Trinidad Express / IN light of questions being raised surrounding the appointment of Fern Narcis-Scope to the position of chief elections officer of the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC), its deputy chief elections officer Lena Champa Sahadeo has written to the Service Commission Department as well as Narcis-Scope herself, seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Attorneys representing Sahadeo issued the requests yesterday, seeking information on a number of issues including the criteria to be met for the appointment to the post of chief elections officer inclusive of the experience and training required, a list of the names of all people interviewed, and Narcis-Scope’s curriculam vitae.

The requests were made given that Sahadeo, who has been employed at the EBC for more than 20 years and who previously acted in the position of chief elections officer, was not successful after applying for the position.

Instead, Narcis-Scope, who was previously employed as a senior legal officer, was selected.

Recently, questions arose over Narcis-Scope’s appointment after it was rumoured that she was the cousin of Public Administration Minister Maxie Cuffie.

The EBC has said this is not so.

  Felt rushed in interview  

In the requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the attorneys stated that their client was interviewed in May of this year.

However, in September, she was informed she was unsuccessful.

“Our client has read recent reports in the daily newspapers of Trinidad and Tobago, in which questions have arisen surrounding the said appointment of Ms Narcis-Scope…Our client has further instructed that at her interview process, she felt rushed and was prevented from answering questions ‘in the interest of time’ and as a result, she instructs that she may not have been treated fairly in the interview process,” the letters stated.

Other information being sought by Sahadeo are:

• Minutes of any meetings of the Public Service Commission at which the appointment an or promotion to the office of chief elections officer was discussed and or determined relative to the appointment made in September.

• The interview notes and score sheets or other documents of all candidates who were inter-viewed.

• The names of all public officers whose names were retained for future reference arising from the interviews to the post of chief elections officer.

• Sahadeo’s position in the overall ranking of candidates.

• All documents relating to the interview and subsequent appointment of the successful candidate.


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