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Parliament name House of Assembly
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Structure of parliament Unicameral
Affiliation to the IPU No
Affiliation date(s)
President Alix Boyd Knights (F) 
Notes Re-elected on 4 Feb. 2010 and on 20 Feb. 2015.
Secretary General Daniel James (a.i.) (M) 
Members (statutory / current number) 32 / 32

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Women (current number) 8 (25.00%)
Mode of designation directly elected 21
appointed 9
other 2
Notes Appointed members: appointed by the Head of State.
Other: the Speaker and the Attorney General.
Term 5 years
Last renewal dates 8 December 2014
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Address House of Assembly
Victoria Street
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Phone (1 767) 266 3291
Fax (1 767) 449 8353
E-mail houseofassembly@dominica.gov.dm


Parliament name House of Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral law 16 July 1951
Last amendment: 1990
Mode of designation directly elected 21
appointed 9
other 2
Constituencies 21 single-member constituencies.
Voting system Majority: Direct election. Simple majority vote.
Vacancies of Representatives' seats between general elections are filled through by-elections, held within 3 months. Senators' seats are filled through appointment, also within 3 months.
Voting is not compulsory
Voter requirements - age: 18 years
- British Commonwealth citizenship
- fulfilment of residence or domicile requirements
Eligibility - age: 21 years
- Dominican citizenship (Commonwealth citizenship for Senate candidates)
- residence in Dominica or previous 12 months' residence immediately before nomination
- sufficient ability to speak and read English
- ineligibility: allegiance to a foreign State, undischarged bankruptcy, insanity, death sentence or imprisonment exceeding 12 months
Incompatibilities - ministers of religion
- certain government contractors
Candidacy requirements - deposit equivalent to US$ 184, which is reimbursed if the candidate obtains at least 1/8 of the valid votes cast in the constituency


Parliament name House of Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 8 December 2014
Timing and scope of renewal The Dominica Labor Party (DLP) led by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit won a fourth consecutive term, including three under his premiership. It took 15 of the 21 directly elected seats in the 32-member House of Assembly (of the remaining eleven members, nine are appointed by the Head of State and two - the Speaker and the Attorney General - are ex-officio). The United Workers' Party (UWP), led by the opposition Lennox Linton, doubled its share to six.

Prime Minister Skerrit called on voters' continuing support, promising to transform the country into a "peaceful and just society". The DLP pledged to reduce the poverty rate from the current 28% to 10-15% by 2020. The UWP leader promised annual economic growth of 5-7% and the creation of 5,000 sustainable jobs within the first three years in office.
Date of previous elections: 18 December 2009

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 5 November 2014

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: December 2019

Number of seats at stake: 21 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 44 (38 men, 6 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 13.6%

Number of parties contesting the election: 2

Number of parties winning seats: 2

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 1

Names of parties in government: Dominica Labor Party (DLP)

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 20 February 2015

Name of the new Speaker: Ms. Alix Boyd Knights
Voter turnout
Round no 18 December 2014
Number of registered electors
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
41'560 (57.34%)

Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political group Candidates Votes % of votes
Dominica Labor Party (DLP)
United Workers' Party (UWP)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total of seats
Dominica Labor Party (DLP) 15
United Workers' Party (UWP) 6
Distribution of seats according to sex


Percent of women


Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
The distribution of seats according to sex above refers to the 21 directly-elected members.
As at 26 January 2015, there were seven women (three directly elected, three appointed and the Speaker) out of a total of 32 members.

House of Assembly (26.01.2015, 01.01.2017)
Electoral Office (20.01.2015)


Parliament name House of Assembly
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Title Speaker of the House of Assembly
Term - duration: 5 years (term of House)
- reasons for interruption of the term: if he ceases to be a Member or if he becomes a member of a Cabinet or a Parliamentary Secretary (when the Speaker is elected among the Members of the House) ; if he ceases to be a Commonwealth citizen, if he is elected to be President of the Republic or if his responsability is called into question (when the Speaker is elected among persons who were not Members); death, dissolution of the House
Appointment - elected by all Members of the Assembly
- election is held when the House first meets after general elections or when a vacancy for the office of the Speaker arises
- before the Members are sworn in
Eligibility - any Member of the House can be candidate except a member of Cabinet or a Parliamentary Secretary
- any person who is not a Member of the House can also be candidate
Voting system - formal vote by secret ballot
- one round by clear majority; in the event of a tie more rounds are held
Procedures / results - the Leader of the House and the Prime Minister preside over the Assembly during the voting
- the Clerk supervises the voting
- the Clerk announces the results without any delay
- the Clerk confirms the election
- the results can be challenged
Status - ranks third in the hierachy of the State
- may be called upon to replace the Head of State in the event of the latter's absence
- represents the Assembly with the public authorities
- is member of Board and advisory bodies outside Parliament
- represents the Assembly in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
- is ex officio President of the Broadcasting Committee and the Privileges Committee
- in the absence of the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker can assume his/her role and functions; if they are both absent a Member of the House (not being a Member of the Cabinet or a Parliamentary Secretary) may be elected for that purpose
Material facilities - salary: less than E.C.$ 2,000
- allowance: $1,635
- for travelling and entertainment: $ 266
Organization of parliamentary business - convenes sessions
- establishes and modifies the agenda
- organizes the debates and sets speaking time
- examines the admissibility of bills and amendments
- refers texts to a committee for study
Chairing of public sittings - can open, adjourn and close sittings
- ensures respect for provisions of the Constitution and Standing Orders
- makes announcements concerning the Assembly
- takes disciplinary measures in the event of disturbance, and lifts such measures with support of the Leader of the House
- establishes the list of speakers, gives and withdraws permission to speak
- authenticates the adopted texts and the records of debates
- interprets the rules or other regulations governing the life of the Assembly
Special powers the Cabinet Secretariat:
- is responsible for establishing the Assembly's budget
- recruits, assigns and promotes staff
- appoints the Clerk
- organizes the services of Parliament
- is responsible for relations with foreign Parliaments
- is responsible for safety, and in this capacity, can call the police in the event of disturbance in the Chamber
Speaking and voting rights, other functions - provides guidelines for the interpretation or completion of the text under discussion
- intervenes in the parliamentary oversight procedure
- ensures that three readings are done before a bill becomes Act
- ensures amendments are discussed in committee and included before final reading of a bill and arranges for publication in the Gazette thatsecures the assent of the President of the Republic.

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