Chuck wants Par­lia­ment to im­prove over­sight of INDECOM

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL SOMETHING EXTRA -

JUS­TICE MIN­IS­TER Del­roy Chuck is not in favour of the set­ting up of a non-ex­ec­u­tive re­view board to over­see the In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion of In­ves­ti­ga­tions (INDECOM).

In a Gleaner in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Chuck ar­gued that INDECOM is a com­mis­sion of Par­lia­ment, and as such the leg­is­la­ture pro­vides over­sight for the agency.

At a press con­fer­ence last week, Op­po­si­tion Spokesman on Jus­tice Sen­a­tor Mark Gold­ing urged the Gov­ern­ment to re­visit a key rec­om­men­da­tion by a joint se­lect com­mit­tee of Par­lia­ment to set up an ad­min­is­tra­tive re­view board to pro­vide over­sight for INDECOM.

Gold­ing is not sat­is­fied with the cur­rent struc­ture of INDECOM, say­ing it lacks ef­fec­tive ac­count­abil­ity and con­cen­trates sig­nif­i­cant power in the hands of the com­mis­sioner.

The jus­tice min­is­ter is un­moved by his coun­ter­part’s sug­ges­tion, not­ing that, “I think it would be go­ing a bit too far to have an over­sight of an over­sight body.”

Chuck out­lined that the speaker of the house, the pres­i­dent of the Se­nate and the lead­ers of both houses of Par­lia­ment con­sti­tute the over­sight for com­mis­sions of Par­lia­ment.

How­ever, he said, “It may be use­ful to con­sider whether Par­lia­ment want to ex­pand that over­sight com­mit­tee and in­clude other mem­bers of par­lia­ment, and maybe for that body to meet on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis to re­view INDECOM’s op­er­a­tions.”


Re­spond­ing to a pro­posal for Par­lia­ment to de­bate the re­port of the joint se­lect com­mit­tee which con­sid­ered the INDECOM Act in 2015, Chuck said he was not averse to hav­ing mem­bers of the House dis­cuss the re­port.

Peter Bunting, a mem­ber of the joint se­lect com­mit­tee which ex­am­ined the INDECOM Act last year, had sug­gested that the non-ex­ec­u­tive board for INDECOM could com­prise three re­tired Supreme Court judges or former di­rec­tors of pub­lic pros­e­cu­tions and per­sons with sub­stan­tial in­ves­ti­gate and man­age­rial ex­pe­ri­ence.


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