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Integrity Commission ‘unable to certify’ Prime Minister’s solemn declaration | Main stories

ByChad J. Johnson

Oct 17, 2022

The Integrity Commission said a document outlining the income and assets of Prime Minister Andrew Holness has not been released because it has not yet been certified.

“The Commission is unable to certify this and, under the circumstances, will not be able to comment further on the matter,” the commission said in a statement on Twitter on Sunday.

Holness submitted the document, also called a statutory declaration because it is required by law, on time, the commission said.

the gleaner asked for clarification on the committee’s statement that it was “unable to certify” the Prime Minister’s solemn declaration.

In a terse response last night, the commission said: ‘The position is that we have no comment on the matter.

Opposition Leader Mark Golding’s statement was released on Sunday and was reported by The Sunday Gleaner.

“The Integrity Commission hereby certifies that the statutory declaration submitted by the aforementioned registrant has been reviewed,” the agency said in a notice published in the newspaper yesterday.

It described a summary of Golding’s income, assets and liabilities as reported to the Integrity Commission.

“Based on the review, which does not constitute an audit, it appears that the declaration has been duly completed,” the commission added.

The statements cover the year ending December 31, 2021.

Golding and his family held assets worth over J$117 million, US$1.3 million and £1,660. They have liabilities of J$1.5 million and US$3,101.

The Integrity Commission is responsible for enforcing Jamaica’s anti-corruption laws.

By law, the Integrity Commission is responsible for publishing summaries of the solemn declarations of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the Jamaica Gazette each year.