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Search for new PSC members

Published:Friday | December 14, 2007 | 7:33 AM

The Government has reportedly begun to take steps to appoint a new Public Services Commission, just one day after dismissing all the members of that body.

Mr. Golding has indicated that he will now consult with Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller on the appointment of a new Commission.

Yesterday Governor General Professor Sir Kenneth Hall confirmed that he had advised members of the commission that they were fired with effect from Wednesday night.

The dismissals came only hours before the court granted an injunction barring the Prime Minister from recommending that the Governor General fire the PSC members for misbehaving.

The majority of the PSC members received their letters yesterday, while attorneys representing the Opposition Leader were filing the injunction.

The Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller wanted the injunction to remain in force until the PSC is offered a fair hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal into the allegations of misbehaviour.

Bert Samuels who is the attorney representing the opposition leader said he will be researching to see whether it is possible to prevent the Governor General from appointing new members to the PSC. He hopes to do this within the next two days.

The government and the PSC have been at odds since the committee recommended Professor Stephen Vasciannie be appointed the new Solicitor General.