Dominica's Freedom Party is building a team to contest the next general election

For Dominica's once-powerful Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) picking its first six candidates to contest the next general election is a big step towards the major goal of finding 21 candidates. But the party of the late Dame Eugenia Charles knows building back is not easy; it requires patience and perseverance.

"Confidence in the Freedom Party has grown tremendously," said party leader Kent Vital at a press conference last week. "A great team is being built!"

The DFP has revealed that the following candidates will do battle for the party in the following constituencies: Kent Vital, Roseau Central; Jeff Bellot, Soufriere; Cedric Sookoo, Roseau North; Hendrix Pierre, Mahaut; Ashton Riviere, Portsmouth; Washbourne Cuffy, Grand Fond.

The DFP said it has also identified candidates for Castle Bruce, Cottage, Grandbay and the Roseau Valley.

"These persons can't be immediately declared due to work considerations," Vital said.