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Glynis Roberts removed from the Senate

Glynis Roberts - is no longer sitting in the Upper House

It’s now official that the appointment of former Congress government minister Glynis Roberts to sit in the Senate has been revoked by Governor-General Dame Cecile La Grenade.

This was confirmed to THE NEW TODAY by Acting Clerk of Parliament, Andrew Augustine, a former Executive member of the Public Workers Union (PWU).

After the 2018 general election in which the ruling New National Party (NNP) won all 15 seats for a second consecutive time, Dame Cecil exercised her constitutional powers to appoint Roberts and two members of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to sit in the Upper House of Parliament.

Former NNP member, Tobias Clement decided to resign from the party in November to take on the role of Opposition Leader and was entitled to submit the names of three persons to sit in the Senate on his behalf.

Clement, the Member of Parliament for St. George North-east, wrote the Governor General seeking the appointment of only two Senators as he was waiting on confirmation from someone else to serving in the Senate.

This move by the Opposition Leader led to a debate on the status of Roberts who is also a former Member of Parliament for the South St. George constituency.

When asked about the issue of Roberts on June 4, Augustine said: “I am currently in receipt of correspondence from Her Excellency, the Governor General. The Clerk must first write and deliver correspondence to Senators before communicating same with any other source. Delivery is targeted for tomorrow morning. Upon delivery tomorrow morning, I will communicate as promised. Thanks for your understanding.”

Two days later, the Clerk sent the following information: “The appointment of all three senators have been revoked. The third senatorial seat remains vacant.”

THE NEW TODAY understands that the revocation letter was sent to Parliament but it took several days for the office to communicate with Roberts.

Speculation is rife that some persons in Parliament were trying to pave the way for Roberts, the former Labour Minister in the 2008-13 National Democratic Congress (NDC) government to continue to sit in the Senate until the third person was appointed by the Opposition Leader.

Clement had taken the position that he did not appoint Roberts to serve in the Senate and it was the responsibility of Dame Cecile to revoke her appointment.

Roberts who was expelled from NDC in 2012 gave support to the NNP of Prime Minister Mitchell in the March 2018 general election.

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