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PPP wants wide-ranging consultations on Coroners Act

The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) wants wide-ranging consultations on amendments to the Coroners Act, beyond merely allowing for more persons other than magistrates to conduct inquests.

In a letter to Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, the PPPC’s Anil Nandlall urged that there be  “holistic review” of the principal act in keeping with a recommendation by the Disciplined Forces Commission.

The PPPC wants the amendment that merely allows for the Judicial Services Commission to appoint “fit and proper” persons in addition to magistrates to be coroners for the whole of Guyana. Such consultations, the party says, should be held with associations representing the legal profession, Director of Public Prosecutions, Guyana Police Force, Guyana Human Rights Association, labour movement, Private Sector Commission and parliamentary parties “all of whom we consider to be important stakeholders and whom we believe should be invited to make their valuable ckntribution at a Parliamentary Select Committee.

“Signficantly, the subject of the Principal Act is a very complex, specialized and technical area of procedural as well as substantive law. Additionally, it touches and concerns the controversial issue of unnatural deaths,” said Nandlall.

The seven-month old coalition government has been promising to probe the unnatural deaths of hundreds of persons during the 2002 to 2009 crime spree.



  • Emile_Mervin

    The PPP had all the time in the world to implement the recommendations from the Disciplined Forces Commission, but now that the Coalition wants to keep its promise of probing the unsolved deaths of hundreds since 2002 by addressing the powers of Coroners, the PPP is running scared and fronting about widespread consultation. The Cup is going down fighting, but it is going down!

  • SeeLochan Beharry

    Seems that the PPP has suddenly woken up and are now pronouncing on ethical conduct of appointees! The same principle of hiring “fit and proper” people in positions were grossly violated. Even University appointees were under the hammer of the the PPP. How does the PPP explain the appointment of a VC of UG who openly campaigned for the PPP? What does the PPP mean by “fit and proper”?
    Perhaps the PPP can tell us which of their appointment was “fit and proper?”
    Does a person who advocate against fellow Guyanese “fit and proper” to lead the PPP? The list of disgraceful and unfit and improper conduct is long…
    Seelochan Beharry