Parliamentarians are raising concerns about what they say is the invasive nature of the declaration forms being issued by the Integrity Commission to public officials in the country.
The concerns were raised at today’s sitting of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee reviewing the Integrity Commission Act.
The parliamentarians say the forms are so burdensome, some civil servants are prepared to resign their jobs rather than comply.
Nora Gaye Banton has more in this report:
The members of the Commission appeared before the Parliamentary committee to support their recommendations requiring much more information from parliamentarians, senior civil servants, their spouses and children.
Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, led the charge against the recommendations.
Minister Chuck says some civil servants are prepared to walk away from the public sector rather than comply with the proposed forms.
Among some of the requirements being proposed by the Integrity Commission are declarations of assets owned by the children and spouses of public officials.
This includes adult children.
This is intended to allow the Commission to assess the co-mingling of assets of public officials.
The Integrity Commission also wants to know the nature of contacts civil servants have with what’s described as politically exposed persons.
The Justice Minister warned that the recommendations would have a hard time getting support of legislators.
Member of Parliament for South East St. Andrew, the PNP’s Julian Robinson, agreed with Minister Chuck.
He says the recommended form will place a significant burden on public servants.
Executive Director of the Integrity Commission, Greg Christie, says the declaration form is standard to meet the country’s international obligation for corruption.
The Oversight Committee is to deliberate further on the recommendations in the new year.