DLP retains power if general elections are held today- survey

first_imgLocalNewsPolitics DLP retains power if general elections are held today- survey by: – May 29, 2017 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 557 Views   3 comments D.L.P – redU.W.P – purpleUndecided – yellowA nation-wide scientific survey of Dominican electors, commissioned by Alex Bruno in April 2017, shows that the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) would retain power if general elections are held today, although the United Workers Party (UWP) has gathered support.Bruno, who is a pursuing a Ph. D in political science at the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs Florida International University, released the results of the survey to the media on Monday 29 May 2017.In the scientific survey, Bruno sought to answer the question: ‘Which Political Party will win Dominica’s next General Parliamentary Elections’ and efforts were concentrated on 13 out of 21 constituencies.“According to this survey data I conclude, with 95% confidence, that 58% of the sample agree the Dominica Labour Party will win (+/- 3.91) the next Dominica General Elections,” Bruno wrote in the statement to the media.He wrote that this survey “stemmed from a professional desire to present independently responsible scholarly information on political candidate electability, with the view to determining which party may form the next government of the island of Dominica”. It is the second poll conducted by this agency; the first was the by-election snap poll in the Soufriere Constituency in May 2016. “We correctly predicted the results of that race. This second poll however is our first nationwide effort,” Bruno wrote.Participants were asked the following questions (in that order):1. Should general elections be held today, which political party candidate, in your opinion, will win your constituency?2. Should general elections be held today, which political party will most likely form the government?3. Do you think that issues surrounding the Citizen by Investment (C.B.I) program will have any influence or effect on the result of the next general elections?4. In your view, which political leader of the major parties is more persuasive, credible and believable?5. Which political party has the strongest message?6. Will you change your vote, meaning will you switch and vote for a different party/candidate if you had to vote today?7. For which candidate/party did you vote at the last elections?Bruno informed that on average, 60 – 75 samples were taken in each constituency, and the information collected was analyzed by the polls commissioner and statistically presented by trained professionals. Only the data collected during the polling period, April 14 – 30, 2017, was used in the presentation of the following results. “At the end, a little over 800 registered voters were polled with a margin of error of +/- 3.91%. The standard formula was used to arrive at this figure,” Bruno wrote.The results are as follows;“The results of a scientific survey suggest that the D.L.P will hold on to governing power in the parliament of Dominica should elections be held today.Respondents were of the opinion that the D.L.P will retain eleven (11) seats; the Vieille Case, Portsmouth, Cottage, Grand Bay, Paix Bouche, Colihaut, Salybia, La Plaine, Soufriere, Castle Bruce and Mahaut constituencies.The Petite Savanne constituency is a contingency seat which could also be called for the D.L.P, based on polling data – albeit inconclusive.It was also the opinion of the respondents that the United Workers Party (U.W.P) will hold on to its six (6) currently held seats: Marigot, Salisbury, Wesley, Roseau Central, Roseau North and Roseau South, while becoming more competitive in Morne Jaune which this poll declares as a toss-up seat. The U.W.P could grab the Morne Jaune seat within the margin of error if the majority of the undecided vote goes U.W.P’s way.The U.W.P also polled competitively in the St. Joseph and Roseau Valley constituency. St. Joseph was found to be the constituency with the highest level of undecided voters/respondents in each of the seven polling categories, and may very well swing either way. St. Joseph is certainly the seat which seems most vulnerable.So, if the poll results hold, the D.L.P shall win the next general election (should it be held today) with a reduced mandate of twelve (12) seats, while U.W.P can possibly take nine (9) seats”.However, Bruno noted that the UWP winning nine seats “will require a herculean task which is somewhat impeded by the incoherent messaging of the opposition party, and compounded by the public legal distraction of its leader, Mr. Lennox Linton”.The scientific electoral poll can be downloaded here: Scientfic Electoral Poll with GRAPH – DOMINICA 2017 (1)last_img read more

Guyana aiming to make impact in CONCACAF Nations League

first_imgGUYANA’S ‘Golden Jaguars’ are looking to make an impact in the 2017/2018 CONCACAF Nations League and are hoping that a positive showing in the competition can be instrumental in their goal to become a top-five ranked Caribbean nation by 2021.According to Technical Director of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Ian Greenwood, Guyana sees the Nations League as the perfect stage for the country to have sustained international participation which will aid in the country’s overall development.“For Guyana and the region, the CONCACAF Nations League is the ideal competition for development,” Greenwood told CONCACAF.com on Thursday.“Having sustained international fixtures is the only way that we can develop as a region. It’s been too many times where the countries are not playing enough competitive football. For Guyana itself, it is a great platform to really establish ourselves as one of the top teams in the Caribbean.“Having a structured format where we will be playing competitive international fixtures on a regular basis can only lead to positive things for us as a country. It is also a clear pathway for our younger players being developed in Guyana to have something to aspire to in terms of realistic opportunities to qualify for further CONCACAF tournaments,” said Greenwood who is a former academy and youth team coach with English clubs, Leeds United and Huddersfield Town.Greenwood noted that Guyana are in a rebuilding phase at the moment with their biggest accomplishment in recent years being their progress to the CONCACAF semi-final round of the 2014 World Cup qualification.“We are currently in a rebuilding phase. We have young players based in Guyana and Guyanese based in the UK and North America. We have the raw materials to be a top-five team in the Caribbean and have had a lot of key players coming through our system. We feel that we can be very competitive going into these first set of games in the Nations League. We are expecting positive performances and good results along the way,” Greenwood said.Guyana will be facing Barbados, Turks and Caicos Islands, French Guiana and Belize for the opening phase of the Nations League qualifiers. Guyana will play hosts to Barbados and Belize in September 2018 and March 2019 respectively in the first and final qualifier while the Turks and Caicos Islands and French Guiana will host Guyana in October and November 2018.The Guyana Women are also engaged in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifiers in May.“The female programme has been recently relaunched in the country as well with a big focus on young players coming into the setup,” Greenwood noted.“We recently competed in the CFU Women’s Challenge Series in Trinidad with a lot of 15- and 16-year-olds in the squad. We also have a mix of Guyanese players based abroad. We are confident that over the next three to four years we can be a strong team in the region.”Overall, Greenwood is pleased with the assistance being received from CONCACAF towards Guyana’s football development, particularly as it relates to coach education and league development.“From CONCACAF’s standpoint, one of the major aspects we have been engaged in recently has been the coach licensing programmes because coach education is massive for us. Recently, we had three coaching instructors trained by CONCACAF which will help raise the level of coaching in the country. The support we have been getting from CONCACAF in club development is also a major aspect we are looking to move forward with.“Overall the engagements we have with CONCACAF on the development side through the One CONCACAF funding is really helping to establish our development programmes and raising the level of professionalism and capacity within the country,” said Greenwood.He was also clear on the objectives of the GFF, stating that the Federation has “recently established a national academy structure which is the first time Guyana has had such a structure. We are looking to have our youth teams participate in every competition.“We have goals for our national senior team to be top a Caribbean team and a top FIFA one hundred-ranked team in the next two to three years. Ultimately, we also want to triple our licensed coaches in the country and increase the player population. We have 40 qualified CONCACAF D Licensed coaches which we intend to double and also move up to the C Licensed.”last_img read more