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Legislation on accountability will be worked on closer to elections- Hon Fahie

Leader of the Opposition, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) believes promised legislation on accountability and transparency will not be worked on until closer to the end of the National Democratic Party (NDP) term in office. Photo: VINO/File
The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, continues to not honour their promise of 'Government in the sunshine'. Photo: VINO/File
The National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, continues to not honour their promise of 'Government in the sunshine'. Photo: VINO/File
Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) was a guest of Fresh Radio Vybz show hosted by Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ show on CBN 90.9 FM on March 2, 2018. Photo: Facebook
Leader of the Opposition and Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) was a guest of Fresh Radio Vybz show hosted by Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ show on CBN 90.9 FM on March 2, 2018. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Members of the opposition and residents alike have been calling for the National Democratic Party (NDP) government to be transparent and accountable, not only with the territory’s finances but in everything. In the Speech from the Throne, read in the First Sitting of the Third session of the Third House of Assembly on March 1, 2018, legislation to do just that were listed in the plans for the session.

However, while much of the territory might be happy that the legislation were promised, Leader of the Opposition, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) believes that we will not see those legislation being worked on until closer to the end of the NDP's term in office.

The territory’s next election is slated for 2019.

“My hunch is those things such as the Freedom of Information Act and the Ethics Legislation for Ministers, most likely those kind of things that are going to bring accountability, I don’t see the government working on them till coming to close to the end of their term,” he stated.

Hon Fahie was at the time a guest on the Fresh Radio Vybz show hosted by Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ which was aired on CBN 90.9 FM on March 2, 2018 and added that the list of legislation is “quite an ambitious one” and includes many that he has been lobbying for for years. “So we have to see what they are going to work on.”

Lead by example?

Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka 'Gus', in reading the speech stated “Madame Speaker, our Government will lead by example and put in place a Code of Conduct which will govern the operations of Ministers of Government. The Code will identify a set of standards that Ministers are expected to follow in the context of protecting the integrity of their public office.”

The Speech also identified the review of the Register of Interests Act, the Complaints Commission Act and all other legislation regarding upholding integrity in public office and explained that it is “to ensure the Territory has the right set of good governance standards.”

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, which will see the public access to information that the government has been keeping secret for years, has once again made the agenda for legislations to be tabled or reviewed.

In the 2018 reading of the Speech from the Throne referring to the FOI it states, “The Bill will include the guidelines for how people can access public records and it will outline the exempted categories. This piece of legislation will allow for increased transparency and accountability of public affairs. The Bill includes recommendation for the establishment of a Freedom of Information Unit to provide the public with the appropriate administrative mechanism to make and receive requests.”

In 2016 the said bill was also on the agenda for review, which is why many will not be holding their breath for the bill to be passed any time soon.

8 Responses to “Legislation on accountability will be worked on closer to elections- Hon Fahie”

  • wize up (05/03/2018, 09:11) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Fahie for Premier or what
  • Unfortunately (05/03/2018, 09:23) Like (4) Dislike (11) Reply
    ANDREW A FAHIE is not the answer to our problems here in the BVI
    • @unfortunately (05/03/2018, 12:02) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
      Neither you buddy! You are the problem!! Please stop selling out this country for white envelopes.
  • Unforgiving (05/03/2018, 11:02) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply

    All you just rebuild the country and get on with it. All you ain’t no legislature to pass anything. Please do not pass nothing else in the house of assembly. Just get the hell out. People are tired of bad governance.

  • 123 (05/03/2018, 11:16) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    fahie you talking good
  • Boo (05/03/2018, 18:48) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope these blind people do not go back and vote in the NDP if so we doom
  • WISE (27/03/2018, 23:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You never talk and don't act VIP is far worst than.ndp all dip in the piggy bank put our country above self and then we would have unity and respect for the premier and our self stop disrespecting the man ok


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