While the Opposition and the government seem to agree on very few things if any at all, the one thing they seem to agree on today is that the selection Process by the Police Service Commission for the post of Police Commissioner and Deputy Police Commissioner appears to have been flawed.
The Opposition and Government have also agreed that the PSC should be called before a Joint Select Committee to be interrogated on the procedures followed in its selections for Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner.
The Select Committee will be appointed by the House of Representatives, which is responsible for vetoing or approving the PSC’s nominations.
Parliament was actually due to hold discussions on the nominations today but those discussions will be postponed as both Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar have expressed serious concerns about the process and procedures used by the Commission in nominating Deodath Dulalchan and Harold Phillip for the two top posts.
A report in today’s Trinidad Express newspaper quotes Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley as saying that Parliament needs to be clear on the matters surrounding the nominees before making a decision.
He adds that given the information before the Parliament, there are several questions that need to be answered before the House could proceed to discuss the nominees selection to the posts.
The Government instead today plans to move a motion to send the matter to a Joint Select Committee to enquire into and interrogate the persons involved.