BILL PASSED TO AMEND RETIRING AGE OF DPP AND AUDITOR GENERAL

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Despite objection from the Opposition, the government used its majority to pass a bill amending the constitution to increase the retirement age for the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Auditor General.

The change is from 60 to 65 years, bringing it in line with what obtains for other workers in the civil service.

When the bill was read, by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, the Opposition called for a divide, and at the end of the process, 39 members voted for, while 8 voted against.

In his presentation, Mr. Chuck explained that there was need to fix the inconsistency with retirement age stipulations in the Pensions Public Service Act.