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Anti-corruption measures proposed by political parties come under microscope

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 2:05 AM
Former contractor general, Greg Christie, who advocates for stronger anti-corruption measures, has criticised the PNP for proposing nothing new to address the systemic corruption in Jamaica in its manifesto.

Former contractor general, Greg Christie, says anti-corruption measures proposed by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) are more expansive and definitive than those of the People's National Party (PNP).

Christie, who advocates for stronger anti-corruption measures, has criticised the PNP for proposing nothing new to address the systemic corruption in Jamaica in its manifesto.

The JLP launched its manifesto yesterday. 

SEE: JLP Manifesto

SEE: PNP Manifesto

Writing on Twitter, Christie said the the JLP in its manifesto has acknowledged that corruption impedes economic growth and undermines the rule of law.

The former contractor general says the Opposition JLP should be commended for its proposals although, more details are needed.

He argues that the JLP has gone further than previous proposals in articulating how it will address governance, accountability, corruption and integrity issues.

The JLP has proposed a raft of anti-corruption measures including a promise to begin legislative work for the impeachment of public officials in Parliament.

The party has also committed to revising the current bill before Parliament aimed at advancing the creation of a single anti-corruption agency.

Christie, who proposed the idea six years ago, has said the current bill is weak as it does not include any minimum penalties for breaches.