The Opposition has signaled its intent to bring private criminal charges against delinquent parliamentarians of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) and the Coalition Government partner, A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), who have failed to submit statements of their assets and income.
A statement from the Office of the Opposition, yesterday stated that Opposition Parliamentarian, Juan Edghill, acting in his capacity as a private citizen, has requested information, as allowed under provisions of the Access to Information Act of 2011.
“The intentions expressed by Opposition Leader, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, to advance private criminal action against People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Parliamentarians who breached the provisions of the Integrity Commission Act, is being acted on,” the statement explained.
PNC/R is a critical component of the APNU which together with the Alliance For Change has formed the Coalition Government.
“Information has been sought from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency, Ms. Abeena Moore, via a letter, dated June 21, 2017, about the delinquent PNC/R and APNU Parliamentarians.”
According to the released letter to Moore, Edghill requested the names of the PNC/R parliamentarians of the 8th and 9th Parliament who failed to submit to the Integrity Commission of Guyana the statutorily required submissions.
These include Schedule III declaration forms disclosing their income, assets and liabilities of parliamentarians and immediate family for the years 2001-2006 and 2006-2011.
Edghill is also seeking the names of the APNU parliamentarians in the 10th Parliament, under former President Donald Ramotar who failed to make their submissions too.
“The above requested information is intended to be used in the pursuit of private criminal charges against identified delinquents in accordance with section 22 of Integrity Commission Acts 1997.”
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