Government Explores Code of Conduct for Elected Leaders After Sexual Conduct Scandal

Government Explores Code of Conduct for Elected Leaders After Sexual Conduct Scandal

The Government of Belize is exploring the implementation of a formal code of conduct for elected leaders.  The discussion became even more important after Area Representative, Andre Perez, was stripped of his portfolio after reports of improper sexual conduct.  According to Minister of Political Reform, Henry Charles Usher, a code of conduct could be introduced to guide behavior for political figures. 

Henry Charles Usher, Min. of Constitutional & Political Reform and Religious Affairs: “He has been completely focused on the campaign in San Pedro for the municipal election. He has been focused on doing his work as the area representative for Belize Rural South which includes San Pedro, Caye Caulker, St.George’s Caye etc. So he’s been busy this time of year. All of us are busy in terms of doing the work for our people. Now in terms of his status as in Cabinet that’s a question for the Prime Minister.”

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: But he attends Cabinet meetings ? 

Henry Charles Usher, Min. of Constitutional & Political Reform and Religious Affairs: “No he has not attended Cabinet meeting.”

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: He’s not getting his salary ? 

Henry Charles Usher, Min. of Constitutional & Political Reform and Religious Affairs: “No.”

Ernesto Vasquez, Host, The Morning Show: And I think this still brings up the action to set some kind of legislation on what you call it ? The moral behavior ? 

Henry Charles Usher, Min. of Constitutional & Political Reform and Religious Affairs: “The code of conduct ? It’s interesting because the Speaker of the House has done a lot of work in terms of parliamentary code of conduct looking at the standing orders but also introducing a code of conduct into the standing orders. Now that would be a conduct that is done in the House or parliament meaning both the House and the Senate. Now we have to look – and that is something that the PCC should look at because the constitution speaks about who is disqualified from running it does not speak about who is qualified to run and those are two different areas. It says you can’t run if you’re a bankrupt, you can’t run if you’re this or that but it doesn’t say you should be this to run or you should this to run it basically says don’t do this but everything else you can – and I think there have been discussions at the PCC level to introduce a code of conduct for persons in public office. Not only at the national level but at the municipal level as well and at the local and the village level. If you want to run for public office this is the code of conduct that you have to ascribe to so that’s work that the PCC is currently working on now.”

Former Minister of the Blue Economy Andre Perez remains on a leave of absence.

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