President's Office opens application for ACC membership

President's Office. (Sun Photo)

The President’s Office announced on Monday that applications were open for the vacant post of member at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

Application forms are available from the reception of the President’s Office and on the official website of the President’s Office: Additional information regarding the documents to be submitted is available from the gazette. 

Those interested can submit their applications to the President’s Office from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on December 29 and 30, 2021.

This marks the second time applications were opened for the post of ACC member within this month.

The Parliament's Independent Institution Committee raised a total of 10 issues in their report following its performance audit of ACC members. One such issue which was raised is that charges have only been requested in one percent of ACC cases although investigations into 61 percent of cases have actually been completed.

Committee’s report further noted numerous old cases remained incomplete and a long time was taken to request charges from the Prosecutor General’s Office even after a case is complete. Highlighting that a large number of cases in which charges are requested from the PG Office were sent back to the Commission for further investigation – the Committee stressed that such matters can only be solved by a change of members.

The report stresses that ACC’s work is unusually slow – adding that large amounts of money that need to be recovered for the government, still remains unrecovered. They specified that ACC had only recovered MVR 11,000 as of October – from the money which need to be recovered for the state.

Currently, there are only three ACC members in office. They are; ACC’s President Mariyam Shiuna, Vice President Fathimath Anoola, and Member Aishath Abdulla.

Ibrahim Shakeel, who was serving as a member tendered his resignation following the Committee’s decision to initiate the dismissal process. Meanwhile, Ashraf Ali, who was also serving as a member had resigned earlier amidst the performance audit.