St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a new Supervisor of Elections. Dora James was sworn in earlier today at a ceremony held at Government House.
Mrs. James was also sworn as a Justice of Peace (JP). She formally took the oaths for these two positions in the presence of The Governor General, H.E. Sir Frederick Ballantyne, who presided over the swearing-in ceremony, Head of the Public Service Commission, Mr. Cecil ‘Blazer’ Williams, Chief Personnel Officer (Ag). Arlene Sam, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Godfred Pompey, and family members and well-wishers.
In his remarks, H.E. Ballantyne, described Mrs. James as a lady of integrity who has served for many years in the public service adding that only individuals who have distinguished themselves are appointed to such a position.
As Supervisor of Elections, H.E. Ballantyne told Mrs. James, she is to carry out her duties to ensure that all elections are free and fair. He reminded her that her duties extend beyond polling day and that she is responsible for entire processes leading up to that day. The Head of State also told her to prepare for the hard work which her office entails, of which most people do not recognize.
He cautioned her to be fair and honest in her duties, to be ready to defend her role and to ensure she does the right thing.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Godfred Pompey, expressed gratitude to the former Supervisor of Elections, Sylvia Findlay-Scrubb, on behalf of the Ministry, for her “human service” to this country and wished her well in retirement.
He also thanked incoming Supervisor of Elections, Mrs. James, for accepting the important responsibility of Supervisor of Elections. Permanent Secretary Pompey further thanked her husband, Cuthbert James and other family members for “allowing her to make this bold move”.
In response, the new Supervisor of Elections, Dora James, thanked Mrs. Findlay-Scrubb for her hard work. “I am certain that I am going to work hard to ensure fairness and integrity in the office of Supervisor of Elections.
“To St. Vincent and the Grenadines, I say fear not, God is in control. He promises to deliver and He will deliver, and with your support we will bring integrity… in the office of Supervisor of Elections”,
Mrs. James said that her office is a public office and that if anyone has any queries that she will make herself available to such person(s).