Category Archives: Caribbean News

PART VIII: OAS 2014 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ELECTORAL REFORM IN DOMINICA FOR THE ATTENTION OF SIR BYRON.

The OAS observed an electoral process in the Commonwealth of Dominica for the first time in 2009. In preparing to observe the December 8th General Elections in 2014, an OAS Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) comprising electoral specialists drawn from six OAS Member States was sent to Dominica. Following the elections, the OAS mission issued its […]

Can’t fix Library in a Billion Economy

He beats his chest and insults hard working businessmen who challenges his voodoo economic theory …. “We now have a billion dollar economy he says”… Yes we have a billion dollar economy but we can’t fix our one and only national library sitting right next to the $32 million dollar presidential palace prepared for one […]

PART VII: SIR BYRON’S MUST CONSIDER ALL PAST OAS OBSERVER MISSION REPORTS: 2009 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ELECTORAL REFORM IN DOMINICA.

In the last edition of this series, the OAS was recognized as an organization with the mandate to promote and defend the principles and values of democracy, inclusive of freedom of speech, openness, transparency, tolerance for the diversity of political views, respect for the rule of law and ensuring free and fair elections. The OAS […]

PART VI: SIR BYRON MUST CONSIDER THE HOSTILITY OF THE DLP GOVERNMENT TOWARD THE DEMOCRATIC VALUES PROMOTED AND DEFENDED BY THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS)

In June 2016, the Secretary-General of the OAS, Mr. Luis Almagro blamed President Nicolas Maduro’s government for the crisis in Venezuela. He described the country before the OAS Council as one mired in poverty, bad governance, corruption and violence. Most of the member states of the OAS voted in favor of Almagro presenting his report […]

PART IV- THE APPOINTMENT OF SIR. DENNIS BYRON IN CONTEXT OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE TO AMEND AND MAKE ELECTORAL LAWS

Inasmuch as it is constitutionally and ethically improper for the executive arm of government to invite Sir Dennis Byron to conduct a half a million dollar “consultancy” on electoral reform, one is mindful that Section 41 of our Constitution mandates the government “to make laws for the peace, order and good government of Dominica,” subject […]

WILL THE COMMITTEE OF CONCERNED LAWYERS (CCL) PRESSURE THE AG TO FINALIZE THE PASSAGE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION ACT (LPA)?

In the last term of the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) administration (1990-1995), a draft Legal Profession Bill (LPB) was circulated for consideration. Nothing came out of it in the same way that little has been achieved in Dominica since the Freedom Party joined with the Labour Party to oust the progressive United Workers Party from […]

PART 2: DOES THE CLAIMANT-PM SKERRIT WANT TO NEGOTIATE A WAY OUT OF HIS LAWSUIT AGAINST DR. FONTAINE WHILE THE CASE IS FRUSTRATED WITH UNDUE DELAY AT THE HIGH COURT?

by Dominica Patriot Contributor Dr.Fontaine has been resolute in his desire to bring to an end what he considers to be the wanton sale of Dominica’s passports and the lack of transparency and accountability of the funds that are supposed to be reported to the treasury of Dominica. He has been anxious to have his […]

PART 1: DOES THE CLAIMANT-PM SKERRIT WANT TO NEGOTIATE A WAY OUT OF HIS LAWSUIT AGAINST DR. FONTAINE WHILE THE CASE IS FRUSTRATED WITH UNDUE DELAY AT THE HIGH COURT?

– by Patriot Contributor  IN 2011, Prime Minister Skerrit filed a lawsuit against Dr. Thomson Fontaine and West Indies Communications Enterprises Limited (WICE), the parent company of Q95 FM Radio, seeking damages and aggravating damages for defamation contained in certain emails and statements. The lawsuit alleged that Dr. Fontaine pulished false allegations on various media […]

THE LAW AND THE IMPROPER PRACTICE OF CONSULTATION UNDER SKERRIT/SAVARIN JURISDICTION IN DOMINICA

The recent appointment of Mr. Lincoln Corbette and Davidson Valerie to the Offices of Chief and Deputy Chief of Police respectively has once again forced upon us the vexing issue of abuse of authority and the continuing violation of our Constitution by the Prime Minister and President of Dominica that we must revisit. The United […]

PART II: THE AUTHORITY OF PM SKERRIT TO APPOINT RETIRED CARIBBEAN JURIST SIR CHARLES M. DENNIS BYRON AS SOLE ELECTION COMMISSIONER: THE SCOPE OF HIS CONSULTANCY FOR ELECTORAL REFORM

PART II:  THE AUTHORITY OF PM SKERRIT TO APPOINT RETIRED CARIBBEAN JURIST SIR CHARLES M. DENNIS BYRON AS SOLE ELECTION COMMISSIONER: THE SCOPE OF HIS CONSULTANCY FOR ELECTORAL REFORM The Prime Minister keeps referring to his appointee Sir Byron as the “Sole Electoral Reform Commissioner”. The media headlines in Dominica read, “Dominica Cabinet approves appointment […]