Opposition calls for a neutral Governor-General

Parliament must nominate a neutral Governor-General who has credibility beyond politics.

This was the call by Opposition Leader Don Polye.

Parliament will nominate a new Governor-General this month as Sir Michael Ogio’s term expires after six years.

Polye said the country needs good leadership models for the people to follow and requires a mature, experienced person whose legitimacy and honest concern for the nation is known.

He said the office of the Governor-General should go to a mature person who has been a good role model in running the country, has experience in national leadership, trusted and respected by people.

“The Governor-General needs to be seen as politically neutral when making decisions during a national crisis,” stated the Opposition Leader.

“The person must be able to effectively run the country whether in law courts, church, public and community service, a constitutional office or through NGOs and community-based organisations.

“If a female unites experience in national leadership, a national reputation for honesty, commitment and discipline, she should be a candidate.”

Polye added that the new Governor-General should also be healthy and fit.

The Opposition already has female candidates in mind to nominate for the Governor-General post.

Quintina Naime