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Monday, May 30, 2005 - Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony has expressed the hope that an ongoing public sensitization campaign by the Integrity Commission will demystify the issues surrounding the work of the Commission.

The work of the Integrity Commission, which Dr. Anthony says goes unnoticed, may be attributed to inadequate public relations on its work and the various provisions of the Integrity in Public Life Act of 2004. The Prime Minister believes though that the situation is changing as the commission continues its campaign to make its work more familiar to citizens.

Dr. Anthony says, like many other laws in the country, successful implementation and enforcement of the Integrity in Public Life Act of 2004 relies on active participation of the public. He urged members of the public to play their part in ensuring the operation of the Integrity Commission is effective, but he says this does not give a licence to the members of the public to engage in “frivolous and vexatious” submission on which there is little shred of evidence.

“Reckless and inflammatory statements can cause irreparable damage to the reputation of people and their families. Public scrutiny is a continuous thing but we all must understand our role is not to embarrass public officials but to monitor their behaviour to ensure that it is consistent with the principles of integrity. All public officials are entitled to due process under the law and to seek appropriate remedies if they are wronged,” Dr. Anthony said.

Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony was at the time speaking on his weekly radio address “Conversation with the Nation.”

A handbook detailing the functions and scope of operations of the Integrity Commission has been released and it is hoped this will complement other activities implemented by the commission to increase public awareness of its mandate. The five member bipartisan commission is chaired by Archdeacon Canon Randolph Evelyn and is housed on the first floor of the Sir Stanislaus James Building on the Waterfront in Castries.

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