House of Assembly of Dominica
House of Assembly of Dominica
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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 the Attorney General as an ex officio member. The Speaker of the House becomes the thirty-second member if 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. The current Senators are appointed.
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.
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.
Since the election held on 8 December 2014, the Dominica Labour Party has held 15 of the 21 directly elected seats, and the opposition United Workers' Party has held six elected seats. The next election is not yet scheduled.
|Castle Bruce||Johnson Drigo||DLP|
|Cottage||Reginald Victor Austrie||DLP|
|Grand Bay||Justina Charles||DLP|
|La Plaine||Petter Saint-Jean||DLP|
|Mahaut||Rayburn John Blackmoore||DLP|
|Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique||Ivor Stephenson||DLP|
|Paix Bouche||Roselyn Paul||DLP|
|Petite Savanne||Kenneth Melchoir Darroux||DLP|
|Roseau Central||Joseph Isaac||DLP|
|Roseau North||Daniel Lugay||UWP|
|Roseau South||Joshua Francis||UWP|
|Roseau Valley||John Collin McIntyre||DLP|
|St. Joseph||Kelver Dwight Darroux||DLP|
|Soufrière||Denise Charles||DLP||Succeeded Ian Pinard in 2016 by-election.|
|Vieille Case||Roosevelt Skerrit||DLP||Assumed position of Prime Minister 8 January 2004.|
|Isaac Baptiste||UWP||Appointed by Leader of the Opposition.|
|Francine Baron||DLP||Appointed by Prime Minister.|
|Miriam Blanchard||DLP||Appointed by Prime Minister.|
|Kenneth Darroux||DLP||Appointed by Prime Minister.|
|Thomson Fontaine||UWP||Appointed by Leader of the Opposition.|
|John Collin McIntyre||DLP||Appointed by Prime Minister.|
|Felix Thomas||UWP||Appointed by Leader of the Opposition.|
|Robert Tonge||DLP||Appointed by Prime Minister.|
|Monell Williams||UWP||Appointed by Leader of the Opposition.|
- List of members of the House of Assembly of Dominica
- List of Speakers of the House of Assembly of Dominica
- History of Dominica
- List of legislatures by country
- Boyd Knights celebrates stint as longest serving House Speaker, 21 April 2010, retrieved 22 April 2010.
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