Frequently asked questions about us
What is POMAC?
POMAC is the Advisory Committee on the Power of Mercy established pursuant to Article 133(2) of the Constitution.
What is the role of POMAC?
The Committee’s role is to receive and review petitions from deserving convicted criminal offenders, make appropriate recommendations to His Excellency the President for consideration.
Who are POMAC Members?
The Committee comprises of nine (9) members: the Attorney General who is the Chairperson for the Committee, Cabinet Secretary responsible for correctional services, and seven (7) other members who possess diverse professional expertise, skills and knowledge and are competitively selected by a special selection panel constituted by His Excellency the President.
How does the President exercise the Power of Mercy?
The President in accordance with the advice of the Committee may:
- Grant a free or conditional pardon to a convicted prisoner
- Postpone the carrying out of a punishment
- Substitute a less severe punishment
- Remit all or part of a punishment
Who can apply for Pardon?
Any person who is a convicted prisoner and is not serving a non-custodial sentence and/or having a pending court process can apply for pardon.
How does one apply for pardon?
A petitioner may apply individually or through an agent and/or advocate in writing or electronically to POMAC.
What is the role of the Pardon Officers?
These are officers who are stationed at correctional facilities and report directly to the Committee on all matters related to the Power of Mercy, advise the internal mechanisms in each correctional facility on all matters related to the Power of Mercy and are responsible for assisting applicants in the preparation of petitions and providing general information on the Power of Mercy to the prisoners.
Appeal and/or Re-application
Any petitioner can appeal or re-petition but only once after rejection and on new grounds to His Excellency the President through the Committee.
What makes a petition admissible
The petitioner must have served at least 1/3 of the sentence. Those on life or death sentence must have served at least five (5) years.
Who is a Victim?
A victim is any person who individually or together with one or more persons suffered harm in the form of physical, mental or emotional injury, pecuniary loss, or substantial violation of human rights as a result of the criminal activity of the person for whom power of mercy is petitioned or otherwise under consideration.
What is the role of the victim?
When the conviction is for a felony and where there was a victim, the victim is legally entitled to make representations to the Committee.