JIS News

Arrangements have been put in place to accommodate some 6,000 persons, who have been invited to the historic inauguration ceremony for Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller.The ceremony will be held on the lawns of King’s House on Thursday, March 30.
But, even while organizers have catered for 6,000 persons, there will be contingencies in place to accommodate a further 4,000 persons if the need arises, said chairman of the Inauguration Committee, Commerce, Science and Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell.
Mr. Paulwell, who was addressing journalists at a special press conference held at Jamaica House this morning (March 28), said that there have been overwhelming requests for invitation to the function. “We were only able to fill 6,000 of those requests and so we do anticipate that there will be some persons, who will come without invitation,” he said, adding that those who would be unable to attend, could view the ceremony on television as well as via web cast on the Jamaica Information Service’s at website www.jis.gov.jm.
The ceremony, which is expected to begin at 5:00 p.m. sharp and end before sunset, will include the taking of the oath of office by Mrs. Simpson Miller followed by the lowering of the standard of outgoing Prime Minister, P. J. Patterson, and the raising of the standard of the new Prime Minister.
This will be followed by brief statements from Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, Prime Minister Patterson and then the new Prime Minister will address the nation. There will also be the symbolic exchange of the Prime Minister’s motorcar in which Portia Simpson Miller will be transported around King’s House.
A brief musical programme, with performances from the Jamaica Military Band as well as a combined choir featuring the University Singers and the Kencot Youth Choir, with soloist Shirley Lewis and saxophonist Dean Fraser, will also take place.
The evening’s proceedings will culminate with a reception in honour of the new Prime Minister, on the grounds of King’s House.