President blames PM, Opposition Leader for delay

In a release, the Office of the President sought to clarify comments made in the media yesterday that alluded to his delay in appointing a new Deputy Director. These comments contended that unless the President appointed the new Deputy Director, the PCA cannot initiate any investigations against police officers, including complaints of corruption and serious misconduct.

“It is to be noted that the Director and Deputy Director of the PCA are not appointed on the sole discretion of the President but instead are appointed as a result of joint advice from the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition in accordance with section 6(1) of the Police Complaints Authority Act, Chap. 15:05 (“the Act”), or alternatively, after consultation with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition by virtue of section 6(2) of the Act,” the release stated.

The Office of the President then set out the process undertaken in pursuit of the Deputy Director’s appointment. The release said Stroude informed Carmona of his resignation on May 8 and on that date, the President dispatched letters to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar informing them of the resignation. He also informed them of the requirement of section 6 (1) of the PCA Act for joint consultation which states, “The Authority shall comprise a Director and a Deputy Director to be appointed by the President on the joint advice of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.” The letter also referred to section 6(2) of the Act, which states, “In the event the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition cannot agree on the joint advice, the President shall appoint the Director and the Deputy Director, after consultation with the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.” Carmona also indicated that the joint advice was a matter of urgency as the Authority requires the appointment of a Deputy Director to be properly constituted for the purposes of the PCA.

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Source: Newsday http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,244958.html

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