Public Disclosure Deadline Extended Until March 31

By Khrisna Russell

Deputy Chief Reporter


TWO days before financial disclosures were to be submitted, the deadline has been extended to March 31, Public Disclosure Commission Chairman Myles Laroda said yesterday, telling The Tribune the decision was based on challenges the PDC faced.

According to Mr Laroda, letters sent on behalf of the commission were not mailed to members of Parliament, senators and other government officials until January, which he called a delay.

In addition, there are some first time MPs who are from the Family Islands and who face problems in gathering the needed documents.

As a result, Mr Laroda said yesterday the commission has decided to extend more time to those people.

When he spoke to The Tribune just two days earlier, the PDC chairman said he had no reason to believe the deadline would not be met.

This was echoed last week by Press Secretary Anthony Newbold who said everyone was on target to meet the mandated timeline of March 1.

“The Public Disclosure Commission continues to meet and the chairman is comfortable with where he is at this point,” Mr Newbold said previously.

“Of course we have to wait until the actual deadline arrives to see exactly what is happening, but up to this point everybody is preparing to be ready to meet the deadline.”

Late last year, Mr Laroda said the commission had met several times and was still in the process of reviewing various 2016 and 2017 filings.

Back in December, Mr Laroda said neither he nor his unit could address any issues with filings from the 2016 and 2017 periods, or the government’s self-imposed deadline to prosecute delinquent public officials under the Public Disclosure Act.

There was a July 3, 2017, timeline set by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for the files on delinquent disclosures to be sent to the Office of the Attorney General, however no action was ever taken against persons who fell in this category.


TalRussell 1 year, 11 months ago

Ma Imperial Red Comrade,s PLP see, PLP do is yet another corrupted learning culture done being early adopted by the reds as quick learners understanding of why it worked so well PLP and red politicians of past administrations.....Tis little to no new transparency under sun these hereto colony of islands. If you delay filing what law demands then expect the public be all suspicious if ya's got something hide. What about the PM, DPM and all Imperial red cabinet ministers - have they all filed and on time...NOT just on some bullshi# claim of being "on target" file...when this red bunch have missed every single target by island mile. Shouldn't each and every individual working in a senior position in PMO - not also be required file financial disclosures - after all they're so close seat only real political power in this colony islands?


themessenger 1 year, 11 months ago

Right on Comrade Tal, accountability is a word that doesn't exist in either party's vocabulary. More whitewash and mouthwash for da stink taste in ya mout on da way...............


TalRussell 1 year, 11 months ago

Ma Comrade Messenger, they wont listen anyways. They have their own secret backroom agenda and sure hell doesn't include "transparency connection" with It's the people's time... and even their own red supporters are starting publicly step forward acknowledge it's but a slogan that It's the People's time, and what a let down Minnis, Brent and KP have turned out be. I tell you this, somebody has seriously start looking into these reds controlling power?


sealice 1 year, 11 months ago

this a big crock of shite if these guys were doing what they were elected to do, AND THEY ALL BLOODY WELL KNEW THIS WAS COMING!!!!. What's the hold up your are all millioinaires with large staffs at all the business' you aren't supposed to be watching right now? COME ON weak arssed crap from the get go with any gubmint of the Bahamas


bogart 1 year, 11 months ago

Bahamians long time done get laid off in middle of job no excuse, fer being too many hired and paid on govt payroll............. ........and here is a few doing the opposite for putting extra time an extra time to still do an still complete dere job an still gettin paid fer nothing


TalRussell 1 year, 11 months ago

Ma Comrades, stage a "Withhold Payment VAT & Property Taxes" protest - until ALL CURRENT AND PAST required financial disclosures have been filed, received and DISCLOSED to the public.


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