Sunday 15 December, 2019

PNM to strengthen screening process

Even as the People's National Movement (PNM) has been in existence for over six decades, there are still lessons to be learnt. 

That was the view of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in relation to recent events surrounding the postponement of the swearing-in of Garvin Simonette to replace corruption accused Marlene McDonald as Public Administration Minister on Monday.

He made the comment while responding to questions from reporters at the Post Cabinet media briefing on Thursday. 

Rowley confirmed that Simonette was no longer considered for the Ministerial post in light of two misdemeanour offences of driving under the influence in the United States.

By the end of the day, Simonette resigned as a Senator.

Speaking of the screening process, Rowley said there was always "room for surprise". 

He said reasons for disqualification could range anywhere from bankruptcy to a person having a history of beating their wife. 

The difficulty in learning of these matters beforehand, he said, was due to the fact that questioning would not always unearth this pertinent information was due to how these questions were being perceived by individuals. 

As a result, many of these issues and information would only surface after persons are appointed to their various positions. 

The Prime Minister revealed that the party would now be moving to standardise their screening process with a new form, going forward, to avoid such instances in the future.

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