Cabinet says it has identified replacement for retiring ABEC Chair ‘Paddy’ James, and will confirm appointee next week

The Government will be looking to appoint a person to head the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) following the departure of current Chairman Nathaniel “Paddy” James.

James reportedly has reached retirement age and has tendered his resignation.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne is the Minister responsible for the Electoral Commission and is said to have reported on James’ departure to the Cabinet on Wednesday.

Although the Executive has already identified his replacement, the person has not yet been informed, Cabinet Notes say.  “Acceptance of the post will be announced next week, following Cabinet meeting,” the statement adds.

Reportedly, the Cabinet thanked James for his sterling service to the Commission and the leadership he brought to his position.

James was first appointed as deputy chairman of the body, which he has headed for over eight years.