Voting Rights for Dominicans living abroad will remain protected under the constitution of Dominica.
That is according to Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit.
Mr. Skerrit made this remark while addressing the Diaspora Forum held at the Goodwill Parish Hall on Thursday.
He noted that voting is a fundamental right, which should be available to all qualified persons.
“As long as I am Prime Minister of Dominica, we shall defend your rights under the Constitution of Dominica to vote in Dominica’s election. We will defend your rights because it is a right. And there is no institution in this country that has any legal or constitutional authority to remove your name on the voters list unless you are a dead person in Dominica,” he stated.
He went on to describe voting as a fundamental right noting that “people are dying to vote, people shed blood to vote, and we want to go back to the days where only land owners could vote in Dominica. No way.”
“We are making progress, and we have to be progressive in our thinking and we cannot go back to the old days. Those who want to go back to the old days will stay where they are, and we will continue to move forward,” Mr. Skerrit added.