ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – The ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP), led by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, was returned to power in today’s general election, winning 12 of the 16 seats already declared, according to the preliminary results released.
The DLP, which won 18 seats in the 2009 general election, is on course to win at least 15 of the 21 seats it contested in today’s poll.
The main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has won four seats so far, with its new leader, Lennox Linton, easily defeating Dr Martin Christmas by a margin of 935 to 299.
Prime Minister Skerrit is on schedule to sweep his Vielle Case seat by a wide margin, leading Alex Birmingham by 1,087 to 110 votes with just a few polling stations yet to report.
The DLP lost the Wesley constituency after Ezekiel Bazil failed to win the seat for the incumbent party on his first attempt. The seat was held by Community Development Minister Gloria Shillingford, who had bowed out of active politics.
The DLP also won the La Plaine seat. In the 2009 general election, Education Minister Petter St Jean won the seat by a mere two votes, defeating then UWP leader Ron Green.
The issue went to the courts after Green challenged the results as well as St Jean’s citizenship. The preliminary results show that St Jean tallied 691 votes as against Green’s tally of 346.
In the 2009 general election, the UWP won just three of the 21 seats in the general election.