PNP releases draft code of conduct for councillors
With heightened public concern over corruption at the parish council level, the People's National Party (PNP) has released a code of conduct which it says must be adhered to by all its members elected at the local government level.
The PNP says the 13-page code of conduct was developed in collaboration with the National Caucus of PNP Councillors and was approved by the Party's National Executive Council.
The party's general secretary Paul Burke says local government representatives can now be expelled from the party if they breach the code.
When asked why the code of conduct does not state specific sanctions that will be taken against councillors for breaches like nepotism, Burke said the party is still discussing what those should be.
He says the code of conduct is a work in progress.
Burke says the PNP will also consult members of the public for suggestions on how to improve the code of conduct.
The PNP currently controls all 12 parish councils, the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation and the Portmore Municipal Council.
Earlier this year, the issue of corruption among PNP councillors was raised after the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency carried out raids at four PNP-controlled councils across the island.
One of the raids led to the uncovering of a $95 million fraud at the Manchester Parish council.