Gov’t’s Chief spokesman Dr. Roger Luncheon weighs in on Judicial appointment issue – 5th Jun 2013
The Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon attended meetings President Donald Ramotar had with the opposition leader David Granger on the confirmation and non-confirmation of the Chancellor and Chief Justice.
According to Dr. Luncheon, President Ramotar expressed his intention to confirm Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang and Acting Chancellor Carl Singh. Luncheon repeated an earlier statement by the Attorney General Anil Nandlall that Granger was not in support of confirming Chang and Singh.
Luncheon said that the constitution provides for the President to consult with the Opposition Leader, but that consultation should not be interpreted to mean that Granger should have an input in the appointment process.
Granger had suggested that a new method be used to select the Chancellor and Chief Justice, namely that the positions be advertised and that a special panel be appointed to conduct interviews and select the best candidate.
However, Luncheon said President Ramotar is not likely to agree to that suggestion.
Luncheon said that what Granger has proposed is outside of what the constitution provides for, and apart from the idea being a “novelty” Granger did not advance any arguments of “merit” as to what is wrong with the current way of making the appointments.