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Register of Interests Act to be amended to assist CoI

- as Government maintains it welcomes ‘transparent & accountable’ CoI
Reiterating that it welcomes a transparent and accountable Commission of Inquiry (CoI) in the Virgin Islands (VI) that will allow for a ‘just outcome’, the Government of the VI has announced it will be making an amendment to the Register of Interest Act, 2006 at the next sitting of the House of Assembly to allow information to be shared with the CoI. Photo: GIS/File
On January 19, 2021 the former controversial Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert, appointed Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom (in photo) to hold a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into whether corruption, abuse of office or other serious dishonesty in relation to officials, whether statutory, elected or public, '… may have taken place in recent years.' Photo: VINO/File
On January 19, 2021 the former controversial Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert, appointed Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom (in photo) to hold a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into whether corruption, abuse of office or other serious dishonesty in relation to officials, whether statutory, elected or public, '… may have taken place in recent years.' Photo: VINO/File
In a statement on March 2, 2021, Government said in keeping its promise to the people of the Virgin Islands that it would cooperate with a transparent and accountable CoI, it would during the Sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) on March 4, 2021, seek to amend Section 9 of the Register of Interests Act, 2006 to remove any barriers that could prevent Members from sharing information held by the Registrar of Interests. Photo: VINO/File
In a statement on March 2, 2021, Government said in keeping its promise to the people of the Virgin Islands that it would cooperate with a transparent and accountable CoI, it would during the Sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) on March 4, 2021, seek to amend Section 9 of the Register of Interests Act, 2006 to remove any barriers that could prevent Members from sharing information held by the Registrar of Interests. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Reiterating that it welcomes a transparent and accountable Commission of Inquiry (CoI) in the Virgin Islands (VI) that will allow for a ‘just outcome’, the Government of the VI has announced it will be making an amendment to the Register of Interest Act, 2006 to allow information to be shared with the CoI.

On January 19, 2021 the former controversial Governor, Augustus J. U. Jaspert, appointed Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom to hold a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into whether corruption, abuse of office or other serious dishonesty in relation to officials, whether statutory, elected or public, “… may have taken place in recent years.”

Amendment

In a statement on March 2, 2021, Government said in keeping its promise to the people of the Virgin Islands that it would cooperate with a transparent and accountable CoI, it would during the Sitting of the House of Assembly (HoA) on March 4, 2021, seek to amend Section 9 of the Register of Interests Act, 2006 to remove any barriers that could prevent Members from sharing information held by the Registrar of Interests.

It said this course of action will assist the COI to ascertain such information without any legal impediments.

“We will be seeking to amend the Register of Interests Act by inserting an additional circumstance in which the Register of Interests may be open for inspection, namely at the written request of a Commissioner of Inquiry.”

The amendment, according to Government, would further permit the Registrar of Interests to provide the Commissioner of the COI with a copy of pages from the Register of Interests.

Amendment ‘essential’

“It is important to note that amending the Register of Interests Act is something your Government sees as essential because we believe in the spirit of cooperation and transparency at all levels. As a responsible Government, we see the need for this amendment to the Register of Interests Act.”

The Government of the Virgin Islands further said it believes that it is important to cooperate and engage the Commission consistent with its stated policy of transparency.

“The Government will continue to do its part to foster a transparent Commission of Inquiry to allow for a just outcome,” the statement concluded.

7 Responses to “Register of Interests Act to be amended to assist CoI”

  • history teacher (03/03/2021, 13:57) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    The vip selling out please listen to misiket and not the Uk lawyers
  • Phil (03/03/2021, 18:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why amendment at this time? Hope more is added and nothing taken out.
  • josiah'sbay (03/03/2021, 19:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is regrettably a bad move by Government, Laws on the books have to be scrutinized and studied before abolishing or amending them. To amend a law to accommodate a whim of COI is risky and setting a bad precedent. It's so difficult to create laws and have them accented too and then to turn around and willingly alter it's intent and purpose to satisfy a kangaroo COI is shameful. Any powers given to an OT by it's colonizer should never be amended or change without serious thought.
  • Rubber Duck (03/03/2021, 21:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this register of interest public? It should be.
  • Commisioner (04/03/2021, 03:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why amendment only being made to share Register of interests with COI and not the BVI public?
  • ccc (04/03/2021, 06:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Foy this is a bad move just to satisfy this bogus coi you will come to regret this move
  • check it out (04/03/2021, 11:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this sound to me as if government done rearrange their documents to fool the COL.


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