The absence of parliamentary opposition has not hindered the process relating to certain appointments in the public service, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has revealed.
The prime minister was at the time responding to a question from the media on whether there are constitutional issues regarding the appointment of a commissioner of police and public service commissioner. Such appointments are usually made in consultation with the leader of the opposition.
The main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has decided to boycott Parliament in protest of the December 18 general elections.
“You have to consult, but doesn’t mean you need the person to approve. The fact is, you just need to say that there’s no leader of the opposition and therefore you were unable to consult with the leader of the opposition; and you make recommendations to the authority for the appointment, as we have done in the case of the acting chief of police and the acting deputy,” Prime Minister Skerrit explained.
According to him, the country’s president has been informed of the matter.
“My letter to His Excellency the President was that I consulted with the chairman of the police service commission, and the fact that we don’t have a leader of the opposition I could not consult with anybody because the deputy and the chief acting [of police] appointment came to an end in early December, so the state must continue to function,” he stated.
Police Commissioner Hobbs Jno Baptiste and Deputy Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette have both been appointed to act for another term.