Roseau Dominica: The Grand Bay by-elections are now just a week away from their conduct. The Dominica Labour Party have strengthened its campaigning techniques as the hunt for a new parliamentarian ends on November 25 2021.
After the sudden passing of parliament representative Edward Registe, the Grand Bay constituency had been without a representative. As per the law, the elections must occur within 90-days; thus the Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit declared the elections in late October.
The Dominica Labour Party, which is currently in power, has nominated Vince Henderson as their contender. While the opposition, United Workers Party (UWP), is not participating in the elections, three independent candidates are testing their fate.
Vince Henderson, who was the Foreign Minister of Dominica between 2008 to 2009, had been away from active politics since then. He has been the Ambassador to the United States of America and a permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS).
Henderson has promised to serve the people of Grand Bay. He assured the public that he would go off-limits to serve the people of his constituency.
Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit also called the Grand Bay a very significant seat for the country’s politics. He said former Prime Minister Pierre Charles was also the parliamentarian from the Grand Bay constituency.
On Tuesday, November 16, Henderson interacted with the youth of Grand Coulibree, Tete Morne/ Montine.
Melissa Poponne Skerrit: Parliament Representative from Roseau Central and the wife of Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, called people to support Henderson; she wrote on Facebook with a flyer, “Support Vince Henderson for Grand Bay on November 26”.
The Dominica Labour Party also promised full virtual campaigning due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Only a few public meetings were held physically but with complete adherence to COVID-19 related protocols.