New Senator to be nominated for post of Deputy Speaker

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Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris has revealed that Akilah Byron Nisbett of Mattingley Farm Housing, Basseterre, has been appointed as a Member of Parliament and will be presented as the nominee for Deputy Speaker of the Federal Parliament, during his press conference held October 26, 2016.Prime Minister Harris said that the nominee took the oath of office for Senator today (October 26) in the presence of family, friends, members of Cabinet, and the Governor General, His Excellency Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton, who administered the oath of Office.  He also revealed that Mrs. Byron Nisbett will be nominated as Deputy Speaker at the next sitting of Parliament.

 It was noted that the appointment of Mrs. Byron Nisbett will improve the gender balance within Cabinet.“Her appointment as a Senator also augments the female complement within our Parliament, for which my Cabinet is grateful,” Prime Minister Harris said.  “Her presence certainly adds credence to our Team Unity Administration’s commitment to the cause of greater involvement of women in the leadership of our Nation, including, but not limited to, the political life of our country.”A brief summary was given of Mrs. Byron Nisbett’s accomplishments which include being trained in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and having worked at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) where her most recent position was as a Systems Analyst.

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