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New Political Ombudsman identified

Published:Monday | September 21, 2015 | 9:51 PM

Speaker of the House of Parliament, Michael Peart, says a new Political Ombudsman has been identified and an announcement is expected  to be made soon. 

He told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that he does not know the selected person. 

However, Peart says the process is almost complete and the Governor General is to make the appointment. 

Under the law, the Governor General appoints the Political Ombudsman, following consultations with the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader. 

Meanwhile, Peart says he is due to meet with the Prime Minister on the matter. 

The Office of the Political Ombudsman, which reports to the Parliament, has been vacant since the June 2013 resignation of Bishop Herro Blair.

In August, Peart said the position needs to be filled especially because of statements from the governing People's National Party, suggesting that there could be early general elections.

Opposition parliamentarian Everald Warmington has led calls for the office to be scrapped saying it is a waste of time and money.

Up to 2014, it was costing a reported $18 million  a year to run the Office of the Political Ombudsman.