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  • commented on Anti Corruption Bills 2018-01-11 17:48:44 -0500
    I think that this piece of proposed legislation would go a long way toward curbing the level of corruption that has plagued our country and society for decades. I support this idea and hope to it made law in our country one day.

    Ombudsman and Integrity Commission Bills

    Corruption affects us all!

    Corruption affects everyone and impacts the most vulnerable the most. It threatens sustainable economic development, ethical justice; it destabilises our society and endangers the rule of law. It undermines our democracy. But because public policies and public resources are largely beneficial to poor people, they suffer the most.

    Acts of corruption deprive our citizens of their constitutional and their human rights. Delays in infrastructure development, poor building quality and layers of additional costs are all consequences of corruption, and each of us pay for it. 

    In late 2017, Two bills were introduced that could change the way that maladministration and corruption are handled in the Bahamas, and they could be game-changers if done right. The Ombudsman Bill 2017 and The Integrity Bill 2017. 

    The Ombudsman Bill will establish a body to proactively address misgovernment and advocate for the people in the event of government maladministration. If you have ever experienced an unnecessarily frustrating process, poorly managed service, or issues of inappropriate conduct of public officers, this bill would provide a complaint body to arbitrate on behalf of the people. 

    The Integrity Commission Bill will dissolve the current Public Disclosure Committee and establish an anti-corruption body to educate, reform and investigate issues of corruption, public disclosure, and malfeasance. This bill could be the first step to change a culture of corruption decades in the making

     

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    The Integrity Commission Bill will dissolve the current Public Disclosure Committee and establish an anti-corruption body to educate, reform and investigate issues of corruption, public disclosure, and malfeasance. 

    The Ombudsman Bill will establish a body to proactively address misgovernment and advocate for the people in the event of government maladministration.

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    See our Recommended Amendments Here


    We need your feedback!

    The Ombudsman Bill 2017 and The Integrity Commission Bill 2017 have the potential to colossally shift the way that our government addresses corruption and maladministration. We deserve a say in that!

    The Organization for Responsible Governance wants your thoughts, recommendations, and amendments for both bills. Click the icons to download the bills and leave your feedback in the window below. ORG also provides a 5-page executive summary for the 

    Recommendations will be consolidated and circulated before submission to the Office of the Attorney General and members of The House of Assembly. For more information please email: engagement@orgbahamas.com

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