Solomons Leadership Commission Considers Penalties For MPs

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Officials who fail to report on financial accounts may be fined

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Sept. 18, 2013) – The Solomon Islands Leadership Code Commission (LCC) says a decision will be made by next week on the politicians who have failed to submit their financial accounts.

In June, the LCC gave over 21 members of Parliament and 15 other officials 60 days to declare their interests and accounts, and the Commission’s chairman, Emmanuel Kouhota, threatened them with misconduct, and fines of up to US$700.

Mr. Kouhota says many of the people served notices have not responded and the three-man panel on the LCC will make a decision by next week as to how they may be punished.

"Quite a big number did not respond. The next step would be for the commission to impose a penalty on them. There’s a warning or a fine of up to SBD$5,000 [US$677]."

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