Constitutional Offices Commission to announce PSC chair and members

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka and Attorney-General Siromi Turaga after the COC meeting in Suva on Friday, January 6, 2023. Picture: ATU RASEA

Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka says the chair and members of the Public Service Commission (PSC) will be announced by the Constitutional Offices Commission (COC) after nominations are approved by President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere.

At a media conference outside Suvavou House, the PM said the COC consisted of Opposition Leader Voreqe Bainimarama and his nominee Tupou Draunidalo – who replaced former FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum – and government’s nominees – prominent Suva lawyer Jon Apted and Cema Bolabola.

“The meeting conceded nominations for the chairman of PSC and members of PSC,” Mr Rabuka said.

“The commission has endorsed the nominations and this will be forwarded to his Excellency the President for approval and appointment, and an announcement will be made in due course.”

Attorney-General Siromi Turaga said the commission was scheduled to meet again on January 18.

He said the meeting was “friendly and very interactive”.

“We want to move this commission forward,” Mr Turaga said.

“That means we have to be co-operative to others, we are three party coalition – if we can work together then we can work together with the FijiFirst party.

“This is never about us – it’s for the people of Fiji.”

Mr Bainimarama declined to comment when approached by the media while exiting Suvavou House with a family member.

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