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DFP leader proposes electoral reform measures for free and fair elections – Dominica News Online

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DFP political leader, Kent Vital

Freedom of information is among electoral reform measures that Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), Kent Vital is proposing to ensure free and fair elections.

“Transparency reduces the ability of elected officials to hide official information that could be important for the public to exercise fair judgement in selecting the government that they want to manage their affairs,” Vital said during a panel on electoral reform which was held recently.

He said independence of the Electoral Commission and better composition of the Commission were necessary to ensure effective and fair administration of the electoral system.

Vital has also placed the the integrity in public office commission on his electoral reform list and is calling for “better composition of the commission to better implement the mandate of the commission which is critical for reducing corruption in public office.”

He is of the view that to remove persons from the list who have not been resident in Dominica for more than 5 years and not simply being absent from Dominica for a continuous period, is the true spirit and intent of the law.

“This needs to be corrected and clarified,” he stated. “These are some of the reforms that we need.”

The DFP leader added, “We also need to consider whether we need to extend the right to vote to citizens in general or to persons with interest.”

He noted that those reforms that can help the country reach its ultimate goal must be considered.

“But in all of this, we want to avoid the ramification of not having free and fair elections,” Vital stated. “We have a liberal democracy political system and free and fair elections is really the cornerstone that determines the legitimacy of those that govern us.”

Free and fair elections, he stated, could determine whether we come together after a general election and be inspired to build the Commonwealth.

Furthermore, Vital pointed, democracy, through general elections, gives voters the opportunity to determine whether a sitting government is worthy of a second term, “otherwise the public gives another political party the opportunity to govern.”

He believes that if this “sacred cycle” is broken through elections that are not free and fair then, “there are many potential ramifications, including mistrust which impact our ability to work together.”

Meantime, Vital pointed out election observers for the last two elections have all noted that elections were not necessarily fair and made recommendations for reforms.”

“The term necessarily was used or implied simply because the observers did not have the time to fully investigate the situations they noted,” Vital explained. “If they had that time I am certain they would have not used the word necessarily….They would have said it was certainly not fair.”

He argued that the perception of cheating needs to be removed.

 “Even if you want to think it’s just a perception,” Vital remarked, “even addressing that perception is really a sound justification for doing electoral reforms.”





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Dominican actress shines in the US

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Dominican actress shines in the USAnother daughter of the soil has made her country proud in a field that few Dominicans pursue. Disnie Sebastien, fondly known as Myan to family and friends in Dominica, is the daughter of Riviere Sebastien and Annette Austrie and resided…

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Deniscia Laurent wins Ms DSC Jamboree; Sheldon Piper is DSC top male model

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Deniscia Laurent, Law Enforcement Major has captured the title of Miss Mas Jamboree 2020 whilst NarZym Sheldon Piper an Entrepreneurship Major emerged winner of the Mr. DSC Modeling Competition.

The Miss Mas Jamboree Pageant was held on Tuesday February 18th 2020 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Forecourt.

The 2nd Runner Up went to Kayjah Charles and 1st Runner up went to Dainisha Eusebe.

Carsim Brimingham emerged 1st Runner up of the Mr. DSC Modeling Competition.

The Result of the Pageant is as follows:

Miss Photogenic – Dainisha Eusebe

Miss Amity – Aaliyah Alexander

People’s Choice – Kayjah Charles

Best in Runway – Dainisha Eusebe

Best Talent – Dainisha Eusebe

Best in Evening Wear – Dainisha Eusebe

Best Evening Wear – Deniscia Laurent

Best in Swimwear – Dainisha Eusebe

Best Thematic Wear – Kayjah Charles

Best Response to Question – Kayjah Charles

Meantime, Mr. DSC Modeling Competition was a new addition to the pageant where four young men participated.

Director of Students Activities at the DSC, Trudy Christian said that “the male aspect of the show was included to encourage more guys to come out to Mas Jamboree”.

Christian said that pageantry is mainly viewed as a female event.  However, they wanted participation from the entire student body.

“We wanted to really have participation from the whole student body, I think the male competition did exactly what we intended it to do it brought out a bigger crowd to Mas Jamboree 2020” she said.

Furthermore, Christian said that the pageant continues to make a significant contribution to Dominica’s carnival.





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DMA official sees potential for manufacturing of pharmaceuticals in Dominica

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Dr. Gail Defoe (left) with other DMA officials

Executive Member of the Dominica Manufacturer’s Association (DMA), Dr. Gail Defoe, has highlighted the need for consideration to be given to the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals in Dominica in light of the significant challenge that viruses and bacteria now present to the world.

“The single biggest challenge in the world and our future would be viruses and bacteria,” Dr. Defoe said at DMA-organized press conference on Tuesday. “We have diseases far worse than the coronavirus…”

“What does that mean to manufacturers? And what does that mean for our countries?” Defoe asked about the coronavirus, which, over the past two and a half months, has killed hundreds of people, particularly in China, the country where the virus is reported to have originated.

According to the latest reports, some 75,303 people have been infected, 2012 have died and 15,126 have recovered.

Dr. Defoe explained that at present, Japan’s economy is said to be going into a recession because all the tourists from America are no longer going to Japan.

“How do we as a small island state ensure that within our economy we have the resources to combat these disorders and diseases?” Defoe asked. “We can do that through research and through manufacturing.”

She continued, “So as we think about manufacturing we have to broaden our thinking on not only being able to manufacture sweets and candies but especially pharmaceuticals, which we are rich in.”





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