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President to appoint new members on Integrity Commission today

President Anthony Carmona

President Anthony Carmona is today expected to announce the names of persons to be appointed on the Integrity Commission.

News Power Now understands that the President has been consulting with legal advisers on how to treat with public concerns about the controversial May 15 meeting between Integrity Commission Chairman Ken Gordon and Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.

The meeting, which took place after office hours at the home of Mr Gordon, involved a matter referred to the Commission by former President George Maxwell Richards.

There have been subsequent public calls from several quarters for Mr Gordon to resign but he has refused, declaring that his meeting with Dr Rowley was done in accordance with the Integrity in Public Life Act. 

Dr Rowley had written to then President Richards in November last raising concerns about a thread of 31 alleged conspiring e-mails between the Attorney General, Prime Minister, two other government ministers and the Prime Minister’s security advisor.

Dr Rowley claimed that the alleged emails were sent to him by an anonymous whistleblower.

The President subsequently forwarded the alleged emails to the Integrity Commission for its attention.

However, except for Mr Gordon, the term of the other four members on the Commission had expired in March, and the alleged e-mail matter could not have been dealt with until new members were appointed to fill the vacancies on the Commission.

President Carmona is expected to meet with Gordon before today’s installation of the four Commissioners.

The President has already consulted Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the Opposition Leader Dr Rowley, both of whom, News Power Now understands, have given their approval of the persons selected to serve on the Integrity Commission.