Dear Editor,The call by Government for the President to nominate persons for the post of GECOM Chairman is an attempt to make the President and Leader of the Opposition one. That is, it is meant to eliminate the non-delegable role of the Leader of the Opposition.The Constitution does not allow for this. Where the Constitution says that a Leader of the Opposition gets to nominate, and a President gets to appoint, a GECOM Chairman, then that is the law of the land. It is meant to prevent electoral theft, not promote electoral profit.This law is, and must be, non-negotiable. Neither the President nor the Leader of the Opposition is allowed lawfully to change it in the name of consensus. Any attempt to do so is to break this law. The public must guard against, and resist this, as no one can uphold the Constitution by breaking a law.Therefore, the idea being peddled by some: that today’s fallen President and the Leader of the Opposition should each be allowed to name 3 nominees, or nominees on the list to be submitted, is a mischievous suggestion to break the law.It is a suggestion to break the law because it is meant to usurp or strangle the role of the Leader of the Opposition by giving the President unilateral decision-making powers under the circumstance. The President cannot nominate a nominee unto himself.Further, this fallen Government’s predictable misreading of what the Caribbean Court of Justice said underscores Government’s need to have a chairman who manages the elections from inside of the President’s front pocket.Said another way: The President is attempting to go around what the Court said about his “flawed” unilateral appointment, and resurrect Mr. Patterson from resignation, but with a new face.Unfortunately, people know what time it is.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertab
Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence said she would be lobbying for an improved salary scale for persons working for basic wages within the health sector.She was at the time speaking to staff members of the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre last Friday, during the closing ceremony of a two-week capacity-building programme for orthotic and prosthetic technicians.The technicians, most of them hailing from the Centre, were very instrumental inPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrenceproviding prosthetic limbs and orthotic devices for some 25 persons.Minister Lawrence said while she was grateful for the work put in by the technicians and other staff, there was no doubt that the salaries of those who labour so strenuously needed to be improved.“We are presently at the Ministry of Health trying to work with the Public Service Ministry so that persons who are branded in some particular fields and have been left there to languish, to address your salary scale so you can be remunerated properly for the important services you provide,” the Minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.She noted that the process was “taking a little longer than we thought it would have taken, but good things come to those who wait,” she assured.“We will continue to fight that fight so that persons in those other Ministries understand the important role that many of you play in the health sector, especially you here at the Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre.”Director of the Rehabilitation Centre, Cynthia Massay lauded the Minister’s commitment to health workers particularly those working at the centre.
Colchester are closing in on the loan capture of Ipswich starlet Jack Marriott.The 20-year-old striker has been recalled from his loan at Woking and is now expected to seal a move to League One Colchester.Marriot, who scored four goals in 19 Conference outings for Woking, was supposed to stay with the club until April after an extension was agreed earlier this month.But, having been recalled early, he is now expected to head to Essex as part of the deal which took Freddie Sears in the opposite direction to Ipswich. Jack Marriott 1