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HoA continues today July 14, 2022 with debate on controversial Register of Interests Act

HoA continues today July 14, 2022 with debate on controversial Register of Interests Act

The Fourth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) will continue this morning, Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 10:00 am at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola.

The Sitting will continue with the debate on the controversial Register of Interests Act, 2022, which has sparked much opposition from some members of the community and elected officials.

The Register of Interests Act is demanded to be passed in the HoA as recommended by the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report and the Unity Government of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has decided to accept all the recommendations in the CoI Report without challenge or push back.


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The Act is demanded to be passed in the HoA as recommended by the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report and the Unity Government of Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has decided to accept all the recommendations in the CoI Report without challenge or push back.

The Act is regarded by many in the legal profession as an intrusion of the right to privacy in the constitution, since all ranks of senior civil servants and some middle managers, and even members of the public volunteering on statutory boards, will have to declare their interests.

In a press release on July 13, 2022, the Civil Service Association blasted the coalition government for not coming to the people with the Act and suggested that it be placed on hold until further consultation.

The sitting today will be aired LIVE on House of Assembly VI Youtube; House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands Facebook; 780 AM ZBVI Radio; CBN-Radio (90.9 FM); FLOW TV Channel 101; and CCT TV Channel 291.

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