At a news conference yesterday, Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that he will not be adopting the Parliament’s two-thirds system for the appointment of the Commissioner of Police, as proposed by Chris Fearne during the Labour leadership, a proposal with which the Nationalist Party agreed.
Instead, the Government will be making a public call for candidates, which candidates are to be later shortlisted by the Public Service Commission. Shortlisting will continue until only two candidates remain, with the post awarded to the candidate who the Prime Minister considers as the best candidate for this post.
The nominee is then scrutinised by Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee. In this committee, like any other Parliamentary Committee, the Government has a majority. Responding to questions by the journalists present, Prime Minister Abela reminded that nowhere in its report did the Venice Commission propose that the Commissioner of Police is to be appointed with the approval of two thirds of the members of parliament.