UWP nominates female attorney for IPO Commission

Indira St. Jean awaits confirmation as UWP's nominee to the IPO Commission
Indira St. Jean awaits confirmation as UWP’s nominee to the IPO Commission. Photo taken from facebook

The United Workers Party has nominated attorney Indira St.Jean to replace Davidson Bruney as one of its appointees on the Integrity in Public Office (IPO) Commission.

Dominica News Online was informed that St. Jean’s name was submitted to President of Dominica, Charles Savarin, on Tuesday.

Bruney’s three-year term on the IPO Commission expired on April 7.

The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) administration had challenged, in court, the April 7, 2011, appointment of Bruney, the former Media Coordinator for the United Workers Party, on the grounds that he held office in the United Workers Party up until April 2011 and that his close affiliation with the UWP and his attack on Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit make him unfit to serve on the commission.

High Court Judge Justice Brian Cottle granted leave for review of the matter, but did not order any change in Bruney’s appointment while the court reviewed whether or not the UWP appointee is fit for serving on the IPO.

The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) appealed the High Court’s decision. “We have in fact appealed the decision of the judge in relation to the injunction and we have filed an application for leave to appeal on the question of high public standing and political activism. We think these issues are far too important not to take to the Court of Appeal and let the Court of Appeal rule one way or the other and make a decision,” said Anthony Astaphan, head of the DLP’s legal team.

Up until the expiration of Bruney’s term, the matter had not been determined by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

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63 Comments

  1. April 30, 2017

    All who are being negative about my cousin shut the hell up and get a life. She is beautiful and smart. May God continue to bless you and keep you safe from all those haters. I will keep praying for you cuz because there are a lot of wicked people in Dominica. Protect my cuz from the wicked and evil ones.

  2. April 28, 2014

    Good luck miss stjean make your mom feel good, I don’t know you but I know your mom and other relatives stay strong peace

  3. A Doubting Thomas
    April 28, 2014

    Okay, I have read the DNO article. What are the UWP supporters arguing about? Too me except if there is a problem, which isn’t stated in the piece, and which DNO purposely left out; what is the problem? Someone is nominated, the other side needs to know that the person is suitable to pass judgement on them and not bias towards the other side.

    And why shouldn’t the DLP question a nomination, if there was a question. I could not tell from the article. The UWP does that for everyone and everything? Isn’t that so. Tell me one nomination not opposed by the UWP? Better, yet tell me one thing in recent times that the UWP has agreed too, with no opposition? That might be a much better question.

    Isn’t the IPO like a jury? Who decides the fate of officials who seat in Government and their Boards?

    When Jurors are selected don’t but sides have to question whether they are suitable to judge a case?

    Why does the UWP supporters believe there is one law for them and everyone else should be judge according to what the UWP says. It does not and cannot work like that. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Having said this, I would like to Congratulate the Young Woman for her achievements and wish her Good Luck for a bright future.

    However; The DLP must be responsible and do the right thing and scrutinize the UWP Nominee. The UWP would do the same thing. No?

    • Unbaised
      April 29, 2014

      You do realize that the UWP is the opposition, and that part of their job is to oppose or question the decision of the leading party. If they agreed with everything, where would be the challenge?

      • A Doubting Thomas
        April 29, 2014

        Unbiased; you’ve hit the nail on the head. The operative word here is ”Part” if only that were true.

        We all know that is ALL they do. There is no part opposing with the UWP. How can we view them as an alternate government to do what is in our best interest? And isn’t that how any opposition should be viewed?

        But it is impossible to imagine them in government without seeing only disaster for ourselves and our country. I can imagine them though, even opposing themselves in an unhealthy way. Not good, not good at all.

        A good opposition should be able to work with and support the government whenever the government has plans that would improve the living condition of its citizens.

        Oppose yes, again only when they have a better idea or suggestion to share with the government that can be implemented to benefit the country. This opposition does not seem to want that for Dominicans. What I see is an opposition who want to be the government of Dominica but not to serve Dominicans.

