National Integrity Action reacts to PNP's decision on Haughton
The Executive Director of the watchdog group National Integrity Action (NIA) Professor Trevor Munroe says he's puzzled about why embattled former Mayor of Lucea Shernette Haughton was not suspended by the governing People’s National Party (PNP).
Still Professor Munroe is commending the PNP’s decision to bar Haughton from representing the Party in the next Local Government elections.
He says the action taken against the former Lucea Mayor should serve as a template for dealing with other councillors facing similar allegations.
Haughton has been under a cloud since a report by the Office of the Contractor General raised allegations of nepotism and corruption in the award of several contracts by the Hanover Parish Council during her tenure as Mayor.
After weeks of speculation, the PNP announced yesterday that the decision to ban Haughton from contesting the next election was taken by its executive committee and ratified by the National Executive Council on Sunday.
The party says that decision follows its analysis of the OCG’s report, which it says raises issues of moral principles and ethical conduct.
However, speaking to The Gleaner-Power106 News Centre last evening, Professor Munroe questioned the length of time it took for the PNP to take action against Haughton.
While acknowledging that the PNP does not have the power to remove her as Councillor for the Green Island Division of the Hanover Parish Council, Munroe says he expected that the Party would have encouraged her to step down.