Commission preparing for ethics law

| 12/02/2020 | 15 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): The Commission for Standards in Public Life is preparing for the Standards in Public Life Law coming into force, with Regulations to follow shortly afterwards, following Premier Alden McLaughlin’s statement in the Legislative Assembly on 31 January that this would happen in the very near future. Saying that the commission members were “encouraged” by this announcement, SIPL Chair Rosie Whittaker-Myles noted that it has been more than five years since the law was passed and more than three years since its amendment.

She said the commission had input in the draft Regulations and expect that they will be finalised soon. The making of declarations to the commission by ‘persons in public life’, who are defined in the law, is an important feature of the legislation, Whittaker-Myles said, noting that the commission will liaise with the registrar of the Register of Interests for the handing over of records as required under the SIPL law.

According to a release from the commission, the members are currently actively working on the necessary preparatory work to ensure the submissions of declarations under the law for the first time will be seamless.

It is formulating the communications strategy, which will include the issuance of guidance notes to make sure that the relevant individuals are aware of, and adhere to, the law by disclosing any conflicts of interests or perceived conflicts of interests. These efforts are to ensure the maintenance of the ‘highest standards of integrity and competence in public life’.

These communications will be widely circulated and uploaded to the commission’s website, the release said.

For more information on the Standards in Public Life Law the Commission invites the public to visit the SIPL Commission’s website or contact the Commissions Secretariat at 244-3685.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    A watered down version of the law 6 years later is nothing to celebrate
    The original provisions should have been enacted and adjusted as necessary
    Allowing those persons on boards to dictate what laws can be enacted or not after passage is ridiculous, what sort of precedent does this set? Will the government delay by a period of years and water down any laws that board members threaten them over? Last I checked we have one legislative body with the ability to pass or reject laws allowing these boards to usurp power reserved for the legislature is a mistake that will haunt these islands.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It will be interesting to see what happens to the first one who is investigated. You know its gonna happen right?

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is how corruption handles its corruption.

  4. Anonymous says:

    SIPL needs to be rewritten before enactment. It is a GROSS overreach!

  5. Anonymous says:

    A placebo. Nothing more.

  6. Anonymous says:

    You can have all the standards you like but it accounts for nothing in a country where the labor market is distorted, where the churches hold so much power where many of the MLA’s live in the last century, believe and practicing nepotism,and where a sense of entitlement exists. Being a Caymanian is qualification, and why not, its their country.

    • Anonymous says:

      We are not a country Bobo. We are a colony or British Overseas Territory.

    • Anonymous says:

      Technically, the King James code book was issued in 1611, which makes that, best case, 17th Century, and 4 centuries past. Whereas the bias towards books of the Pentateuch, backdate the mindset even further to 1000-900BCE. That’s the anthropological era of enlightenment where many of our Luddites live, work, and play. Literally 3000 years ago.

  7. Anonymous says:

    These standards are already massively diluted, so will not be the highest standards by any stretch, but a start at least. Hopefully ACC gets a commensurate boost in resources and power to give this exercise actual meaning.

    • Anonymous says:

      All the laws in the world will not make any difference if they are not enforced.
      Political connections and fren who has fren dem is how business as usual will be conducted.

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