By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO more government ministers declined to comment on whether they are up to date with their annual public disclosures.
When asked for comment on the revelations yesterday, and whether or not he was up to date with his annual disclosures, Prime Minister Perry Christie told The Tribune he plans to address the matter during his contribution in the House of Assembly today.
Minister of Tourism, West End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe, and Minister of State for Financial Services, Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder both said they had no comment when questioned outside Cabinet yesterday.
Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture, MICAL MP V Alfred Gray, and Exuma MP Anthony Moss confirmed that they were in compliance with the Public Disclosure Act.
To date, 11 of 38 members of Parliament have confirmed to The Tribune that they had filed all their annual disclosures.
Yesterday, St Anne’s MP Hubert Chipman maintained that all his disclosures have been filed – with the exception of 2013, which he expects to complete this week.
Under the Public Disclosure Act, disclosures must be turned into the Public Disclosures Commission by March each year.
Last week, Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis told The Tribune that he had yet to see a single report from the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) this term. Dr Minnis, as leader of the Opposition, is entitled to the PDC’s report before it is publicly gazetted.
When contacted for comment last month, Allan Benjamin, chairman of the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), would not say if members of Parliament and senators had complied with the Public Disclosure Act.
Mr Benjamin said he could not give details on the issue, adding that the PDC has done “what we are supposed to do” and had forwarded information to Cabinet.
Yesterday, Mr Christie confirmed that he has received the PDC’s annual report since taking office in 2012.