The Integrity Commission says it is nearing completion of the process to certify the statutory declarations of Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The statement is contained in the Commission’s 2023–24 annual report tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The indication is the clearest yet from the anti-corruption watchdog that it’s nearing the point where it can make a definitive statement on the financial filings of the Prime Minister.

Ricardo Brooks has been going through the Integrity Commission’s report.


It’s been nearly three years since the Integrity Commission last certified statutory declarations from Jamaica’s Prime Minister.

During that time, much of the public debate surrounding Holness’ statutory declarations has been shrouded in innuendo, speculation, and in some instances, outright lies.

The Opposition PNP has been hammering Holness over the matter.

On Tuesday, the only body in the country empowered to make a definitive comment on the matter broke its silence.

Well, partially.

The Integrity Commission in its annual report says its processes are nearing completion with respect to the Prime Minister’s declarations.

Importantly, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is not the only legislator whose statutory declarations have not been certified. 

The Commission revealed that 35 of the declarations filed by the 63 Members of Parliament are work-in-progress examinations. 32 declarations of Senators bear a similar designation.

These declarations are for the 6-year period beginning April 2018 and ending March 2024.

The Commission’s chairman, Retired Justice Seymour Panton, says while much has been said and written about the non-certification of Holness’ declarations, the public must be reminded that the Director of Information and Complaints must make such enquiries as considered necessary to determine the accuracy of the declarations filed.

It would appear that the process of determining the accuracy of the filings may be causing some of the delay.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness told our news centre on Monday that he had written to the Commission more than once regarding his declarations.

[CutID: PM HOLNESS ON IC DECLARTIONS JULY 8, 2024.mp3
Time: 52s
Title: PM HOLNESS ON IC DECLARTIONS JULY 8, 2024
Out-cue: ]

Mr. Holness has acknowledged that he has been losing political capital over the non-certification of his declarations.

But he says though the prolonged process of non-certification may seem unfair to him, he will not complain.

[CutID: PM HOLNESS MORE IC DECLARATIONS JULY 8, 2024.mp3
Time: 29s
Title: PM HOLNESS MORE IC DECLARATIONS JULY 8, 2024
Out-cue: ]

Whether the Commission’s brief statement on the state of Holness’ declarations will quell public debate is to be seen.