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Senator Golding urges gov't to revisit recommendation to set up INDECOM oversight board

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 9:16 PM
Opposition Spokesman on Justice, Senator Mark Golding says the structure that exists in INDECOM lacks effective accountability.

The Opposition Spokesman on Justice, Senator Mark Golding, is urging the Government to revisit a key recommendation by a joint select committee of Parliament to set up an administrative board to provide oversight for the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

Senator Golding says the structure that exists in INDECOM lacks effective accountability.

He says INDECOM concentrates significant power in the hands of the Commissioner.

 

Opposition Spokesman on Justice, Senator Mark Golding

The opposition spokesman Golding along with his colleague, Peter Bunting, the opposition spokesman on national security, were responding yesterday to alleged claims that some members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force have become reluctant to carry out their duties for fear of being prosecuted by INDECOM.

According to Senator Golding, the oversight model has been built into the Integrity Commission's legislation, which seeks to establish a single anti corruption body as a commission of Parliament.

At the same time, Bunting called for the Andrew Holness administration to debate in Parliament a report of a joint select committee which reviewed the INDECOM Act.