Governor John Rankin chaired a Cabinet meeting on Oct. 27 at the Premier’s Conference Room. All members were present and took the following actions, according to a summary published in the Gazette on Nov. 9.

1. Reviewed and approved the bill titled Jury (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2023, which seeks to legalise all juror lists pulled by the High Court registrar after Dec. 29, 2021; and decided that the bill be introduced for its first reading at the next convenient sitting of the House of Assembly.

2. Decided that public officers representing the Office of the Supervisor of Elections, His Majesty’s Customs, the BVI Post and Government Information Services be granted an honorarium in the cumulative amount of $30,038.68 for their exceptional and significant amount of overtime service provided for the territory for the 2023 General Elections.

3. Decided to rescind Cabinet Memo No. 2/2022, which sought to award a $165,204.55 contract to Tarris Hill Associates Ltd. for the construction of Ted Rabsatt’s new social home in Fat Hogs Bay; and noted that the social home was built through the “Rebuilds (Non-Social Homes)” provisions of the Virgin Islands Housing Assistance Programme Guidelines (Revised).

4. Noted the findings and recommendations of the VI’s trade mission to Guyana conducted from July 31 to Aug. 4.

5. Decided that Tavia Hodge, Dawn Crabbe-Herbert and Stephon Mactavious be appointed as members of the BVI Electricity Corporation Board for a period of two years from Oct. 1, 2023 in accordance with Section 4(1)(b) of the BVIEC Ordinance (Cap 277); noted that each member would be paid $700 per month, by attendance, for their services on the board; and decided that the Ministry of Communications and Works instruct the Attorney General’s Chambers to draft the instruments of appointment.