Integrity Commission Reports Increase In Compliance

A recent report from the Integrity Commission shows a marked increase in compliance by persons in public office who have declared their assets for the period 2010 to 2011. The third annual report of the Commission was tabled in Parliament by Minister for Legal Affairs, Hon Ian Douglas, on Thursday, February 16, 2012.

According to the report, of the one hundred and fifty-nine (159) people in public life listed for the year, one hundred and fifty-two (152) have filed financial declarations with the Commission by March 31, 2011… a compliance rate of ninety-six percent (96%). This represents a significant improvement over last year’s performance of sixty-six percent (66%).

A statement released by the Integrity Commission indicated that in its current form, the Integrity in Public Office Act poses some challenges to effective administration, and so the Commission has recommended a number of amendments to Government. A recommendation has also been made for restructuring the organization for the prompt and efficient discharge of its functions under the Act.

Chairman of the Commission, Julian Johnson noted that despite criticisms leveled at the organization, the deficiencies of the Act and staffing issues, the Integrity Commission compares favorably with the best Integrity institutions in the Commonwealth Caribbean.