Outstanding MPs file disclosures
West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe and Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar confirmed yesterday that they filed their declarations of assets and liabilities.
Both MPs had asked the Public Disclosure Commission for extensions.
Parker-Edgecombe told The Nassau Guardian that she missed her March 15 extension by about five days, but eventually submitted her declaration.
“It was given less than maybe five days after,” she said.
When called yesterday, D’Aguilar said, “Yes, I filed last week, well before March 31.”
When asked why he asked for an extension, D’Aguilar said he was waiting for several financial reports.
“A number of my private investments don’t finish their financial reports until February 28, and therefore it is difficult for me to accurately report without those reports,” he said.
“So, I asked for a one month extension to accurately report.”
Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell was also given an extended deadline of March 31 to submit his declaration.
He indicated that he filed before the deadline.
The Public Disclosure Act mandates members of Parliament, senators, senior public officers and public appointees declare their assets, income and liabilities as of December 31 of each year.
The act empowers both the prime minister and the leader of the opposition to “authorize the furnishing of any information furnished to him by the [Public Disclosure] Commission to the attorney general or the commissioner of police”.
It provides for a $10,000 fine or imprisonment of a term not exceeding two years, or both, for anyone who violates it.