Applications opened for vacant ACC membership post

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). (File Photo/Sun)

The President’s Office, on Wednesday, has opened applications for vacancies at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) – following the resignation of all five members of the Commission.

Applications have been opened from today onwards to 12:30pm on January 17. The President’s Office said that they would be accepting applications between 9:30am and 12:30pm on weekdays falling into this period.

The application form will be available from the reception of the President’s Office and could be downloaded from the official website of the President’s Office.

Parliament’s Independent Institutions Committee decided in November that they would recommend the dismissal of members found to be underperforming following their review. Following its review – the Committee voted initiate the process of dismissal all members of ACC in early December as they uncovered the Commission had over 16,000 pending cases.  

On December 26, the Committee recommended a vote of no-confidence motion on the Parliament floor against the ACC members.

Two of the commission’s members – Ibrahim Shakeel and Ali Ashraf – had resigned after the committee began its review.   

Remaining members; the commission’s president Mariyam Shiuna, vice president Fathimath Anoola, and Aishath Abdulla – tendered their resignation a day after the no-confidence motion was taken.

Independent Institutions Committee highlighted 10 main issues uncovered in the audit in the report formulated on their findings. In this regard, they said that while ACC completed investigations into 61 percent of corruption cases, only one percent of the cases were sent for prosecution.   

It was also noted that the Commission had a huge backlog, and takes a long time to forward cases to the Prosecutor General’s Office even after completing investigations. They also said that a lot of the cases sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office were sent back to the Commission.

The Committee also said in their report that the pace of the Commission’s work was unusually slow, and that many of the funds stolen from the State remains unrecovered. On this note, it was found only MVR 11,000 in funds were recovered for the State by the end of October.