DFP fielded 17 and 11 candidates respectively.

The DLP pledged to improve the climate for foreign investment and to develop the agricultural, tourism and technology sectors to modernize the local economy.  It further promised to renovate the country's main roads and transform the capital into "the most modern and historic city" in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).The DLP promised to pursue its efforts to establish a Caribbean Community Single Market and Economy (CSME) and to consolidate existing relations with the European Union, Canada and the United States.

Prime Minister Skerrit criticized the UWP for having "no plan for the country".  In response, UWP leader Ronald Green launched a manifesto entitled "United for Dominica" on 15 December.  It comprised 20 pledges for "smart growth" to be achieved within 24 months.  It focused on restoring economic growth by boosting export earnings and rebuilding domestic demand.  The UWP also promised to develop a "green economy" by investing in renewable energy.  Many UWP candidates promised to create jobs and reduce the cost of fuel for fishermen.  The UWP argued that Prime Minister Skerrit's dual French-Dominican citizenship violated the Constitution.  The UWP also criticized the government for not reviewing the electoral roll, which comprised 67,000 registered voters for 72,000 inhabitants.

In the meantime, on 13 December, the DFP, led by Judith Pestaina, launched its manifesto.  It pledged to pass a freedom of information bill that would allow citizens to find out how their taxes are spent.  It also promised to introduce a national health insurance plan and proposed an EC$200 million (US$74 million) plan for agricultural diversification.

Turnout was reportedly high.  The polls were monitored by the Organization of American States (OAS) and CARICOM.  The OAS said that the elections had been free and fair.  The CARICOM declared the voting process had been conducted in an orderly, free, and peaceful manner.

The results gave 18 seats to the DLP.  The UWP took the three remaining seats.  UWP leader Green lost to a DLP candidate by a margin of two votes.  The DFP failed to win parliamentary representation for the second time in a row.  Two women were elected.

On 4 February 2010, the newly elected House of Assembly held its first session, which was boycotted by members of the UWP.  Five appointed members (all of whom are men) were sworn in on the same day.   Alix Boyd Knights was re-elected as Speaker.

On 5 January, Prime Minister Skerrit's new cabinet was sworn in.

ELECTION SNAPSHOT
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Total Valid Votes 36,318
Invalid Votes 589
Total Votes Cast 36,907
Population 70,996
Voting Age Population 40,374
Registered Voters 66,923
Voter Turnout 55.15%
ELECTION REPORTS
OAS Election Observers Report Download report
CARICOM Election Observers Statement Download report
PARTY MANIFESTOS
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ELECTION REPORTS
Caribbean Community Elecoral Observer Mission to Dominica Preliminary Report 2009 Download
Final Report of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission to the General Elections in the Commonwealth of Dominica, 18 December 2009 Download
Critical Dates
Dissolution of Parliament Nomination Day Polling Day
Thursday, 19 November 2009 Wednesday, 2 December 2009 Friday, 18 December 2009
Summary by Party
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
Dominica Labour Party DLP 22,235 61.22% 21 18
United Workers Party UWP 12,660 34.86% 18 3
Dominica Freedom Party DFP 870 2.40% 12 0
People's Democratic Movement PDM 180 0.50% 3 0
Dominica Progressive Party DPP 19 0.05% 4 0
Independents IND 354 0.97% 4 0
Total Valid Votes 36,318 100% 62 21
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Summary by Constituency
Constituency Registered Voters DLP UWP DFP PDM DPP IND Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Voter Turnout
Castle Bruce 2,717 841 686 - - - 7 1,534 39 1,573 57.89%
Colihaut 1,511 632 3 211 - - - 846 13 859 56.85%
Cottage 2,048 969 - - 162 - - 1,131 10 1,141 55.71%
Grand Bay 3,708 1,350 119 19 - 9 - 1,497 37 1,534 41.37%
La Plaine 2,421 724 722 - - - - 1,446 13 1,459 60.26%
Mahaut 6,428 2,136 1,457 56 - - - 3,649 36 3,685 57.33%
Marigot 2,536 228 835 - - - - 1,063 8 1,071 42.23%
Morne Jaune/ Riviere Cyrique 1,631 528 523 20 - - - 1,071 15 1,086 66.58%
Paix Bouche 2,608 1,157 151 - - - - 1,308 82 1,390 53.30%
Petite Savanne 2,546 1,243 - - - - 268 1,511 12 1,523 59.82%
Portsmouth 2,991 1,251 - 91 13 - 79 1,434 14 1,448 48.41%
Roseau Central 3,803 836 839 109 - 2 - 1,786 54 1,840 48.38%
Roseau North 6,678 1,655 1,538 95 - 3 - 3,291 82 3,373 50.51%
Roseau South 6,197 2,049 1,130 176 - - - 3,355 22 3,377 54.49%
Roseau Valley 2,310 936 658 20 - - - 1,614 14 1,628 70.48%
Salisbury 2,599 512 817 16 - - - 1,345 25 1,370 52.71%
Salybia 2,049 1,013 684 4 - - - 1,701 18 1,719 83.89%
St. Joseph 3,713 1,138 788 - 5 5 - 1,936 24 1,960 52.79%
Soufreire 3,240 1,214 777 53 - - - 2,044 35 2,079 64.17%
Vieille Case 2,110 1,041 148 - - - - 1,189 15 1,204 57.06%
Wesley 3,079 734 809 - - - - 1,543 21 1,564 50.80%
Total 66,923 22,187 12,684 870 180 19 354 36,294 589 36,883 55.11%
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 Johnson DRIGO   Dominica Labour Party
Colihaut Ronald TOULON   Dominica Labour Party
Cottage Reginald Victor AUSTRIE   Dominica Labour Party
Grand Bay Justina CHARLES   Dominica Labour Party
La Plaine Petter SAINT-JEAN   Dominica Labour Party
Mahaut Rayburn John BLACKMOORE   Dominica Labour Party
Marigot Edison Chenfil JAMES   United Workers Party
Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique Ivor STEPHENSON   Dominica Labour Party
Paix Bouche Matthew Joseph WALTER   Dominica Labour Party
Petite Savanne Kenneth Melchoir DARROUX   Dominica Labour Party
Portsmouth Ian C.A. DOUGLAS   Dominica Labour Party
Roseau Central Norris "Prevo" PREVOST   United Workers Party
Roseau North Julius C. TIMOTHY   Dominica Labour Party
Roseau South Ambrose GEORGE   Dominica Labour Party
Roseau Valley John Collin MCINTYRE   Dominica Labour Party
Salisbury Hector  JOHN   United Workers Party
Salybia Ashton GRANEAU   Dominica Labour Party
St. Joseph Kelver Dwight DARROUX    Dominica Labour Party
Soufriere Sam Edward MARTIN   Dominica Labour Party
Vieille Case Roosevelt SKERRIT   Dominica Labour Party
Wesley Gloria Marilyn SHILLINGFORD   Dominica Labour 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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