        The UWP reminds me of the times when you would ask children why they did or said something? And they would answer because. Because why? They had no idea, no reason, just because!!

  4. A One
    April 27, 2014

    Congratulations……I your slate is clean. I hope the confirmation is just a formality. You were my favorite attorney, even before you graduated (lol)

  5. Anonymous
    April 27, 2014

    Hi Miss St Jean….. They can’t test you.

  6. forward looking
    April 27, 2014

    why are we questioning so much our own homegrown son and daughters i know why,it is because the labour party and some of their supports want that we stay in the dark and stay begging.I SAY NO WE CAN DO BETTER WHAT WE LACK IS PEOPLE IN OFFICE THAT ARE INDEPENDENT MINDED.

  7. the watchman
    April 27, 2014

    we need more lawyers on the U W P because our country is running like the wild wild west,NO LAW NO CONSTITUTION
    the team and every sound minded Dominican knows that.
    we are please to support change for our self and our children, lawyers are the peace makers, if a government employ dishonest lawyers as we have presently in office we will continue to be the joker ISLAND of the caribbean where one man in control wake up people.
    ,

  8. Lang Mama
    April 26, 2014

    While the Laborassess are asking about taxes they doh even know that those Passport dealers are not paying taxes; they are also pretending that they are unaware of the injunction filed by tony astaphan against Inland revenue division on matters relating to the big business that was allegedly rubbing the country of it’s taxes.They pretending that they don’t know that this injunction is sitting in the courts for 10 years.
    Thos Laborasses pretending that they are unaware of those cabal who building homes for cash- where thee money come out – hokus pokus; I could go on and on but all I must admit that these Laborasses have guts rather than brain

  9. ##Dominica.#
    April 26, 2014

    I would appoint her to any position. She`s red hot! Good luck to our own. Beauty and brains.

  10. Anonymous
    April 25, 2014

    Congratulations my girl Indi. I hope u have your hard hat on because all tjose with red eyes going and start talking and sending stones. But some of us have your back. Hold strong nd be you..

  11. Anonymous
    April 25, 2014

    Congrats my dear we are all proud our your achievements, an recent nomination to the IPO. It is a reflective of your resolve to succeed an aspire in life. Do not be distracted by the “ney- sayers” as you pursue your life long goals an ambitions. We’ve got your back; great choice UWP “she’s got spunk.” The fighting spirit are in her genes.

  12. Yuyu
    April 25, 2014

    Congratulations Indira please give a deaf ear to all the negative comments and serve willingly . Indira is an intelligent Mahaut woman. She attended the Mahaut Day Care Centre, Mahaut Pre School and Primary School before furthering her studies. The people of Mahaut are very proud of you

  13. workweworking
    April 25, 2014

    Congratulation Miss St. Jean, you are a strong minded independent young woman. I know you will do well in representing the people of Dominica to share some light on all the corruption that is being covered up by people who holds high offices. You deserve to serve your country irrespective of your age… be strong and stay focus.

  14. Water
    April 25, 2014

    Congratulations Ms. St. Jean! All the best to you. I perceive you to be intelligent, assertive and caring. Looking forward to you serving our country.

  15. Islandal
    April 25, 2014

    Anonymous. You’re party. Is always running from the truth,,, whatever happened to. That angry Lenox When he had his radio show,, now that he’s runing to be Prime Minister he’s so calm and. collected , I wonder why?

    • Francisco Telemaque
      April 25, 2014

      “Anonymous. You’re party. Is always running from the truth,,,”

      If you have the nerve to pick on Lennox I have every right to exposed how dunce you are: Hahahahahahahahahah!

      You that quote above I extract it from your comment. Before pick on people you need to be able to write better sentences, as far as I see the English language is beyond you! I am sure if Lennox would have written the sentence above he would perhaps written like this.

