Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica

Level of Entrenchment of the Provisions of the Constitution

DL SS. 1 – 17 Chapter I: Fundamental Rights and Freedoms
DL Section 18 Establishment of Office of President
LL SS. 19 – 27 Provisions relating to the Office of President
DL Section 28 Acting President
DL SS. 29 – 30 Composition of Parliament
LL SS. 31 – 32 Qualifications and Disqualifications for Members of Parliament
DL Section 33 Election of Representatives
LL SS. 34 – 37 Appointment/election of senators, tenure of members, speaker, deputy speaker
DL Section 38 Responsibility for elections
LL Section 39 Clerk of the House
DL Section 40 Determination of Questions of Membership of the House
DL Section 41 Power to make laws
DL Section 42 Alteration of the Constitution
LL Section 43 Freedom of speech in the House of Assembly
LL Section 44 Oath by Members
LL Section 45 Presiding over the House of Assembly
LL Section 46 Voting in the House of Assembly
LL Section 47 Vacancy in the House of Assembly
LL Section 48 Penalty for sitting, if unqualified
DL Section 49 Mode of exercise of legislative power
LL Section 50 Restrictions on certain financial measures
LL Section 51 Scrutiny of electoral legislation
DL Section 52 Regulation of Procedure in the House of Assembly
DL Section 53 Sessions of Parliament
DL Section 54 Prorogation and dissolution of Parliament
DL Section 55 Holding of Elections
DL Section 56 Constituency Boundaries and Electoral Commissions
DL Section 57 Review of Constituency Boundaries
DL Section 58 Executive authority of the State
LL Section 59 Ministers of Government
LL Section 60 Cabinet of Ministers
LL Section 61 Allocation of Portfolios to Ministers
LL Section 62 Performance of functions of Ministers during absence or illness
LL Section 63 Exercise of President’s functions
LL Section 64 President to be informed concerning matters of Government
LL Section 65 Oaths to be taken by Ministers
LL Section 66 Leader of the Opposition
LL Section 67 Parliamentary Secretaries
LL Section 68 Permanent Secretaries
LL Section 69 Secretary to the Cabinet
LL Section 70 Constitution of Offices for Dominica
LL Section 71 Attorney General
DL Section 72 Control of Public Prosecutions
LL Section 73 Prerogative of Mercy
LL Section 74 Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy
LL Section 75 Functions of the Advisory Committee
DL SS. 76 – 83 Chapter V - Finance
DL Section 84 Public Service Commission
DL Section 85 Appointment of Public Officers
DL Section 86 Appointment of Permanent Secretaries etc.
DL Section 87 Chief Elections Officer
DL Section 88 Director of Public Prosecutions
DL Section 89 Director of Audit
DL Section 90 Magistrates, Registrars and Legal Officers
DL Section 91 Police Service Commission
DL Section 92 Appointment etc. of Police Officers
LL Section 93 Public Service Board of Appeal
LL Section 94 Appeals in discipline cases
DL Section 95 Pension laws and protection of pensions
DL Section 96 Power to withhold pensions
LL SS. 97 – 102 Chapter VII - Citizenship
DL SS. 103 – 107 Chapter VIII - Judicial Provisions
DL SS. 108 – 115 Chapter IX - Parliamentary Commissioner
LL Section 116 Declaration of Republic
LL Section 117 Supreme Law
LL Section 118 Functions of President
LL Section 119 Resignations
LL Section 120 Re-appointment and concurrent appointments
DL Section 121 Interpretation (in its application to any of the DL provisions)
DL Schedule 1
LL Schedule 2
LL Schedule 3
LL Provisions that have a lower level of entrenchment.
In order to secure their alteration:
  1. the Bill must be supported, on its final reading in the House of Assembly by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all the elected members of the House;
  2. there must be an interval of not less than ninety days between the introduction of the Bill in the House of Assembly and the beginning of the proceedings in the House on the second reading of the Bill, and
  3. the Speaker must certify to the President that steps (a) and (b) have been duly observed.
DL Provisions that have a deeper level of entrenchment.
In order to secure their alteration
  1. the Bill must be supported on its final reading in the House of Assembly by the votes of not less than three-quarters of all the elected members of the House;
  2. there must be an interval of not less than ninety days between the introduction of the Bill in the House of Assembly and the beginning of the proceedings in the House on the second reading of the Bill;
  3. before being presented to the President for signature, after it has been passed by the House, the Bill must have been approved by a majority of the votes cast in a referendum, and
  4. the Speaker must certify to the President that steps (a), (b) and (c) have been duly observed.

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