Constitutional Offices Commission
I wish to assist Dan Urai further to his ignorance and many relevant unsubstantiated claims against government including the appointments from some of the current batch of Permanent Secretaries (PS). He might also want to note that on page 130 of our world acclaimed 2013 Constitution titled “Part-D General Provisions to Public Offices” from Section’s 134, 135, 137, 138 including their respective subsections.
All public officers of the state and their various appointments is the sole responsibility and is the prerogative of the Constitutional Offices Commission [COC], which is headed by the Prime Minister as chairman and his nominee including the Leader of the Opposition and her nominee to appoint and recommend to His Excellency the President of the Republic of Fiji the names of those whom they deem fit to hold such offices as: a] Supervisor of elections; b] Secretary General to Parliament; c] Commissioner of Police; d] Commissioner of Fiji Corrections Services; e] Commander of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces; f] Auditor General; g] Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji; h] the members of the Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Commission; i] the members of Electoral Commission; and j] the members of the Public Service Commission Their applications, terms and conditions of office, remuneration and allowance, removal from office for cause, performance of functions of commissions and tribunals are very clearly defined therein. I do hope Dan can now understand that there is a vast difference in the appointing authority of these offices by the COC and that of the Permanent Secretaries who are appointed by the Public Service Commission. I would be very grateful if he can name those who he claims in his letter March 28 which he termed, “but some PS were not