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All MPs and Senators should disclose financial record - NIA

Published:Tuesday | June 6, 2017 | 6:00 AM

Anti-corruption lobby group National Integrity Action says all Members of Parliament and Senators should release their financial records.

NIA Executive Director Professor Trevor Munroe made the call against the background of the disclosure by Member of Parliament for East Kingston and Port Royal, Phillip Paulwell.

Professor Munroe says  the move by Paulwell is a positive development, noting that it follows similar public disclosures by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Member of Parliament Julian Robinson

He says these disclosures are in keeping with best practices as it regards transparency and good governance.

As such, the lobby group head says other members of the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament should follow suit and also publicly disclosure their financial records.

 

Executive Director of NIA, Prefessor Trevor Munroe

Meanwhile, Professor Munroe is calling for the Senate to debate and pass the stalled Integrity Commission Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives in January.

The amended law requires the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to publicly disclose their statutory declarations, among other things.

NIA head is calling to the Office of the Prime Minister to release the annual reports of the Integrity Commission and have them tabled in Parliament.

All government employees are required by law to file annual returns with the Commission.