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PNP councillor accused of nepotism to appear before party integrity commission

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2015 | 2:19 PM

The People’s National Party (PNP) says its embattled councillor in the Hanover Parish Council, Shernette Haughton, will be summoned before the party’s  Integrity Commission over a report from the Office of the Contractor General (OCG).

In its report, the OCG cited instances of nepotism, favouritism, and conflicts of interest in the recommendation for the award of government contracts to relatives and persons affiliated with Haughton while she was mayor of Lucea.

Since the report was tabled last week, there have been growing calls for her to resign as councillor and the PNP take action against her.

In a statement this morning, the PNP said its executive yesterday considered the OCG's report and accepted that moral and ethical issues were central to the findings.

It says a special meeting of the party’s Integrity Commission is to be convened and Haughton will be asked to appear with her attorney and answer questions.

And it says the commission is to provide a report by April 20.

The PNP says that report is expected to help determine the specific disciplinary action that may be required.

It says this includes a determination on whether Haughton will be deemed eligible to ever contest any election for the PNP. 

Yesterday, Haughton’s lawyer, Delford Morgan, rejected claims in the OCG report. 

Haughton, who is councillor for the Green Island division, stepped down as mayor last August amid pressure from her councillors and the leadership of the party.