      ” Anonymous, your party is always running from the truth. I am certain he would not have used three coma signs as the punctuation; he may prefer to use an full stop. In order for you not to make a fool of yourself ever again; note: whenever you see this “you’re” it signifies, or mean “you are.” I can point out more errors in the sort few lines you wrote, but that’s not necessary; I hope you can review your comments, your own way of writing and try to work on your English vocabulary.

      Mind you mine is not perfect, however, it is much better than yours!

      Support Lennox if you wish because of his brilliancy; it serves no useful purpose picking on him.

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Sout Man
        April 28, 2014

        I hate to do this but the self- appointed grammar police forces me to intervene. It is obvious that ‘Islandal’ is not a scholar and chooses to participate in the political discourse, despite the limitations. Francisco, on the other hand, has boasted about his 4 college degrees and this is what he wrote:

        “You that quote above I extract it from your comment”.

        Sir, you also misuse comas, semi colons and full stops. You also omitted several full stops in the above critique. In previous comments you, Francisco, have used you’re / your inappropriately. You do not know the difference between lose and loose. You always misuse loose for lose.

        If you insist, Sir, I can refer you to the exact areas of embarrassment. Stop making excuses about your English not being perfect. It is atrocious for a scholar with 4 college degrees. “Before (you) pick on people(,) you need to be able to write better sentences”.

  16. Anonymous
    April 25, 2014

    Congratulations to you Indira,I know you will do a good job.Its good to see youth represented at that level which will bode well for the future,and being a lawyer she will bring a learned perspective to the commission’s deliberations

  17. hmmmm
    April 25, 2014

    UWP can go to all nooks and crannies to dig out lawyers and doctors for positions but they will still loose. these are the types of people you looking out for mr linton?how come i not seeing a hard working successful farmer?what about a hard back working teacher?they too low for your party?
    p.s you not a lawyer or a doctor so how long do you think it will take one of them to want to take the reins over from you?hmmm

    • real possie
      April 25, 2014

      Hmmmm I disagree with you cause this the kind of people you want on there anyway cause In the 1st place what took place with the man speaking on the ills that he think the PM did in his dealings is no way he can sit in judgment of the PM on the IPO dealings, the only thing is she backs the uwp party anyway but I would not kill her for that she has a civic duty to her country no matter who u put in there has their party affiliation I don’t see what the hoopla about lady take your post and do it to the best that you can it have a man above so when that day comes that’s between you and him as to the good or bad you did in life.

  18. Anonymous
    April 25, 2014

    DOMINICAN ALWAYS
    anonymous if you want to know the last time she paid taxes Just go to the inland revenue and ask under the freedom of information act
    instead of hiding behind your computer commenting on things you know nothing about

  19. Smart
    April 25, 2014

    Great choice. what more qualified does she have to be? so pardna, nothing to say about where the young attorney lived and paid taxes bro? stupz

  20. Annica Alethea
    April 25, 2014

    Justice at its best in Dominica. Whoa! Anthony Astaphan run things.

  21. Red Hot
    April 25, 2014

    Who is she??? Somebody who is this girl?

    • Peeping Tom
      April 26, 2014

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      Be nice. She is probably an intelligent and honest and decent Dominican.

  22. Anonymous
    April 25, 2014

    UWP knows very well how to lost election…..give that to them eh. Eddision call an election in 2000 with no knowledge of his team…lost, now is Bruney to St. jean…blue to blue blue although she has a right to support who she want, since she meets the criteria, then in Mahaut is Lennox versus Isidore, while the wind of change is trying to blow and blow nice a smooth, hurricane UWP trying hard to self destruct. Well nothing new, that is all The former leader know……..I am in charge. But according to Lennox Linton, the power of the people is stronger than the people in power!

  23. Anonymous
    April 25, 2014

    Give her a break!

  24. Sigh
    April 25, 2014

    “The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) … challenged, in court, the April 7, 2011, appointment of Bruney, … on the grounds that he held office in the United Workers Party up until April 2011 and that his close affiliation with the UWP and his attack on Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit make him unfit to serve on the commission.”

