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Former Lucea Mayor to face PNP's Integrity Commission

Featured Former Lucea Mayor Cllr Shernette Haughton Former Lucea Mayor Cllr Shernette Haughton
KINGSTON, March 31, 2015: The People’s National Party (PNP) says having reviewed the reports from the Office of the Contractor General in relation to its investigation into activities at the Hanover and St Thomas Parish Councils, a special meeting of the Party's Integrity Commission is to be convened and former Lucea Mayor Shernette Haughton will be asked to appear at that meeting in the presence of her Attorney to answer questions.

In a statement to the media, the party says its Executive “considered the reports at its regular meeting of the Executive Committee held on Monday March 30. We accept that there are moral principles and issues of ethical conduct which are central to the findings contained in those reports.

“We reaffirm our commitment to modern standards of probity, transparency and good governance - which in this case it appears that these standards were NOT achieved. We also hold firm to our belief in and commitment to the process of Local Government and its entrenchment in the Constitution of the land.

“For all these reasons a special meeting of the Party's Integrity Commission is to be convened. Comrade Shernette Haughton will be asked to appear at that meeting in the presence of her Attorney to answer questions. The Integrity Commission will be mandated to provide a report to the Executive no later than April 20, 2015. That report will form part of the process going forward to determine the specific disciplinary action that may be required; including whether or not Comrade Haughton will be deemed eligible to ever contest any election on a People's National Party ticket.

For the record, the Executive also reviewed the findings of the OCG regarding the St. Thomas Parish Council. We take no comfort in the fact that the "breach(es)" highlighted in that report occurred while the St. Thomas Parish Council was controlled by councillors of the Jamaica Labour Party and led by a JLP Mayor.

 The Statement concluded that “We believe that both reports highlight the need for greater strengthening of the systems and processes currently in vogue at the parish councils across the island to protect against any activity that compromises public trust in these important bodies and in Local Governance as a whole.”

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