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Hyatt fete postpones Parliament meeting on CoP

Saturday, February 10, 2018
DCP Deodat Dulalchan. Photo by:ABRAHAM DIAZ

Parliamentary work regarding the nomination of a Police Commissioner will begin next week instead of this week.

The first meeting of the Parliamentary committee mandated to enquire into the Police Service Commission’s process to select a commissioner was postponed from Wednesday and will now take place next Friday. This was confirmed by Parliament officials after the cancellation.

Just over a week ago the PSC proposed acting Deputy Commissioner Deodat Dulalchan as its choice for CoP. A second list was proposed with Dulalchan and ACP Harold Phillip for Deputy Commissioners.

Since the announcement by the PSC, there have been several allegations made against Dulalchan and one issue relating to a High Court judgment against Phillip.

Dulalchan is accused of using his office to get approval to occupy a parcel of State land at Felicity from the Commissioner of State Lands. Four farmers were displaced. Following concerns about the PSC’s process, both Government and Opposition—agreed the PSC has questions to answer on the selection—and a special select committee was appointed to examine the process.

The committee comprises Government and Opposition MPs: Fitzgerald Hinds (PNM), Roodal Moonilal (UNC), Nicole Olivierre (PNM), Terrence Deyalsingh (PNM), Ganga Singh (UNC) and Randall Mitchell (PNM).

Their first meeting—to elect a chairman to chart the way forward for the enquiry—was scheduled for last Wednesday.

But this was postponed due to a daytime fete at the Hyatt, which is near the Parliament building, Parliament officials confirmed.

The meeting will now be held at 10.30 am next Friday. The team gets now to work immediately after with private meetings on February 23 and 27.

The team has a March 31 deadline to report by.

Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams holds office until April 1.


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