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Grand Fond donates to hurricane-stricken Bahamas – Dominica News Online

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Grand Fond District Nurse Alicia James Emanuel

The Grand Fond community, through the ‘Pack a barrel’ initiative, raised and donated over $EC10,000 worth of food and clothing items to the people affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

The items were presented last week to the Universal Church of Kingdom of God in Dominica from where it will be distributed to other branches of the church in the Bahamas.

District Nurse of Grand Fond, Alicia James Emanuel, came up with this idea and brought it to her supervisor who gave her approval. The idea was later presented to her staff members, patients who visited the health centre, residents and school children of the community.

Items donated through the “pack a barrel” initiative

Emanuel expressed her gratitude to residents of her community, stating that within two weeks, from September the 4th , they came together and gave their donations.

“Post Dorian, the devastation the people went through, it reminded me of ours with Maria, so a ‘pack a barrel’ initiative was done. I asked the community members to bring in whatever they can: water, unperishable items, anything, so we can send across to the people of Bahamas,” she said

She said within a week and a half to two weeks the community came together and responded positively, “because today, we presented the church with over ten thousand dollars’ worth of food items and clothing. I am very proud of them and it’s beyond words. They had that mentality ‘I don’t have nothing much, it’s just a little thing I have’ and I told them a little is never too little; a little goes a long way.”

Emanuel said even the School children came on board.

“From preschool, primary school the adults the elderly everybody got involved so it made our contribution substantial,” she noted.

Emanuel added that at the latter stage of the project, the Catholic Church also started a drive for clothing.

She called on the other communities of Dominica to come on board to assist those affected in these trying times.

Nurse Emanuel and some of those involved in the project





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ELECTION: UWP concerned about final voters list; plans public meeting for Monday

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The Executive of the United Workers Party (UWP)-TEAM Dominica is seriously concerned that the Final Electors List for the Friday 6th December 2019 general elections has been released without due regard to the numerous claims and objections submitted to the Chief Elections Officer.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Registration of Electors Act and its Regulations, the Executive confirms that many UWP candidates brought in excess of one thousand (1,000) claims and objections to the Chief Elections Officer within the legal deadline of 19th November 2019.

The UWP is of the firm belief that these claims and objections were not fully dealt with prior to the release of the Final Electors List that will be used at the general elections. Candidates have seen names that were objected to still appearing on the Final Electors List, a situation that leaves the Executive to believe that the December polls shall not be free and fair.

By letters dated 20th November 2019, these concerns were brought to the attention of the top officials of the Electoral Commission requesting their action:

  1. An appeal was made to the Chief Elections Officer to address the concerns raised in the many claims and objections submitted by the several UWP Candidates; and
  2. A request was made of the Chairman of the Electoral Commission that he advises His Excellency the President that the Commission was not fully ready to manage the December 6th Poll and that His Excellency should, therefore, invoke the provisions of Section 19 (1) (d) of the House of Assembly Elections Act Chapter 2:01 of the Revised Laws of Dominica that authorizes him to adjourn the December Poll to a future date.

To further inform the public, the UWP will hold a mass public meeting in Lagoon, Independence Street, Roseau on Monday 25th November 2019, from 5:00 p.m., to deal with these and other current issues on the island.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: CAPA presents findings of latest poll

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Caribbean Agency for Political Advancement (CAPA) will host a press conference on Friday, November 22 from 1:00 pm at Prevo Cinemall. The live stream can be followed via facebook live on facebook.com/CAPA.

Results of the latest finding of a scientific survey which was conducted in Dominica between November 2–16 will be released. CAPA is a certified political services agency based in Dominica which has a commitment to professional consultancy in the area of regional and world politics.

The agency has conducted several polls on the island of Dominica and this latest work is expected to provide information to the public as to the opinion of electors ahead of the December 6 General Elections.





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Reports of planned meeting between President and Opposition Leader; former PM calls for postponement of elections

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Former prime minister, Edison James

Reports reaching Dominica News Online (DNO) indicate that the President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin, and Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton are expected to meet on Friday.

It is anticipated that the burning issue of electoral reform will form part of the discussion between them.

And as the nation awaits with bated breath, the outcome of that meeting, former prime minister Edison James is suggesting what he considers to be a viable path to electoral reform. He believes that as a first step, the election must be postponed to allow the Chief Election Officer and his staff to be in a position to have the electors list ready.

“With the number of objections that are around from what I’ve understood and I suspect that the Chief Elections Officer is aware of it, they cannot be in a position to have that list ready for elections on the 6th of December,” James told our newsroom. “So there’s need for the players, that is the Chief Elections Officer, the Commission, and the President, for them to take the necessary action to postpone the election date.”

James, who is also a former leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), said the law requires that the elections must be held within three months of the dissolution of the parliament which provides a timeframe that extends to February 2020.

“In the meantime, the Chief Elections Officer can decide to use the IDs that people have now as the form of identification for our voters,” James said referring to IDs such as passports, drivers licenses, social security cards and other valid forms of ID. “And that is something that we can make a declaration and announce to the people and get it in place. That doesn’t require a whole lot of time. So, these two things should be taken care of.”

Another option, James said, is for the interested parties and voters to move the court to direct the Commission to clean the list. He cited case law in the Commonwealth country of Ghana in 2016 to support his suggestion.

“The High court directed the Commission to clean the list before elections were called and that cleaning [of] the list included removing from the names of people who were dead, removing the names of people who become registered on the basis of their national insurance card which an earlier court had determined was unconstitutional and removing the names of infants but it had to do with cleaning the list…the court in Ghana directed the Commission to clean the list before elections were called,” he noted.

He dispelled the notion that there’s not enough time for the court to deal with such matters.

“In St. Kitts, at the last elections, within two weeks or thereabouts, the High Court, the Appeal Court and the Privy Council were moved to give a decision with respect to the boundaries disputes,” James recalled. “In Barbados, in the last elections, there were some CARICOM nationals who felt they were being disenfranchised in that their names were excluded from the list and therefore they would not have been able to vote. They went to court and within, again, about two weeks, the matter moved to the High Court, the Appeal Court and then the CCJ, to get a decision. So the court, under a certificate of urgency, can be moved to direct the Commission.”

But James believes that might not be necessary if his first suggested course of action is accepted – that the Chief Elections Officer, the Electoral Commission and the President, “recognize that there is not enough time for the list to be completed,” and the President makes a proclamation postponing the election date.





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