Basseterre, St. Kitts (WINN) – The Integrity in Public Life Commission is fully functional and properly funded, according to Attorney General Mr. Vincent Byron
Mr. Byron responded to a question about the work of the Integrity Commission at the recent press conference organized by the Prime Minister, that features members of the Federal Cabinet.
“The Integrity in Public Life Commission has been fully operational and is fully funded by a subvention from the ministry of finance, ” Mr. Byron stated while naming the members of the Commission and the location of its office at the Delisle Walwyn Building on Liverpool Row.
Integrity in Public Life legislation, and enactment, aim to establish a code of conduct and declaration of assets for public officials and to prevent abuse of office, misconduct, and neglect of duty.
Public officials are expected to sign a copy of the Code of Conduct.
The Integrity Commission is expected to store a copy signed by every public servant
Public officials are expected to, within a time to be prescribed by Order, to complete and file a declaration with the Commission of his or her income, assets, liabilities, and private interests.
Each succeeding year they are expected to file further declarations with the Commission.
The Attorney General said further meetings were planned to discuss the Integrity Legislation with public servants before its enacted.
“… there has been a meeting with the members of the civil service last year, there is every intention that there be a follow-up meeting with members of the public service, and all those who will be required to submit a declaration of their assets to the commission once a date has been set for that to happen, ” he said.
“So, the Commission is in place, it’s fully operational and there is now the need to establish a date for declarations to be submitted to the commission, ” Mr. Byron declared.
The Federation’s attempts to introduce Integrity in Public Life legislation date back to 2013.
After a change in government in 2015, an Integrity in Public Life Commission was established in 2018.
The chairman of that Commission, Mr. Damian Kelsick resigned in May 2019.
A month later, in June 2019, Retired Judge Pearletta Lanns was appointed chairman.
The other Commissioners are Consultant Mr. Freddie Knight and Certified Accountant Ms. Carol Boddie.