Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Marlene Malahoo Forte says the proposal to allow parliamentarians to vote by secret ballot for the appointment and removal of a Jamaican president from office is to avoid the process falling into disrepute.

The proposal is contained in the Ministry Paper tabled in parliament and based on a report from the Constitutional Reform Committee, CRC.

The CRC recommends that the Jamaican president be appointed by a two stage process starting with a nomination by the prime minister after consultation with the leader of the opposition.

That is then followed by at least a two thirds vote in a joint sitting of the parliament, with members of parliament and senators voting separately, by secret ballot.

Where consensus cannot be reached on a nomination by the prime minister and the opposition leader, both leaders nominate their preferred candidate who must then be endorsed by a simple majority of both houses of parliament, voting separately by secret ballot.

Minister Malahoo Forte says open voting on this issue could end up being problematic.

Meanwhile, Minister Malahoo Forte says there’s no consensus within the ranks of King’s Counsel on the matter of Jamaica’s final appellate court.

Marlene Malahoo Forte, Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs, speaking on Nationwide This Morning on Friday.