Founding Director of National Integrity Action, NIA, Professor Trevor Munroe, says there’s a need for the country’s two main political parties to better address corruption, in the interest of restoring trust in the nation’s democratic institutions.
His comment follows the findings of the Nationwide/Bluedot Polls powered by Total Tools.
It found that a significant number of Jamaicans believe the government is extremely corrupt.
Tauna Thomas reports.
Jamaicans were asked, on a scale of zero to ten, where zero is “Not at all Corrupt” and ten means “Extremely Corrupt”, how corrupt do you think the current government is?
The greatest number of those surveyed responded that the government was extremely corrupt.
That figure stood at 31.53 per cent.
Professor Munroe says the government must be concerned about the damage this has on confidence reposed by the electorate in the political system.
Public commentator, Germaine Barrett agrees.
But he argues that the issue of corruption has not had that much of an influence on the decision voters ultimately make at the ballot box.
Professor Munroe says some members of the public may not yet fully grasp the link between corruption in government and the so-called bread and butter issues.