Dominicans go to the polls on December 6 to elect a new government after Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit Tuesday night announced that he had advised President Charles Savarin to dissolve the Parliament on Wednesday in preparation for the poll that was constitutionally due by March next year.

“The time has come for you to decide who will lead the country in 2020 and for the first half of the third decade of the 21st century,” Skerrit said, urging supporters of his ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) to go out and vote on election day.

“Elections are very serious business. It matters whether you vote or not on election day. It matters which party wins or not. It matters which party leads the country in the third decade of the 21st Century.

You each have a responsibility to get out there and vote,” said Skerrit, who is seeking to become the first prime minister here to win four consecutive general elections.

He said that Nomination Day will be November 19. The DLP will face a challenge from the main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) headed by Opposition Leader Lennox Linton.

The party won six of the 21 seats in the last general election in 2014.

Skerrit said that he is hoping the campaign will be conducted in an atmosphere of civility and peace. The choice is yours, ladies and gentlemen.

We need to put Dominica first in all that we do,” he said, reminding the country that not voting is tantamount to “turning your back on a process that charge the path for the country for the next five years.

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