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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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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  • commented 2018-01-17 06:11:45 -0500
    This is another good attempt.

    However, until we find a way to own our judges we fail to own our judiciary. Until we own our judiciary we will not own our parliament. Failing to break the will that links judges loyalty and/or shyness to power and party, fails to free our judges to act on and to challenge power with impunity. For far to long our judges have been held hostage, advancing on us mercilessly, but acting feebly and favorish towards the strong arm of power and wealth that either rewards them or punishes them otherwise. Unless we can free our judges then every attempt is nothing but hopes. If we fail this attempt, then we will never own our judiciary, our law enforcement, our parliament, our treasury, our resources, our assets, our immigration, our securities, our country, and, of cost our children😔. As long as power owns our judges it stifles the judiciary and everything else that is dependent on it.
  • commented 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.
  • commented 2017-10-30 20:06:38 -0400
    The Public needs a board to voice complaints when a Government official of any ‘rank’ does a wrong , and satisfaction and relief is sought. Serious consequence must be a result of wrong doing as well. If the complaint is found to be ridiculous the Complaintant needs to be punished as well.