St. John’s Antigua- Chairman of a Cabinet subcommittee on the OECS Economic Union, Finance and Economy Minister Harold Lovell has said the necessary procedure will be followed as the search continues for a speaker to preside over the OECS Regional Assembly.
The assembly meets here for the first time on June 15, but for the last week the debate has focused mainly on a search for speaker in light of uncertainties about the eligibility of Antigua’s nominee D. Gisele Isaac.
Isaac, the current speaker of the House of Representatives, was told last week that she may not be eligible because of the position that she currently holds.
When pressed by reporters about how the issue can be resolved, Lovell was only willing to say “the way forward is whatever the procedure prescribes.”
Questioned on whether Antigua would move a head with the nomination of Isaac the minister had the same response.
Other OECS member states have already put forward their nomination for speaker and deputy speaker for the regional assembly.
Apart from this, the host country has given the assurance that planning has advanced considerably for the historic event.
The technical arrangements for the event are headed here by OECS Commissioner Ambassador Colin Murdoch.
“The planning is proceeding. We look forward to this date, it will be historic,” Lovell said.
“We will recall the 15th of June when Antigua hosts all the parliamentarians from the other OECS territories and signals the fact that Antigua will be regarded as the home of the OECS Assembly,” he added.
The regional body is one of the new organs established under the Revised Treaty of Basseterre, which established the OECS Economic Union. It will provide a forum to debate issues affecting the sub-region.