House of Assembly of Dominica

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House of Assembly of Dominica
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Type
Type
Seats 31 members
Meeting place
Roseau
Website
www.dominica.gov.dm
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The House of Assembly is the legislature of Dominica. It is established by Chapter III of the Constitution of Dominica, and together with the President of Dominica constitutes Dominica's Parliament. The House is unicameral, and consists of twenty-one Representatives, nine Senators, and an ex officio member. The Speaker of the House becomes the thirty-second member when chosen from outside the membership of the House.

Representatives are directly elected in single member constituencies using the simple-majority (or First-past-the-post) system for a term of five years. The Representatives in turn decide whether the Senators are to be elected by their vote, or appointed. If appointed, five are chosen by the president with the advice of the prime minister and four with the advice of the opposition leader. There is one ex officio member and the remaining seat is held by the Speaker.

Alix Boyd Knights is the current Speaker of the House of Assembly, and was elected from outside the membership of the House. First elected on April 17, 2000, Knights is the longest to serve in that position.[1]

The Cabinet of Dominica is appointed from members of the House of Assembly. However, no more than three Senators may be members of the Cabinet.

Representatives[edit]

As of the election held on 18 December 2009, the Dominica Labour Party holds 18 of the 21 directly elected seats, and the opposition United Workers' Party holds three seats. The next election is scheduled for 2014.[2]

Constituency Representative Party Notes
Castle Bruce DrigoJohnson Drigo DLP
Colihaut ToulonRonald Toulon DLP
Cottage AustrieReginald Victor Austrie DLP
Grand Bay CharlesJustina Charles DLP
La Plaine Saint-JeanPetter Saint-Jean DLP
Mahaut BlackmooreRayburn John Blackmoore DLP
Marigot JamesEdison James UWP Seat declared vacant in April 2010.[3] Won seat back in 9 July 2010 by-election.[4]
Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique StephensonIvor Stephenson DLP
Paix Bouche WalterMatthew Joseph Walter DLP
Petite Savanne Darroux, KennethKenneth Melchoir Darroux DLP
Portsmouth DouglasIan Douglas DLP
Roseau Central PrevostNorris Prevost UWP
Roseau North TimothyJulius C. Timothy DLP
Roseau South GeorgeAmbrose George DLP
Roseau Valley McIntyreJohn Collin McIntyre DLP
Salisbury JohnHector John UWP Seat declared vacant in April 2010.[3] Won seat back in 9 July 2010 by-election.[4] Sworn in as Leader of the Opposition on 19 July 2010.[5]
Salybia GranaeuAshton Graneau DLP
St. Joseph Darroux, KelverKelver Dwight Darroux DLP
Soufrière MartinSam Edward Martin DLP
Vieille Case SkerritRoosevelt Skerrit DLP Assumed position of Prime Minister 8 January 2004.
Wesley ShillingfordGloria Marilyn Shillingford DLP

Senators[edit]

Due to the opposition boycott of the House of Assembly, only five senators were initially appointed.[6]

Senator Party Notes
Baptiste Dayton Baptiste DLP Appointed by the Prime Minister, sworn in on 4 January 2010.[6] Resigned to run as a candidate in the 2010 by-election.[7]
BazilEzekiel Bazil UWP Appointed by the Opposition Leader on 5 August 2010.[8]
BernardAlvin Bernard DLP Appointed by the Prime Minister, sworn in on 4 January 2010.[6]
GreenRon Green UWP Appointed by the Opposition Leader on 5 August 2010.[8]
IsidoreRonnie Isidore UWP Appointed by the Opposition Leader on 5 August 2010.[8]
Jean-JacquesTammy Jean-Jacques DLP Appointed by the Prime Minister, sworn in on 4 January 2010.[6]
SanfordDaniel Lugay UWP Appointed by the Opposition Leader, sworn in on 25 October 2011, to replace the resigning Claudius Sanford.[9]
RoyerBentley Royer DLP Appointed by the Prime Minister, sworn in on 4 January 2010.[6] Resigned to run as a candidate in the 2010 by-election.[10]
SavarinCharles Savarin DLP Appointed by the Prime Minister, sworn in on 4 January 2010.[6]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Boyd Knights celebrates stint as longest serving House Speaker, 21 April 2010, retrieved 22 April 2010 .
  2. ^ PM announces date for general elections, Dominica News Online, 14 February 2011, retrieved 21 February 2011 [dead link].
  3. ^ a b BBC Caribbean News in Brief: Opposition wins Dominica by-election, BBC Caribbean, 12 July 2010, retrieved 14 July 2010 
  4. ^ a b Electoral Office, 2010 By-Election Results (Final Count), Commonwealth of Dominica, retrieved 25 September 2010 [dead link].
  5. ^ Hector John Sworn in as Leader of the Opposition, Dominica Central, 20 July 2010, retrieved 2010-09-25 [dead link].
  6. ^ a b c d e f DLP announces new senators, Dominica News Online, 4 February 2010, retrieved 25 September 2010 [dead link].
  7. ^ DLP's Dayton Baptiste Concedes Defeat in Marigot By-election, Dominica Central, 10 July 2010, retrieved 25 September 2010 [dead link].
  8. ^ a b c Ron Green named opposition senator, Caribbean Daily News, 5 August 2010, retrieved 25 September 2010 [dead link].
  9. ^ UWP appoints new senator, Dominica News Online, 25 October 2011, retrieved 26 October 2011 .
  10. ^ Bentley Royer Begrudgingly Concedes Defeat in Salisbury, Dominica Central, 10 July 2010, retrieved 14 July 2010 [dead link].

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