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Anti-corruption group joins calls for MPs to release financial records

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 6:11 AM

Anti-corruption group, National Integrity Action, has joined growing calls for members of Parliament to voluntarily release their financial records. 

Head of the group, Professor Trevor Munroe issued the call in a statement commending South East St Andrew MP Julian Robinson for publicly releasing his financial records. 

Professor Munroe said the declaration was an important step towards enhancing transparency and accountability in Jamaica's governance arrangements. 

The anti-corruption campaigner says Robinson's move should be followed by the other 62 MPs, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness who broke his self-imposed promise to release his financial and health records by March 31. 

 

He argues that confidence in parliamentarians and other public officials has been falling and the voluntary disclosures could help until the laws are amended to make it mandatory for the public declarations.

Robinson released his financial records following questions about the planned purchase of a multimillion-dollar house. 

Similar questions were raised about Holness' house during the lead up to the February 25 General Elections. 

In a media interview last week, he said he could release his records in two weeks.