Dominicans are heading to the polls today.

Just over 72 thousand Dominicans will be casting their ballots between 7 am and 5 pm.

Dominica’s Electoral Commission has assured that everything is in place for a smooth electoral process today.

The Opposition United Workers Party, UWP, is contesting all 21 seats despite demanding electoral reforms ahead of the polls.

The Commonwealth of Dominica has been rocked by civil unrest in the days leading up to today’s General Election.

Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, addressed the nation in a public broadcast on Wednesday.

Tauna Thomas reports.

The Eastern Caribbean island with a population of approximately 70-thousand people is in the throes of political turmoil.

Seeking to allay fears, the embattled Dominican Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, in a national address, told the people he is committed to safeguarding the country’s democracy amidst political unrest.

Mr Skerritt who’s also the Leader of the Dominica Labour Party says he’ll not have lawless persons intimidate voters or corrupt the voting process.

He says the law enforcement personnel in that Eastern Caribbean island have exercised restraint despite persistent verbal, and physical abuse.

Mr Skerrit also took the opportunity to launch an attack on the Opposition’s campaign and the Church’s alleged silence.

Both the Opposition and the Government have been accusing each other of attempting to corrupt the election process.

Reports in the international media of the government selling diplomatic passports to persons of questionable character have also incensed the locals.

Meanwhile, the leader of Dominica’s Opposition, the United Workers’ Party, UWP, Lennox Linton, is accusing Prime Minister Skerrit of blocking free and fair elections in Dominica.

According to Mr. Linton, Prime Minister Skerrit is responsible for the violent protests in the country because he’s denying justice to the people of Dominica.

Mr. Linton says the opposition is confident going into today’s polls.

Lennox Linton, Leader of Dominica’s Opposition UWP.

He was speaking on Wednesday with Loop Trinidad and Tobago.