VANUATU MULLS NEW POLICE COMMISSIONER

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Five candidates in running for high profile post

By Lora Lini-Napuati

PORT VILA (Vanuatu Daily Post, Sept. 29, 2009) - As members of the Police Service Commission sit at 10 this morning, the public and the media anxiously await the decision as to who will become their new Police Commissioner.

There are a number of reasons why so many people will be interested to know the outcome of the PSC meeting.

It includes so much controversy into the list of names applying for the prestigious position that nearly forced the current coalition government into considering outside applicants.

The names have been juggled by the government for over a month now since the Police Service Commission decided to re-advertise the position—something many have concluded to be not an administrative matter but another political ploy of the current coalition.

The names include Major Arthur Caulton who, at one stage was a favorite for the post and Joshua Bong, despite so much controversy over his alleged connection to the January assault of Daily Post Publisher Marc Neil Jones over his poor handling of the Correctional Services issues.

When Daily Post asked the PSC Chairman yesterday to confirm whether Lieutenant Bong will take the top post the reply from Mr Tony Ata was: "I cannot confirm at this stage, we will all have to wait until the other member for Public Service Commission arrives in Port Vila so the meeting can go ahead".

As of yesterday afternoon, Daily Post received the following names vying for the post. They include Api Jack Marikembo, Terry Tulong, Arthur Caulton, Joshua Bong and Vake Rakau.

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