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UWI professor: IMF rush costing proper oversight of legislation

Telecoms expert, Professor Hopeton Dunn, is of the view that the assessments of legislation could be compromised because of the pace at which the Government has to approve laws under the programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

He was reacting to The Gleaner's discovery that private information can be accessed from the website of the National Security Interests Registry. 

According to Professor Dunn, the Securities Interest in Personal Property law, which allows for the setting up of the registry, needs to go back to the Parliament for revision.

Professor Dunn, who teaches at the University of the West Indies, says the problems with the website would have been discovered earlier if there were more scrutiny from the public, media and legislators.

The Professor also says regulations that govern legislation need to be put under greater parliamentary scrutiny.

The Government shut down the search engine of the website a day after The Gleaner's report.

Despite the Securities Interest in Personal Property law being approved in Parliament last year, the regulations which govern the law have not been brought to parliament. 

The Opposition has consistently criticised the pace at which laws are being passed without sufficient debate and scrutiny.

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