Final Draft Of The Long Awaited Integrity Legislation Promised Soon
The implementation of Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information Act are hot button issues. The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) leading into the last general election made it a platform issue. The DLP’s commitment to rolling out the two pieces of important legislation was made against a background of alleged rampant corruption by the previous administration and intimidation of the media in Barbados.
We are thankful to our reliable source for providing a status report on the long awaited Integrity and Freedom of Information Act:
After much back and forth by BFP and BU on the subject of Integrity Legislation and the Freedom of Information Act, I am indeed very pleased to report that a full suite of Legislation is being completed and so far the Cabinet has seen and has approved the New FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT with the drafting of the INTEGRITY LEGISLATION nearly complete. It is expected that circulation of both of these drafts will done prior to the Christmas break of Parliament and will be passed into law very shortly thereafter.
I trust that this will settle everyone’s nerves and will address the concerns of the people of Barbados, the government of Barbados, the Opposition of Barbados and both BU and BFP.
The DLP promised that they would address these issues and they are doing what is required to make this a reality but on the other hand, as was the case at BFP making a daily issue of it with their silly remarks has done nothing to hasten the pace at which the work of those involved in the drafting of the legislation can perform it has happened at its own pace. The work was carried by a group of well respected persons and it is hoped that at the end of it all that all the expectations will be served.
Not to be neglected is the new Freedom of Information Act this will present a whole new dimension to journalism and provide for more flexibility in their reporting and interviews.
I trust that this will assist in given you some idea as to how far along and how serious the Government is with these new pieces of legislation.