The prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, had committed to introducing new electoral reforms within the country. For this reason, the Prime Minister contacted Sir Dennis Byron to review electoral systems thoroughly. After months of hard work, the Prime Minister received the final report after reviewing the electoral systems. He received the final reports on the electoral reforms on Monday, June 12, 2023.
Dr Skerrit shared his happiness on receiving the final reports from Sir Dennis Byron after he finished the review. The review report of the electoral systems consists of two phases. The Phase 1 report includes a draft Regulation of Electors Bill 2023. Additionally, The report includes a draft Registration of Electors Bill 2023.
Meanwhile, the Phase 2 report consists of:
- The draft House of Assembly (Elections) Bill 2023
- The draft House of Assembly (Electors) Regulations 2023
- The draft House of Assembly Election Petition Rules 2023
- The draft Electoral Commission Bill 2023
The country is eager to introduce electoral reforms, ensuring they can conduct free and fair elections. The Prime Minister, Dr Skerrit, said he wants to make the reports public. Further, he wants to bring in the various stakeholders to ensure they can weigh in and provide consultation.
The Prime Minister also added that they provided the members of the parliament, NGOs, political parties, churches, youth groups, media and other civil society organizations copies of the report. Further, the government will give stakeholders printed copies of the reports on Wednesday. They will receive the report during a formal event on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
The government sources have revealed they will host the event at the State House Conference Center in Dominica. Further, the Government of Dominica will also organize a series of public consultations. The consultations will begin mid-July to receive feedback on the report and draft legislation.