Minister Delroy Chuck presented the Integrity Commission Bill, 2016 in the House of Representatives last Tuesday (October 25). The Bill is aimed at promoting and enhancing standards of ethical conduct for parliamentarians, public officials and other persons by consolidating laws relating to the prevention of corruption and the award, monitoring and investigating of government contracts and prescribed licences.
The Integrity Commission Bill is also aimed at providing for the establishment of a single body to be known as the Integrity Commission to promote and strengthen the measures for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of acts of corruption; and to provide for other related matters.
The Integrity Commission will be established as a Commission of Parliament and will have a specific mandate to receive complaints relating to alleged acts of corruption and to conduct the necessary investigation and prosecution accordingly.
The Commission will assume the functions and powers of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption, the Integrity Commission and the Office of the Contractor General. The effect of the merger of these entities is that one mechanism for compliance is created for both parliamentarians and public officials at the very least.