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GG should quit over Senate debacle

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Following the ruling of the Constitutional Court and the apology to the two ousted senators at the Boulevard Baptist Church recently, one thought the matter had been laid to rest. Sadly, days after an appeal was filed by said opposition leader. Is the opposition leader sincere? Can he opposition leader be taken seriously?

The Court of Appeal's decision to uphold the ruling of the Constitutional Court requires that we look closely at the role and function of the governor general. The GG, having accepted the said undated letters of resignation, forces us to ask who is advising him and how competent he is on the Jamaican Constitution?

The attorney general had explained that it was not the job of the GG to investigate whether the said letters handed to him by Mr Holness ought to be used to terminate the senators in such manner. While this may be so, the fact that the governor general had accepted those letters, his actions are similarly unconstitutional and therefore null and void.

In any democratic society, if anyone errs on such a national scale, he or she should save face and preserve the integrity of the office by resigning. The office of the governor general has been put into disrepute by the said actions of the leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness.

In that it was the governor general who appointed new senators, shouldn't he likewise resign?