Integrity Commission calls for declaration of finances

By Benjamin Flowers
Staff Reporter

The Integrity Commission has called for all Persons in Public Life to declare their assets and liabilities under the Prevention of Corruption in Public Life, Act 21 of 2007.

The Commission issued a notice on September 20, calling on all persons in public life to declare their assets for the year ending December 31, 2016. The Commission noted that in accordance with Section 10 (2) of the Act, it gave all persons who had failed to file their assets time to explain in writing why those assets were not declared.

The Commission also published the list of names of persons who had failed to declare their finances in the Gazette on July 15. The list, which had almost 70 names, included 10 former members of the National Assembly and two members of municipal government in Belize City.

“Pursuant to Section 10 and 14 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, the Commission submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution a list of those persons in public life who failed, without reasonable cause, to file a declaration with the office,” the Committee said.

Political third party, the Belize Progressive Party, has accused both the United Democratic Party and the People’s United Party of deliberately avoiding making their declarations. The party also noted that neither party has dedicated their efforts to ensuring that the fines prescribed by law for failure to declare assets are applied to offenders.

“The unprecedented levels of corruption that is both facilitated and enjoyed by the UDP and PUP elites, their intentional ignoring of their individual and collective responsibilities under POCA, is testimony to their lack of commitment toward placing, first and foremost, that which is in the best interest of Belize,” the BPP said.

The Integrity Commission was officially established in January, with all members serving a two-year appointment.

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