Saint Lucia public officials face fine, imprisonment for not declaring assets and income

By MERRICK ANDREWS, St. Lucia News Online staff reporter/editor

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Saint Lucia’s Office of the Integrity Commission has reminded public officials that they are required to declare their assets, income and liabilities to the Commission or face a fine or imprisonment if they fail to do so.

In a press release on Tuesday, the Commission released a statement reminding public officials who have not filed their declarations by Dec. 31, 2018 to do so “immediately’.

The Commission has extended the deadline for filing “before May 31, 2019,” the release said.

“The Office of the Integrity Commission remind persons’ in public life that according to section 12(1) of the Integrity in Public Life Cap. 1.19 of the Revised Edition of the Laws of Saint Lucia, the Integrity Commission finds it necessary to remind all officials who have not filed declarations for the year ended December 31st 2018, to do so immediately,” the release said.

“The Act requires that each person in public life file with the Integrity Commission, a declaration of income, assets and liabilities for the year ending December 31st of each year. ‘Financial year’ means any period of 12 months beginning on 1 January in any year,” the released added.

When a public official fails to file a declaration, “the Commission shall publish the fact in the Gazette and send a report of the Director of Public Prosecution for further action,” the Commission said, quoting the legislation.

Delinquents face fines of up to $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five  years or both for offences, the Commission said

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5 comments

  1. Prior to this government taking per the commission was dead even the pastor said he had not received any declarations from members of the past go ernment for 5yrs
    But now all of a sudden he wants from all, I smell a CDC rat.
    There's one from south who brags about being fortunate to owning three properties but when questioned about it it suddenly becomes his mom or someone else.

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  2. Check out the former ambassador to London - with the Jufalli citizenship affair.

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  3. Puhlease. Who in the Royal St. Lucia Police Farce or the judiciary will take the chance to arrest those crooks.

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    • We are missing the point here. Politicians pass useless laws (laws with no teeth) just to appease stupid people or to arm themselves with a reason to say "at least i did something" but thats even more dangerous than doing nothing. It can be used to deceive the public and can also be used selectively against a political opponents with the aid of willing party affiliated justice officials.

      Dr. Anthony did many things that fall within this category, e.g. our so-called for lane highway, the Anti-Gang legislation, St. Jude hospital etc. This mistake of a highways kills people regularly and the reason is not entirely their fault sometimes. Narrow lanes, no sidewalks in some area and the difficulties faced by police/emergency vehicles to effect their work are all examples why this should have been a properly thought out plan and not just a "at least i gave them a 4 lane."

      St. Lucians must start rejecting those superficial "con jobs" and look at the real benefits to projects touted by these politicians. This is the reason there is so much ineptitude and nepotism in St. Lucia where supporters get contracts to do "something" where only the contractor benefits. Screw the people. I must also hasten to add that St. Lucians themselves, most are greedy and self centered since they elect politicians on the sole basis of personal gain rather than what they can do for the country.

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      • good point! Perhaps any big project what cost taxpayers xyz millions people should be voting to go ahead or not.

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