Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why was the Commission established?The Commission was established to ensure that public officials uphold high standards of integrity in the performance of their public functions and also to give effect to the provisions of The Inter-American Convention against Corruption. It will assist in improving the standards of good governance, transparency and accountability in government.
The law provides for the Integrity Commission to receive and verify the accuracy of declarations of financial affairs from public officials; to investigate complaints of impropriety, corruption and misconduct by public officials; and for prosecution of persons found guilty of crimes according to the Acts.
What qualifies persons to be members of this Commission?Persons appointed to the Commission are to be persons of high integrity who are capable of exercising competence, diligence, sound judgment, confidentiality and impartiality in fulfilling their duties under the Acts.
Further, these persons:
must not be affected by bankruptcy action;
must not have been convicted of an indictable offence;
must not have been convicted of an offence pursuant to the provisions of the Acts;
must not be a person in public life other than as a member of the Commission;
must not be a member of the House of Representatives or of the Senate;
must not during the three years preceding appointment, have held office in a political party;
must not be otherwise disqualified to be a member of the House of Representatives.
How does a person vacate office?A member other than the Chairperson, may resign in writing through the Chairperson to the Governor General and from the date indicated, that person ceases to be a member of the Commission.
The Chairperson may resign in writing to the Governor General and from the date so indicated, that person ceases to be a member of the Commission.
A member of the Commission is taken to have vacated office if the member:
a. resigns the position on the Commission;
b. cannot continue as a member of that Commission having become disqualified as earlier out;
c. is absent without the permission of the Commission, from three consecutive meetings of the Commission and has not given due notice;
e. is appointed as a public officer;
f. takes up an appointment in a political party;
g. is nominated for election as a representative in the House of Representatives or in the Senate.
How is a person removed from the Commission?A person may be removed from the Commission for inability to exercise functions under the Acts, whether from infirmity of mind or body or any other cause or for misbehaviour.
To remove a person, the Governor General, after consultations with the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, appoints a Disciplinary Tribunal to conduct an inquiry into the matter and report and recommend to the Governor General.
Who Controls the Commission?The Commission, in the exercise of its duties under the Acts is not subject to the direction or control of any person or authority.
What is the definition of a child?A child is a person under the age of eighteen years who:
normally resides with the applicant, whether or not the child is a child of the applicant and the respondent, or either of them;
is an adopted child, a stepchild, a child who is treated as a child of the family;
is related by consanguinity or affinity, to either the applicant or the respondent:
is in the care and protection of the applicant or the respondent;
is a person of whom either the applicant or the respondent is a guardian; or
is, or was, a member of a shared household; and is not a person who is, or was married.