Press Release On 2015-Report on Political Irregularities: (Misuse of State Resources and Political Corruption)

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COMFREL has conducted annual its monitoring report on the misuse of state resources and political corruption which was conducted between January to December 2015. It was found that there were 297 cases related to misuse of state resources and political corruption. The recorded cases increased by 80 cases from the previous year. In 2015, there were 297 cases recorded include 11 cases related to abuse of powers by authorities, which have been committed by high senior political leaders in legislative, executive and judicial branches, and leaders running political parties; 135 cases of irregularities including; bribes and fraud by high rank public officials, and 133 recorded cases related to misuse of state resources with the aim of benefiting a political party. It was noted that the number of cases relating to the use of state vehicles decreased. The decrease in the use of state vehicles for political purposes is due to some ministries’ measures, for example the Ministry of Interior, constantly taking action and implementing measures. The other 11 cases are related to the political bribes and fraud committed by elected officials, and the remaining 8 cases are related to the irregularities with the appointment of officials into office in favour of family, conflict of interest and relatives (cronyism and nepotism).

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