|Ken Gordon ponders resignation as Commission Chairman |
Friday, June 21 2013
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CHAIRMAN of the Integrity Commission Ken Gordon yesterday said he is pondering his options, including the possibility of resigning from the Commission. In a brief interview, Gordon said he was considering a range of options and, “will make my position clear in a statement before the end of the week.” Asked if among the range of options he was considering, is resignation, Gordon said, “yes.”
The chairman’s contemplation of resigning came as Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar held a meeting yesterday with President Anthony Carmona at President’s House over the issue of Gordon’s confirmation of a meeting at his private home with Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.
While Gordon made clear that he would make a statement, there was some vacillation on the part of the Office of the Integrity Commission over the form that statement would take. The Office at one stage suggested a statement.
At exactly 2 pm yesterday, the Commission announced that Gordon would attend a media conference today on his May 15 meeting with Rowley at Gordon’s Glencoe residence.
“Mr Kenneth Gordon, Chairman of the Integrity Commission of Trinidad and Tobago invites you to attend – or send a representative – to a news conference. The news conference is called for the specific purpose of addressing issues related to the Chairman’s meeting with Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.”
This release was issued minutes prior to the meeting between the President and Prime Minister which started yesterday at about 2.20 pm. At 4.42 pm yesterday, the Commission issued a second press release retracting its previous release. “The Office of the Integrity Commission has reconsidered the hosting of a news conference tomorrow Friday June 21,” the release said. “The Commission’s Chairman Kenneth Gordon will release a statement on the issues related to his meeting with the Leader of the Opposition tomorrow (today) at 2 pm.”
Asked if this change reflected a shift of position, possibly after a communication with President Carmona, Gordon when contacted at 5 pm yesterday said, “No, it was always supposed to be a statement. The first release went out in error.”