By Adama Tine
The Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Dawda A. Jallow, on Tuesday moved the motion before the National Assembly to consider and confirm the appointments of Sulayman Samba and Mary Samba as members of the Judicial Service Commission.
According to Minister Jallow, Section 145 (d) of the Constitution states that there shall be a Judicial Service Commission, which shall consist of legal practitioners of at least five years standing at the Gambia Bar nominated by the Attorney General in consultation with the Gambia Bar Association. He added that sub-section (e) states that one person should be appointed by the President as indicated by Section 145 which states that the members of the commission other than members referred to in (a) and (f) shall be appointed by the president in consultation with the Chief Justice and subject to confirmation by the National Assembly.
The Majority Leader, Kebba K. Barrow, representing the Speaker of the National Assembly, called on the National Assembly to consider the appointment of Sulayman Saho and Mary Samba as members of the Judicial Services Commission pursuance to Section 145 of the 1997 Constitution.
The National Assembly then referred the motion to the Public Appointment Committee to scrutinize and confirm the appointments of the two members and report back to the plenary.
In his contribution, Halifa Sallah, member for Serekunda told his colleagues to understand what they were voting for, adding that it was for consideration and not to confirm the appointments.