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Inside the manifestos: JLP wants mandatory disclosure for PM, others

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 2:41 PM
JLP Leader Andrew Holness (left) and former leader and former Prime Minister Edward Seaga listen to JLP Deputy Leader Desmond McKenzie.

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has pledged to introduce measures to improve transparency and tackle corruption if it becomes the next government.

In its 56-page manifesto launched today, the JLP said it will make it mandatory for the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader and the Finance Minister to disclosure their integrity reports.

It also said it will make it mandatory for appointees to sensitive posts to be approved by a two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

These appointees are:

• Chief Justice
• President of the Court of Appeal
• Director of Public Prosecutions
• Public Defender
• Contractor General
• Judicial Services Commission members
• Police Service Commission members
• Public Services Commission members
• Governor of the Bank of Jamaica

Turning to corruption, the JLP said it will be strengthening corruption-prevention authorities.

"Corruption impedes economic growth, undermines the rule of law, and tears down the fabric of society," the party notes.

It has promised swift and appropriate sanctions for breaches of the laws relating to public service and governance, particularly as they relate to the Corruption Prevention Act, the Financial Administration and Audit Act, the Public Bodies Management & Accountability Act, Contractor General Act and the Procurement Rules and Guidelines.

At the same time, the JLP says it will make provisions for the reports from the Auditor General, the Contractor general, the Public Defender and the Corruption Prevention Commission to be debated within 30 days of being submitted to the Parliament.

The JLP also said it will provide special resources for the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee and Public Accounts Committee, so that they are more effective in their roles.