BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - UNDER the leadership of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) swept back into government for the sixth consecutive time, after a landslide victory at the polls on Tuesday (Dec. 6).
Skerrit, last month, called snap elections two years ahead of when it is due, catching the major opposition parties, United Workers Party (UWP) and the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), off guard, which prompted them to boycott the elections.
The UWP was unable to field candidates for all areas and several candidates of the DLP, including incumbent Skerrit, retained their seats as they were the only ones nominated for the district.
When the dust settled on Tuesday, the DLP won 19 of the 21 seats on offer while the remaining two went to independent candidates.
Speaking on local radio station DBS after winning, Skerrit congratulated the independent candidates for their success, noting that their victory showed a clear indication that “the elections were credible and they were free and fair and that the voters of Dominica exercised their right to vote”.
Since announcing the snap elections, Skerrit had come in for heavy criticisms, with the opposition parties suggesting that the elections were not going to be credible.
Skerrit is expected to meet with the UWP personnel on the way forward for the country.
The Prime Minister, who was sworn in yesterday, will also meet with all candidates who contested the elections to get a feedback on the way forward for the country as part of the national reset.