Category Archives: Dominica News

PART XII: RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE JOINT- SPECIAL MISSION OF CARICOM-OAS-COMMONWEALTH FOR ELECTORAL REFORM: A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR SIR BYRON’ S REVIEW

Having intentionally ignored the recommendations of past Observer Missions from the Secretariats of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS), the Commonwealth (COMSEC), and Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as well as those recommended of  local political parties, and business and civic organizations, the DLP-Administration in August 2019 invited a Joint-Special Mission from the CARICOM, the COMSEC and OAS to […]

PART-II: THE DOMINICAN DEMOCRATIC CONSTRUCT UNDER SCRUTINY

The nature of democracy in Dominica was discussed in Part-I of this series. The grim theory of Thomas Hobbs was referenced in concluding that Dominicans may well have become wicked to themselves in giving support to an anti-democratic style of governance and unwittingly accepting the rule of a simpering Leviathan as Prime Minister. The observation […]

PART XI: 2014 & 2019 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ELECTORAL REFORM IN DOMINICA BY COMMONWEALTH OBSERVER MISSIONS FOR CONSIDERATION OF SIR BYRON

In 2014, the Commonwealth Observer Mission to Dominica noted that elections were conducted in a peaceful manner and met several key democratic benchmarks, including freedom of association, expression, assembly and movement, as well as equal and universal suffrage and the right to vote. The high percentage of women who participated and won their seats was […]

PART X: REPORTS OF COMMONWEALTH OBSERVER MISSIONS ON 2014 & 2019 ELECTIONS IN DOMINICA–THE POTENTIAL SEED FOR HIRING OF SIR BYRON.

The Prime Minister of Dominica advised the nation that retired Chief Justice, Sir Denis Byron will not necessarily be serving as a “Sole Commissioner” to review and to make legislative proposals for electoral reform in Dominica, contrary to his initial declaration. Although Sir Byron has already commenced his work, he will be ably assisted in compiling […]

PART-I: DOMINICANS MAY HAVE ENDORSED THE NASTIEST ASPECTS OF DEMOCRACY WITH A SMILING LEVIATHAN?

The former Ambassador of Dominica to the United Nations, Mr. Crispin Gregoire, recently stated on a local radio program, “Dominica has reached an unfortunate stage… it has embraced a two for one leadership style adopted by the Roosevelt Skerrit Administration – whereby every elected DLP member is part of the executive and also legislative arm […]

AWAITING A JUDGMENT ON THE STRIKE-OUT APPLICATION OF THE ELECTION PETITION FILED BY THE OPPOSITION

“The inordinate delay bug which has infected our justice system is biting hard in Dominica,” lamented a caller on a local radio talk show- essentially echoing the sentiments of many frustrated Dominicans over the unreasonable delay in dealing with matters brought before the High Court of Dominica. It is approaching ten months since an election […]

PART IX: WHILE AWAITING THE FINAL REPORT OF THE OAS ON THE DECEMBER 2019 ELECTIONS, SIR BYRON MUST TAKE NOTE OF THE OAS’ PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATION

Following the declaration of results in the December 2019 general elections, the OAS Observer Mission issued its preliminary findings and recommendations. It advised that a more detailed final report that expands on its observations and recommendations will be presented to the OAS Permanent Council in Washington, D.C. The said report is supposed to be shared with […]

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 […]