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Statutory board members should be elected — Fligelstone Davies

Attorney-at-law, Daniel Fligelstone Davies.

Persons appointed to statutory boards should instead face a more stringent and transparent process that should involve elections. 

This was the sentiment expressed yesterday by Daniel Fligelstone Davies — an attorney-at-law and cohost of The Situation Room radio programme.

Commission of Inquiry (COI) recommendations released in a report earlier this year suggested that there should be a wholesale review of the way statutory board appointments are done. 

But Fligelstone Davies felt officials should go even further than the steps that have been outlined in those recommendations and perhaps mirror an approach taken by other jurisdictions. 

“With respect to statutory boards, my view is that they should be elected positions for the most part,” Fligelstone Davies said.

“Statutory boards ought to be subject to an election in the same way that they are in the US and USVI and yes, you can have criteria; a vetting process to see whether or not someone is qualified for a particular position on a board or not,” he stated.

Fligelstone Davies drew reference to the posts of judges and magistrates in the United States as examples of those elected positions.

And while agreeing that statutory board posts can be advertised and applications submitted for those posts, Fligelstone Davies suggested the public should be better informed of the process involved after those submissions are made.

“There should be a criteria, a clear criteria and an explained process as to how appointments happen and various stages that one could expect once turning in your application,” he added.

COI reforms suggest clear protocols for posts

As part of the ongoing COI reforms, the territory is currently undergoing a review of all statutory boards to determine, among other things, the extent to which those boards are applying policies intended to promote good governance such as conflict of interest policy and a political interference policy.

With regard to recommendation B28, the report suggested there should be a protocol for the appointment and removal of statutory board members, published and applicable to all such boards, which should be identified in the protocol itself. 

The report said the protocol should be based on the principles of good governance, so that appointments and revocations of appointments are based on clearly expressed and published criteria. 

“It should, therefore, include provision (e.g.) for advertisement of posts, appropriate application forms, appropriate checks, interviews before a panel including independent members, restricted circumstances in which the executive cannot proceed with the panel’s recommendation, and the rights to an independent appeal in appropriate cases,” the report recommended. 

Importantly, the report said, it should not be necessary for the protocol to include any residual ministerial discretionary powers. 

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  1. Please says:

    Bullsh.t this nonsense should not have even made news. Tell the people go to the polls and stop voting for persons of bad character and vote for good character and sound judgment.

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  2. no time to waste says:

    We dont have time for games Mr Flintsone

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  3. Jill says:

    I tend to agree with the idea of election for statutory board members because sometimes there seems to be no real criterions

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  4. hmmm says:

    First, the government should develop guidelines for appointing board members to statutory boards. The process is unclear because no one knows what the process is.

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  5. lol says:

    this is so laughable that it is sad

  6. Licher and Sticher says:

    Current criteria: friends and family

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  7. SIR says:

    IF IT WILL BRING BACK SOME (INTEGRITY ) TO THE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD RESPECT THEMSELVES AND THE PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT , THEN HONESTLY SPEAKING ,I RESPECT THAT , BECAUSE LORD KNOWS WE NEED NOT ONLY HONEST QUALIFIED PEOPLE BUT WITH, ( INTEGRITY ) WHICH IS LACKING IN THESE SO CALLED POLITICIANS

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  8. Yawn says:

    That boy is desperate for publicity for himself and his firm (which has no silks)

  9. Abolish says:

    all the BVI’s statutory boards ASAP. These boards are outdated in the 21st century digital age.

  10. MOVE TO FLORIDA says:

    Along with your buddy Head Coach.

  11. Your auntie says:

    Well your auntie just was appointed to lead one

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  12. Y"all Know He Is Right says:

    Same set of jokers screwing up everything.

  13. Guy Hill says:

    All Board Members should have Integrity.

  14. Modest says:

    A mid east little man with plenty to be modest about!

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