Who is a 'person in public life'?

The Integrity in Public Office Act, 2003 and the Integrity in Public Office (Amendment) Act, 2015 define a 'person in public life' as a person holding any office or position set out in the First Schedule to the Act; or a person acting continuously for a period of not less than six months in any office set out in the First Schedule as follows:

First Schedule
Offices respecting Persons in Public Life

  1. Accountant General;
  2. Adviser or Assistant to the Prime Minister and other Ministers;
  3. Assistant Registrar of the High Court;
  4. Assistant Superintendent of Prisons;
  5. Chairperson of a public institution;
  6. Chief Fire Officer;
  7. Chief Physical Planner;
  8. Chief Personnel Officer;
  9. Chief of Police;
  10. Chief Technical Officer;
  11. Comptroller of Customs;
  12. Comptroller of Inland Revenue;
  13. Deputy Chief Fire Officer;
  14. Deputy Chief Physical Planner;
  15. Deputy Chief of Police;
  16. Deputy Comptroller of Customs;
  17. Deputy Comptroller of Inland Revenue;
  18. Deputy Labour Commissioner;
  19. Financial Secretary;
  20. Gazetted Police Officer;
  21. General Manager of a public institution;
  22. Labour Commissioner;
  23. Managing Director of a public institution;
  24. Member of the House of Assembly;
  25. Minister of Government;
  26. Parliamentary Commissioner;
  27. Parliamentary Secretary;
  28. Permanent Secretary;
  29. Registrar of the High Court;
  30. Secretary to the Cabinet;
  31. Speaker of the House of Assembly;
  32. Superintendent of Prisons;

What is required of a person in public life?

Not later than 31st March of every year a person in public life must file a declaration in Form 2 with the Commission setting out the following:

  • his office or offices;
  • his income, assets and liabilities;
  • the assets of his spouse, children or relative acquired through or traceable to his income; and
  • gifts made by him in value exceeding one thousand dollars

Where a person holds money or other property in trust for another, this must be stated in the declaration.

The income, assets and liabilities of a person in public life include income, assets and liabilities acquired, held or incurred by another as his agent or on his behalf.

Every person in public life must observe the Code of Conduct which sets out the standard of behaviour expected of a person in public life and the ethics and values that should govern that behaviour. The Code is contained in the Second Schedule to the Act.

For additional information and for copies of Form 2, please contact the Office of the Integrity Commission on Cross Street (upstairs of the new Electoral Office), via telephone at (767) 266 3436/3391/3494, via facsimile No. (767) 440 6802, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website at http://integritycommission.gov.dm/.

Secretary
Integrity Commission
File: IC. 530.02
Date: January 11, 2016

Posted: 04/02/2016