(Demerara Waves) Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton on Monday refused to hold a second round of in-person consultations with President Irfaan Ali, saying he was busy and he has not received the basis for appointments to several commissions.
“In any event, if my schedule did permit me to attend, I draw to your attention that I am not yet in receipt of the grounds upon which each specific recommendation for appointment is being made. This is necessary if there is to be meaningful consultation in keeping with the Constitution,” Mr Norton told Minister of Governance Gail Teixeira in his letter dated March 30, 2022.
President Ali said in remarks on Facebook that Mr Norton did not turn up for the meeting and no correspondence was received from him. But as he was on Facebook, Mr. Norton’s letter dated May 30, 2022 was being circulated to the media. The President, for his part, said that on May 16, 2022, the curriculum vitae of 14 persons including the nominee for the Judicial Service Commission, the four nominees for the Police Service Commission, which were approved unanimously in a Committee of Appointments and by the National Assembly were dispatched to Mr. Norton.