[www.inewsguyana.com] – Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs has dismissed concerns raised by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) over the appointment of Technocrat Ministers to the National Assembly by theAPNU+AFC government.
Shortly before the opening of the 11th session of Parliament on June 10, the PPP in a press statement noted that Keith Scott, Sydney Allicock and Winston Felix should not be sworn in as Parliamentarians since they do not fit the criteria of being Technocratic ministers.
The PPP explained that they are all on the lists of candidates for Members of Parliament submitted to Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) by the Representative of the APNU+AFC Coalition list.
The PPP contends that articles 103 (3) and 105 of the Constitution and laws pronouncing on the eligibility of appointment of Technocratic Ministers do not confer Technocratic status on these three Ministers, already sworn in by President David Granger as Ministers.
But the Clerk of the National Assembly has clarified that this was not case adding that legal precedent has been set for such to happen.
“A Perusal of the People’s Representation Act (Cap1:03), and in accordance with practice an elected member can be defined as a person whose name was extracted from the lists of candidates and declared by the Guyana Elections Commission to be a Member of Parliament,” said Isaacs.
Isaac added that “it follows, therefore in my view that a person whose name is on the list and whose name was not extracted and declared by GECOM to be an elected Member, can become a non-elected Minister or a parliamentary secretary in accordance with Article 104 (3) of the constitution.
According to Isaacs, precedent for such to happen has already been set in the cases of the appointments of Ralph Ramkarran and Raphael Trotman as speakers for the ninth and tenth parliaments, respectively.
However, the PPP, in response to Isaacs says his advice is “clearly unsound, since as is known unextracted lists members are still recognized as elected members of the House and can be extracted and appointed as elected Members of Parliament at any time during the five (5) year term of the Parliament.”
According to the PPP, a judicial review of this situation is “clearly indicated.”