Executive Director of the Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal, JAMP, Jeanette Calder, says Marisa Dalrymple Philibert should withdraw from her role as Speaker of the House.
This follows a report from the Integrity Commission which recommends charges against Mrs. Dalrymple-Philibert for making false declarations to the Commission about her ownership of a Mercedes Benz motorcar.
The House Speaker is facing eight charges.
Tauna Thomas reports:
Ms Calder says Mrs. Dalrymple-Philibert should recuse herself from presiding over parliamentary proceedings.
Ms. Calder says she was surprised that the House Speaker was presiding over the sitting on Tuesday.
She says its difficult to reconcile Mrs. Dalrymple Philibert’s reasoning that she simply forgot about the vehicle.
Mrs. Dalrymple-Philibert says she did not knowingly omit the motor vehicle from her statutory declarations.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mrs. Dalrymple-Philibert said, as is required by law, she has always filed her statutory declarations in a timely and transparent manner.
She said she genuinely forgot to add the vehicle to her declarations.
Tauna Thomas for Nationwide News.