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.