Parliamentary committee seeks public's views on lobby groups' funding
The public is being requested to give views on whether civil society groups should be made to disclose their sources of funding.
The invitation was extended through a newspaper advertisement today by the Internal and External Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives.
The ad invites members of the public to give their views and comments on the motion which is currently before the committee. Written submissions are to be made to the Clerk of the Houses by July 27.
Persons making submissions may be required to appear before the committee at short notice to explain their views.
The motion, among other things, calls on the House to debate the need for legislation that would require civil society groups, special interest groups and lobby groups to disclose their sources of income.
Member of Parliament for North East St Elizabeth Raymond Pryce, who moved the motion, has said it is necessary to protect Jamaica’s democracy from any compromise which could be caused by unknown or tainted sources of funds or hidden agendas.
He has argued that civil society groups, which are able to influence the formation of public opinion, can be hijacked or otherwise compromised by those who wish to use such bodies to advance their political or partisan agendas.
Members of the public can view the motion in its entirety on the parliament’s website.