by Clive Bacchus
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Integrity in Public Life Commission (IPL), on St. Kitts has written to Attorney General Vincent Byron seeking an update on the supporting regulations.
At the moment the requisite regulations for compliance with integrity rules have not been enacted by the Federal government.
“… a note received on November 25, 2020 … the initial document to highlight the areas that the Integrity Commission considers need supporting regulations, more clarity, or amendments. The document is forwarded as a precursor to believe further discussions on the regulations. The commission avails itself to meeting with you and other counsel to determine what are the appropriate regulations. We, therefore, await your indication of a proposed time, date, and venue for this discussion,” Mr. Byron told parliament Monday (December 21) during the budget debate.
The Commission is charged with monitoring and ensuring that civil servants comply with an established code of conduct and file submissions on their assets and financial transaction in the prescribed format.
The Integrity in Public Life Bill was passed seven years ago (September 2013) and established rules and guidelines to prevent the abuse of public office.
The Commission on St Kitts was established in November 2018.
It is now headed by retired Jude Pearletta Lanns. Commissioner Dennis Knight is nominated by the government and Commissioner Carol Boddie by the Opposition.
Attorney General Byron, during the budget debate in parliament, said the requirements were new to people who live in a country where they do not file income tax returns.
” It has been forty years since we in the Federation would have had to submit a declaration of assets and liabilities, similar to statements submitted for income tax purposes… we will be doing so in a proper manner and in short order, ” Mr. Byron declared.
The Island of Nevis has its own Integrity in Public Life Commission and has pressed ahead with the deadline for filing submissions.
In September 2019, members of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) filed declarations of assets 10 days ahead of the September 30 deadline set by that Commission.
The Nevis Island Assembly appointed its Integrity in Public Life Commission in June 2018. It began operations in June 2019.
The Chairman of the Nevis Integrity in Public Life Commission is Mr. Ricaldo Caines.
Commissioner Mr. Alford Tyrell was nominated by the Opposition and Commissioner Mr. Sydney Newtown by the Nevis Island Administration.