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Why PM must veto
I refer to a letter to the editor published on June 03, 2012, under the caption “PM can’t continue to veto.” In this regard I wish to point out that presently when a senior public official is to be appointed, there is an interview process. After the interview process the panel makes a recommendation to the PSC which would then recommend an appointment and send it to the Prime Minister for approval.
There have been serious concerns about the composition of the interview panel, which may, at times, not include any member of the (PSC). There have been charges of bias and nepotism levied against the interview panel. It is my understanding that the PSC normally accepts the results of this interview panel that decides a public official’s career in twenty minutes’ time.
The Prime Minister has to ensure that the most suitable qualified public official is appointed to the position and hence the power of veto should continue. For example, citizens would be appalled as to how top officials at the Customs and Excise Division were appointed during the years 2004-2006 to senior positions in that department. I, therefore, reinforce that the Prime Minister must continue to judiciously exercise the power of veto.
Retired senior customs officer
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