House of Assembly of Dominica

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House of Assembly of Dominica
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Seats 31 members
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Opposition party

Other 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 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.[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]

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.[2] The next election is not yet scheduled.

Constituency Representative Party Notes
Castle Bruce DrigoJohnson Drigo DLP
Colihaut ToulonCatherine Daniel DLP
Cottage AustrieReginald Victor Austrie DLP
Grand Bay Charles, JustinaJustina Charles DLP
La Plaine Saint-JeanPetter Saint-Jean DLP
Mahaut BlackmooreRayburn John Blackmoore DLP
Marigot LintonLennox Linton UWP
Morne Jaune/Riviere Cyrique StephensonIvor Stephenson DLP
Paix Bouche PaulRoselyn Paul DLP
Petite Savanne Darroux, KennethKenneth Melchoir Darroux DLP
Portsmouth DouglasIan Douglas DLP
Roseau Central IsaacJoseph Isaac UWP
Roseau North LugayDaniel Lugay UWP
Roseau South FrancisJoshua Francis UWP
Roseau Valley McIntyreJohn Collin McIntyre DLP
Salisbury JohnHector John UWP
Salybia Darroux, CassiusCassius Darroux DLP
St. Joseph Darroux, KelverKelver Dwight Darroux DLP
Soufrière Charles, DeniseDenise Charles DLP Succeeded Ian Pinard in 2016 by-election.[3]
Vieille Case SkerritRoosevelt Skerrit DLP Assumed position of Prime Minister 8 January 2004.
Wesley BazilEzikiel Bazil UWP

Senators[edit]

Senator Party Notes
BaptisteIsaac Baptiste UWP Appointed by Leader of the Opposition.
BaronFrancine Baron DLP Appointed by Prime Minister.
BlanchardMiriam Blanchard DLP Appointed by Prime Minister.
DarrouxKenneth Darroux DLP Appointed by Prime Minister.
FontaineThomson Fontaine UWP Appointed by Leader of the Opposition.
McIntyreJohn Collin McIntyre DLP Appointed by Prime Minister.
ThomasFelix Thomas UWP Appointed by Leader of the Opposition.
TongeRobert Tonge DLP Appointed by Prime Minister.
Williams Monell Williams UWP Appointed by Leader of the Opposition.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Boyd Knights celebrates stint as longest serving House Speaker, 21 April 2010, retrieved 22 April 2010 .
  2. ^ General Election Results - 8 December 2014, KnowledgeWalk Institute, 30 January 2017, retrieved 30 January 2017 
  3. ^ DLP sweeps Soufriere by-election, Dominica News Online, 7 June 2016, retrieved 30 January 2017 

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