By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The APNU+AFC administration will soon release its draft code of conduct for government Ministers and other officials, so that it can be vetted and thoroughly scrutinized by the public.
Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman promised that the document will be released, which is expected to hold senior government officials, Ministers and Members of Parliament to a high ethical standard while in office.
He told a post cabinet media briefing on September 09 that by having the public’s input on the Code of Conduct will allow for Guyanese to determine the standards they need to see being set by those who hold public office.
“We believe it should be opened up for public comment, criticism, critique and to be distilled and refined. Hopefully, coming out of it we get a stronger document. We thought it would be better to share it because failure to do so means you will be legislating for yourself and you run the risk of a natural bias to lessen harshness and being accused of doing just that,” Minister Trotman told reporters.
He explained that members of Cabinet are bound by the contents of draft document even though it is not yet implemented. After the public scrutiny, the document will then be refined and finalized.