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BVI – Civil Service Association calls for ROI Act to be ‘shelved’

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(BVI News) – The Virgin Islands Civil Service Association (VICSA) has issued a press release calling for the Register of Interest Act (2022) to be shelved until the wider public has been consulted on the Act and has their views heard and reflected in a redrafted Act.  

The Register of Interest Act (2022) was read for the first time in the House of Assembly on June 30, 2022. According to the Order Paper for the meeting, it was the government’s intention to fast-track the legislation and have it passed in one single sitting. 

VICSA noted if it was not for the strenuous objection by some members of the House, the aim would have been achieved. 

“Prior to the bill being introduced on 30 June 2022, the public service, a body with a membership of more than 2,500, was not informed or consulted on its provisions. As drafted, the Act, if passed, will influence the private lives of public servants who will be required to disclose for placement in a public register the financial interests of themselves, their spouses, partners, and close friends at the same level as the elected official,” the Association noted.  

“While we accept that the constitutional right to privacy is not absolute, it is our view that the Act is an unnecessary encroachment on the constitutional right to privacy of public officers and is not reasonably necessary in a democratic society,” it added.  

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