Share 3488 Views one comment LocalNews Minister’s daughter among top 5 elected to village council by: Dominica Vibes News – January 26, 2017 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Ashmar K AustrieA government minister’s daughter is among five individuals who topped the Tan Tan/Toucarie/Savanne Paille/Cottage Village Council election held on Wednesday 25 January 2017.Ashmar K Austrie, daughter of Housing, Lands, and Water Resource Management Minister, Reginald Austrie and Principal of the Savanne Paille Primary School, Martha Austrie, obtained seventy-six (76) votes; one less than the two individuals who topped the polls according to the results issued by the Electoral Commission.Residents of Tan Tan, Toucarie, Savanne Paille, Guillette, Morne-A-Louis and Cottage voted in the Village Council elections on Wednesday.Sandra Andre and Vernon Jno Baptiste both obtained seventy-seven (77) votes, Romilia Romain seventy-four (74) votes and Bruno Lamothe obtained seventy-two (72) votes.Speaking with Dominica Vibes on Thursday 26 January, Austrie said she decided to partake in the council elections because she wants to contribute to community and nation building.“I always wanted to be part of an organization that promotes unity and brings people together and I thought the village council was a very good place to start,” she said.The number of votes she received shows “that the people trusted my word during the campaign, they believed in me, and I want to assure them that I will not disappoint them and I will work to the best of my ability”.The other candidates who contested the election were Wendy Romain, sixty-three (63) votes; Steven Peter, forty-three (43) votes; Caryl Baron, forty-three (34) votes; and Kimersha Frank twenty-eight (28) votes.The Electoral Commission informed that 144 or 19.05% of the electorate voted, of which 69 or 47.9% were male and 75 off 52.08% were female.Among Austrie’s plans for the council is to promote beautification of the communities in keeping with Prime Minister Skerrit’s earlier call.“I think one of the things we can do is beautification of our communities. I remember some time a back during Independence, the Prime Minister asked, he didn’t specify any project, he promoted flower planting, cutting down of excess trees, and that sort of thing. So I believe we can start by beautifying our community and make it more inviting and welcoming,” she said.Moreover, Austrie expressed gratitude to “all those who putted their trust in me, those who supported me, those who voted for me thank you very much”.She also expressed special gratitude to those who encouraged her to contest the village council elections.“There were a few people who really gave me the push and said ‘yes you can do this, I think you should go’ so I just want to tell them thanks very much and I will do my best as I said earlier to stick to my plan,” Austrie stated.Gregory Daniel, who was the previous chairman, did not contest the election as he is out of state.
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