BEFORE THE ELECTION KHAIYUM RULED THAT PUBLIC OFFICE DID NOT INCLUDE PMs OFFICE, A-Gs OFFICE AND HIS REGIME MINISTERS
JUDGE ALFRED SHOULD ORDER CONTEMPT OF COURT CHARGE:
“This would effectively create a revolving door which allows politicians to contest elections as members of a political party, and then to return to or be appointed as public officers (whether as Permanent Secretaries, judicial officers and other top constitutional and public officeholders) if they are not successful, and then be appointed overnight as Members of Parliament in future.
“This case sets an unfortunate precedent. For example, the political party with majority seats in Parliament and forming Government could simply now put all their unsuccessful candidates in public offices, and then also have the benefit of having the same candidates declared as Members of Parliament if there is a vacancy in Parliament.
"The ruling does indeed have the potential of compromising the political neutrality of public offices, and given that the ruling of the High Court was final, it may be appropriate for the relevant laws to be clarified through appropriate legislative amendment." Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, Ministry of Information statement