Commissioner for Public Relations

CORE FUNCTIONS

  • To investigate any decision or recommendation made, or any act done or omitted, relating to a matter of administration and affecting any person or body of persons in his or its personal capacity, in or by any department or organization to which this Act applies or by any officer (including the Minister or Governor), employee, or member of any such Department or organization in his capacity as such officer, employee or member.
  • The Commissioner may make investigations either on a complaint made to the Commissioner or on his own motion. The Prime Minister may at any time refer to the Commissioner for investigation and report any matter, other than a matter concerning judicial proceeding.
  • If the Commissioner is of the opinion that a crime might have been committed, or a disciplinary offence has been committed, he must refer the matter to the appropriate authority, e.g. Attorney General or The Public Service Commission.
  • The Commissioner may deal with corrupt practices which are linked to criminal activities and has wide powers of investigation. Hearing may be in public and have jurisdiction on all officials including public servants, Ministers, Members of Parliament and judicial officers. There must be in place a code of conduct for Ministers as well for Members of Parliament.

Relevant Acts and Regulations

Commissioner for Public Relations Act

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