2014 Dominican general election

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2014 Dominican general election

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All 21 seats in the Dominica House of Assembly
11 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  RooseveltSkerrit.jpg Blank.png
Leader Roosevelt Skerrit Lennox Linton
Party DLP UWP
Leader's seat Vieille Case Marigot
Last election 18 seats, 61.34% 3 seats, 34.73%
Seats won 15 seats 6 seats
Seat change Decrease 3 Increase 3
Popular vote 23,208 17,479
Percentage 56.99% 42.92%
Swing Decrease 4.35pp Increase 8.19pp

Prime Minister before election

Roosevelt Skerrit
DLP

Prime Minister

Roosevelt Skerrit
DLP

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Administrative divisions (parishes)

General elections were held in Dominica on 8 December 2014 to elect the 21 members of the House of Assembly. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced the election date on 5 November 2014 and Nomination Day was held on 19 November. Under Dominica's electoral system, the Prime Minister has the authority to call elections at any time and is only required to give a minimum of twenty-five days notice.[1]

The ruling social democratic Dominica Labour Party lost three seats but retained a commanding majority, with 15 of the 21 seats in Parliament. The remaining six seats were won by the centre-right United Workers' Party, which has remained the sole opposition party in Parliament since the 2005 election.[2]

Electoral system[edit]

The 21 elected members of the House of Assembly were elected in single-member constituencies. A further nine members were appointed by the President, five on the advice of the Prime Minister and four on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition.[3]

Campaign[edit]

Forty-four candidates contested the twenty-one constituencies; the two dominant parties (Dominica Labour Party and United Workers' Party) ran candidates in each constituency, whilst two independent candidates also participated in the elections.[1]

Results[edit]

The opposition gained three seats, winning all three constituencies in the capital Roseau, and three constituencies in a rural belt across the lower part of northern Dominica.

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Dominica Labour Party 23,208 56.99 15 –3
United Workers' Party 17,479 42.92 6 +3
Independents 37 0.09 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 471
Total 41,195 100 21 0
Registered voters/turnout 72,279 56.99
Source: Electoral Office

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