PNC/R’s absence from Parliament blocks appointment of Winston Felix

Guyana Chronicle
December 14, 2002

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The Ministry of Home Affairs in a release to the media yesterday called on the PNC/R to return to Parliament to facilitate the urgent constitution of the Police Service Commission so as to allow for the appointment of Commissioner of Police-designate, Mr. Winston Felix, and the promotion of hundreds of hardworking and deserving gazetted ranks of the Guyana Police Force.

In the release the Ministry notes the mischievous and untrue suggestion by the Opposition PNC/R that the acting Commissioner of Police, Mr. Floyd McDonald has sought “an extension of his tenure” and the administration “has indicated an intention to grant it.”

The release said His Excellency, the President has after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition earlier this year, indicated that Mr. Felix would be appointed the new Commissioner of Police. The release further stated that additionally, consultation with the Police Service Commission is a constitutional prerequisite to the appointment being made. The Police Service Commission is also, constitutionally empowered to make promotions with the gazetted ranks of the Guyana Police Force. It went on to say that the promotion and discipline of officers of the police force cannot be addressed because of the non-existence of the Police Service Commission.

+y staying out of Parliament,” said the release, “the PNCR is denying our police ranks bread. Sadly, other categories of deserving Guyanese are being denied promotions and appointments as a result of the PNC/R staying out of Parliament.”

The release concluded that the urgency and necessity of the Police Service Commission and other constitutional Commissions being set up require the presence of the Opposition in Parliament which cannot be over-emphasised.

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