    Wasn’t Charles Savarin in active politics and attacking the UWP just before he was appointed President of Dominica?

    Do so never like so.

    I love you Dominica!!!!

    • Bogoroy
      April 25, 2014

      Charles Savarin was never nominated to the IPO. The rules for the IPO and those of other public offices are different. Do not mix apples and oranges.

      • afan
        April 25, 2014

        but i guess you will hold the IPO to a higher level of scrutiny than you holding the office of the head of state lol this is a joke and you are laughable Mr Bogoroy. some of us would say anything in our defence of

      • workweworking
        April 25, 2014

        the rules for holding pubic offices are the same,, just like all sin

      • ok ok
        April 28, 2014

        No my dear the rules are the same….you need to do your research before you chat crap okkkk. SMH

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2014

      Never knew His Excellency was ever on the IPO.

    • real possie
      April 25, 2014

      @ Sigh I just had to sigh cause the president was covered under the law to sever as President if you think he was take the matter to court as a Dominican you can you people sit there and make these false accusation and make it seems like law, like I said had this lady been on the IPO she would have advised them that what they were doing was illegal and when challenged in court they will lose but time will tell.

  25. Playboy
    April 25, 2014

    Interesting!
    Look up the word ‘blue’ in the dictionary, and you must find her picture next to it.
    But, if it’s ok with the law, I guess we’ll have to live with it.

    • Peeping Tom
      April 25, 2014

      Of course, we all expect that any political party will seek to nominate persons who are at the very least sympathetic to their platform. The law does not forbid this. It does not bar a blue or red supporter from serving. However, the IPO Act does suggest that the nominee must not be and must not be seen to be an active red or blue person. This is why the DLP was vehemently opposed to Mr. Bruney’s nomination.

      • Not Me Alone.
        April 25, 2014

        @Peeping Tom and Playboy, Two wrongs don’t make a right neither does a wrong and a half wrong make a right. By this I mean Playboy is wrong and in trying to correct him you partially wrong as well. Here is where you are dead wrong: “This is why the DLP was vehemently opposed to Mr. Bruney’s nomination.”
        Since when the present Roosevelt Skerrit brand of DLP is concerned about the law or political ethics? Are you referring to the same DLP whose leader publicly told the nation that NO law or constitution could prevent him from contesting the 2009 elections, while holding a French passport? Are you referring to the same DLP that appointed Charles Savarin as President of Dominica while he was preaching Kairi FM preaching a politics of hate towards the UWP and a politics of division which resulted in the closure of Breezee’ Mart, as a result of him asking laborites to boycott his store? You cannot be real because in no way was MR. Bruney’s support for the UWP anywhere close to the destruction of hurricane Skerrit and Earth Quake Skerrit, in terms of their negative impact on the nation and our politics on a whole. So for God sake, be real man

      • Asterix
        April 25, 2014

        @At Peeping Tom: and who are the nominees of the labour party? Are they not active red persons too? The nerve and hypocrisy of you people is most astounding.

      • The Baptiste
        April 26, 2014

        My old board friend peeping tom, please tell us why Vanoulist who contested for the post of president of the DLP is on the IPO, yet the government (DLP) of course objected to Mr. Bruney?

      • FRENZ
        April 26, 2014

        Peeping Tom What about the position of president; what about Accountant general; what about the speaker of the house and what about Ali Gayle the Grenadian Magistrate / failed politician; By the way we waiting to see whether or not he excuse himself from the upcoming case that is politically charged – the Siko Seko case. What about Van who sits on the IPO.

    • workweworking
      April 25, 2014

      Ok Who you want them to put to represent the United Workers Party? A Labourite? Dohtish

  26. Gigg-la
    April 25, 2014

    congrats my dear I know you have it in you to work well for your country you are an outstanding young woman and a model to other young girls in this land.

  27. Dominica First
    April 25, 2014

    You mean of all the qualified people out there, this is UWP’s best choice? Come again.

