Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, is expected to table the Parliamentary Integrity Commission’s annual report for 2009 and the attendant financial statements for 2008/2009, in the House of Representatives, shortly.
This was disclosed by Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications, and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, at the Post Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (January 19).
Mr. Vaz told journalists that the Prime Minister had provided Cabinet with the report and audited financial statements which, he said, highlighted, inter alia, low compliance among a number of Parliamentarians in submitting their statutory declarations by the stipulated deadline.
He said that the Commission completed the examination of 127 declarations during the period, from which 62 queries were issued. The monthly reports, which the Commission made to Parliament, revealed that 20 Parliamentarians failed to make declarations within the specified timeframe, or submit attendant financial statements.
Three Parliamentarians and one former Parliamentarian were summoned before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court for failure to furnish required statutory declarations. However, the matter was subsequently withdrawn, after apologies were tendered. Two others pleaded guilty and were admonished and discharged on July 30, 2009, Mr. Vaz said.
CONTACT: DOUGLAS McINTOSH