Saturday, 19 May 2007 7:37 AM

PSC Commission may be referred to a tribunal

The Chairman of the Public Service Commission and the entire commission may face up to a review tribunal if cabinet gives the go-ahead.

The Acting Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo stated in a press conference yesterday that he has recommended to cabinet for a tribunal to be established. "The tribunal will review the performance of the Chairman and members of the Public service commission in the way they have conducted themselves recently" Lilo said. "The chairman had misbehaved and showed no respect to the office of the Governor General when he stormed out of the office on Tuesday after the swearing in ceremony of the new Police Commissioner"

The Acting Prime Minister Lilo stated that the tribunal would look into whether the conduct of the commission was in the spirit of the constitution, or if there was an issue of infirmity of body or mind, or if it was a matter of misbehavior.

Andresen had issued a statement earlier as Chairman of the Police and Prison Service Commission the he had advised the office of the Governor General against the appointment as it was un-procedural. Andersen said that the position was not advertised nor was it formalized by the Public Service Commission.

But Acting Prime Minister Lilo said that "he has no problem in his capacity as chairman of the Police and Prison Service Commission. He has a problem in his capacity as chairman of the Public Service Commission because he thinks the appointment should go through the PSC first"
Lilo stated that in as far as the appointment of the Commissioner of Police is concerned the consultation has already been conducted between the prime minister and the Police and Prison Service Commission. "His imposition was there ought to be a consultation or a submission that requires the approval of the PSC before the recommendation could ever be tendered by the Prime Minister to the Governor General." Lilo said.

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