    • ____________________
      April 25, 2014

      Yes this is UWP’S best nominee, because your brain is too dam retarded to understand the meaning of qualified.

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2014

      You are more than qualified yet DLP did not nominate you so “come again”. Or did I read your comments wrongly? Guess u wear your ignorance like a badge of honour

  28. Anonymous
    April 25, 2014

    When was last time she pay taxes Dominica? She don’t live in the country Is this. A joke

    • Roy Williams
      April 25, 2014

      They accused Mr. Lennox Linton of being a school drop out, therefore he should not hold the post of Prime Minister. An Attorney is selected as the UWP’s representative on the IPO, they are not concerned about her educational back ground, they are concerned as to whether or not resides in Dominica or pay taxes. They are not concerned that a former school teacher who knows nothing about debit, credit, accounts, economics like Dr. Fontaine, is the head of the Ministry that controls the purse of the country.

      • Roy Williams
        April 25, 2014

        Typo: unlike Dr. Fontaine an economist.

      • Watcher
        April 25, 2014

        Roy, you should go and research who it was who led a campaign against Prime Minister Pierre Charles as being unfit for the position of Prime Minister because he did not have a degree. I am sure you will soon find out who it is. Gladly, PM Pierre Charles was a qualified teacher who met the matriculation requirements. Tell me Roy Williams, does the person you want to be PM for Dominica in 2o14 in possession of better academic credential than our beloved Pierro?

      • April 26, 2014

        He is a university graduate and his record of performance is clear. All international agencies have had confidence is his leadership hence the reason for his success so far. Respect that little boy from villecase.

      • Peeping Tom
        April 26, 2014

        ACtually, Roy WIlliams, that “former school teacher” with is poor knowledge (accoridng to you) of credit and blah blah blah, has proven hismelf as an astute and highly qualified manager of the public purse. Now, what is the record of your chosen one, the Great White Hope? By the way, that “former school teacher of whom you speak so condescendingly, are you aware that he holds a university degree? Ummm….does your chosen leader even have a secondary school graduation certificate?

        Man, when you are trying to shoot down someone, be sure that you ahve first cleared your bases.

    • Get facts straight!
      April 25, 2014

      Please people, before posting try to get your facts straight. She has been living and practicing in Dominica for some time now.

    • Eh Las
      April 25, 2014

      @anonymous…please remain anonymous…I live in Dominica and as of yesterday my path crossed hers. Do you or have you contributed any taxes to the economy yourself?
      From a Taxpayer

    • Anonymous
      April 25, 2014

      If you knew who was on the commission you would know that she was not the only one who was a non taxpayer at the time of their appointment. You all D/cans to like to put down people.

      • Peeping Tom
        April 26, 2014

        Oh! So, it is true then that she is/was a nonpayer of taxes, i.e a tax evader? Hmmm! As the saying goes, “mouf open, tory jump out.”

        If she is/was a tax evader, what does this say about her integrity to serve? The IPO is very clear in its language about the character of those who are nominated to serve.

    • Word
      April 25, 2014

      @Anonymous. Get your facts before you start talking untruths. I know the Labour party is about lies and misconducts but this young lady has been living and working in Dominica for at least five years now…Maybee longer but I’ve only known her for five years.

    • burtdave
      April 25, 2014

      Hope you have your facts, because sometimes you are objective other times you sound like you are in the same mix up colour blindness that is going on in this country. We need to grow to the point where we become a pluralistic society but yet rally around the common good for the country

    • workweworking
      April 25, 2014

      yes she has been practicing here and is paying more taxes than you ever will hater. She is Smart, Well Qualified and good experience, very capable. and stop making a fool of your self.

    • Netherlands Rose
      April 30, 2017

      She does not live in the country? Are you out of you ……. mind idiot?

  29. JoJo
    April 25, 2014

    Justice delayed is justice denied.

  30. afan
    April 24, 2014

    good vibes, i like how we them man embracing some women, i would have liked to see some more women candidates, so lets see what happens. But i think i feel the breeze of change continuing to surge.

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