New legislation provides pension for qualifying scrutineers; Senator Nicholas hails adoption of UPP’s long-held position

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Shawn Nicholas

The Representation of the People

(Scrutineer’s Pension) Bill, 2022 is one step closer to being enacted, after it received bipartisan support in the Upper House of Parliament on Monday, December 12.

The Bill provides for a pension to be paid to a scrutineer who has worked for 10 continuous years, or for a total of 10 aggregated years, and has reached the age of 65.

Persons who served for 10 years, but did not reach the retirement age, and decide to discontinue service will be entitled to a reduced pension.

Further, provision was also made for a personal representative of a deceased scrutineer to receive benefits.

This legislation is retroactive and includes all scrutineers who served from 2002 and have satisfied the requirements to receive a pension under the Act.

Speaking on the Bill, Senator Shawn Nicholas, who is also the General Secretary of the United Progressive Party (UPP),

chronicled the numerous meetings held with the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) and the Attorney-General in an effort to advance to realize this legislation.

Senator Nicholas highlighted the role played by Leader of the Opposition Jamale Pringle,

former Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, and attorney Leon Chaku Symister, along with the UPP Leadership, to correct an anomaly in the law.

She noted that the UPP has always held the position that scrutineers are employees of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission –

even though they are appointed by political parties – and she is happy to see that the drafters of the Bill accepted the Party’s position.

Every political party that is represented in the House of Representatives can nominate a scrutineer, whose duty is to monitor the registration proceedings in the Registration Unit to which they are assigned.


SOURCE: Real News

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Senator Nicholas putting current and future pensioners first. Wow!

    Our future looks bright 🔆, the future is ours for the taking … change now looks inevitable 🗳

    Come on now Gassy 🥸… 🎶 Ring the alarm 🎵

  2. Kudos to the GASTON BROWNE ADMINISTRATION for once again looking out for the people 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩

    “You did it before 8 years ago and you must do it again. VOTE ABLP” ~Jonathan Joseph

    • @Smh

      Athley Rodney on 08/08/2021 to Gaston and Cutie ‘should I proceed with the plan to tear gas the poor black hungry Antiguans and Barbudans?’

      Gaston and Cutie’s response to Rodney ‘Yes, teargas DEM R_ SS, make certain that you hurt them real badly, let them know that a we run things ya’

      Dem wicked evil and HEARTLESS Vagabonds.
      Their time is up. NEVER AGAIN MUST THEY RUN THIS COUNTRY.

    • Remember @ Smh @ From The Sideline that 50 years of Birdism and Browneism hasn’t been for the greater good for Antigua.

      You’ve only got to look at the infrastructure (especially in town. Ughh!), the lack of good housing and a water supply that is just awful – defend that?

      50 years and zilch?!

      The above mentioned should have been done within 15-20 years. Tarl!

  3. I just need to know if workers who turned 63 at the start of 2022, would begin getting their pension before year end?? Would we?? We really need it.

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