Only a little over 1% of statutory declarations received by the Integrity Commission over the last six years have been examined.

The startling statistic was revealed in the Commission’s annual report.

Nationwide News has seen excerpts of the report.

The report also reveals that an even smaller number of these declarations have actually been certified over the same period.

Chevon Campbell tells us more.

The Integrity Commission has been in operation since April 1, 2018.

Up to March 31, 2024, one-hundred-and-sixty-five-thousand-four-hundred-and-ninety-two statutory declarations have been received.

Of that number, only two-thousand-two-hundred-and-eighty-eight have been examined.

That’s just shy of one-point-four-percent of total declarations received by the Commission.

However, a little under eighty-percent have actually been certified, at one-thousand-seven-hundred-and-eighty-one.

Six-hundred-and-ninety-three remain works in progress.

Members of Parliament have submitted four-hundred-and-sixteen such declarations over the six year period.

Only two-hundred-and-seventy-eight have been examined with one-hundred-and-sixty-eight certified.

Thirty-five are still being examined.

Members of the Senate submitted one-hundred-and-thirty-three. Only sixty-three have been certified over the period.

The bulk of declarations are made up of other public officials at over one-hundred-and-sixty-two-thousand.

One-thousand seven-hundred-and-six have been examined with one-thousand-four-hundred-and-fourteen being certified.

The Integrity Commission is not only aware of the scale of the problem but has actively petitioned lawmakers to fix it.

In January this year, after the passage of an affirmative resolution by the House of Representatives, the prescribed threshold for filing statutory declarations was increased from three-and-a-half-million dollars to 12-million dollars.

This means the Commission will now have to process only the declarations of 10-thousand public officials, down from 40-thousand under the previous dispensation.

Ultimately, the Commission has called for an adjustment in the law where the declarations of specific officials are processed regardless of salary scale.