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Exclusion of former politicians from some public bodies offensive – Knight

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 11:04 AM
Senator Knight said the exclusion of former politicians from serving on certain boards is offensive as it suggests they cannot be objective.

Opposition Senator K.D. Knight has taken issue with the exclusion of former politicians from holding positions within certain public bodies.

He raised the issue, last evening, as the Senate examined the National Identification and Registration Bill, which excludes former politicians from sitting on the board of the body which will oversee the operation of the bill.

Senator Knight said the exclusion of such persons from serving on certain boards is offensive as it suggests former politicians cannot be objective.

 

Opposition senator, K.D. Knight

Declaring that parliamentarians are honourable people, Knight said he would prefer if a specific period of exclusion was specified in such cases.

 

Opposition senator, K.D. Knight

Commenting on the concern raised by Senator Knight, President of the Senate Tom Tavares Finson pointed out that politicians currently serve on the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, which is widely respected.