Dominica will soon have another political party, run by mostly young women and based in the island’s second town, Portsmouth.
The Alternative Peoples’ Party, which describes itself as a centrist, law-abiding political organisation, was formed in December 2019 and in an article on its Facebook page, states “it is a political movement which is founded on the principle of coexistence, democracy and justice. We seek greater involvement of youth and women in electoral politics on the island of Dominica, and among Dominicans in the diaspora. APP aims to unite Dominicans under one common goal – prosperity for all irrespective of party affiliations, spiritual beliefs and financial circumstances.”
Dominica held its last general election three months ago. The result was a landslide victory for the ruling Dominica Labour Party, which won 18 of the 21 elected seats, gaining three seats. With the DLP winning a fifth consecutive election, DLP leader Roosevelt Skerrit remained Prime Minister.
The new party has attracted several young professionals, many of whom had no serious prior involvement in partisan politics on the island. A young woman now serves as interim president.
The official launch of the party is carded for May in Portsmouth which is earmarked to be the party’s base of operations. The party’s focus is on youth and women and there are plans to stage the APP’s first Summer Youth Engagement and National Convention. The party is processing registration with the Electoral Commission of Dominica.