Passing of ABEC Chair John Jarvis continues to elicit tributes from colleagues and friends who remember him as a fair man

Tributes continue to pour in following the sudden passing of John
Jarvis, chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission
The Commission says it is saddened by Jarvis’ untimely death, which
occurred at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre on Monday, January
15, after a brief period of illness.
ABEC’s deputy chairman, Eugene Francis, describes Jarvis as more
than a colleague, but “also a friend and a mentor.” They always had
great conversations, he says, and adds that the former chairman will
be greatly missed.
Jarvis, he notes, was always willing to share information about the
history and work of ABEC and always had ideas on how to improve
the working conditions of the staff.
Meanwhile, Supervisor of Elections Ian Hughes says that “the nation
of Antigua and Barbuda has lost a stalwart, who is revered

internationally for his sterling contributions to the electoral
management process.”
Jarvis was appointed to the Electoral Commission on December
21, 2015, and became its chairman on April 6, 2022 after the tenure
of Nathaniel “Paddy” James ended.

He is remembered as “a professional, jovial, meticulous, fair and
motivating individual, who kept the interest and advancement of
team members at ABEC – along with the integrity and transparency
of the work of the Commission – at the forefront of his daily

The Commission expresses condolences to Jarvis’ widow, Faustina,
his children, and his wider circle of family and friends on their loss.