Time now for systematic overhaul of procurement guidelines - Martin Henry
Public affairs commentator, Martin Henry, says the authorities should use the situation involving the Hanover Parish Council, to engage in a systematic overhaul of Jamaica's procurement guidelines.
He says some weaknesses involve agents of the State being too soft on offenders where breaches of the procurement guidelines are discovered.
Following her decision in relation to the Hanover Parish Council, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn made several recommendations for changes to the procurement system.
She also called for a review of the penalty for breaches of the Public Sector Procurement Regulations.
Currently offenders face a maximum fine of $1,000 or a maximum three months in jail.
Llewellyn wants a review of the 2008 Public Sector Regulations with a view to removing some of the legislative restrictions which prevent the prosecution of public officials who violate the regulations.
The DPP is also calling for reforms in the award of contracts at the parish council to get rid of loopholes which she says encourages and fortifies unethical behaviour.