Secret asset declaration by public officials serves no purpose - Auditor-General

Secret asset declaration by public officials serves no purpose - Auditor-General

- The Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo, has argued that asset declaration in sealed envelopes serves no purpose

- According to him, there is a need for public officials to openly declare their assets

- This, he said, will give Ghanaians the right to seek for clarifications with regard to the assets of public officials

The Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo, has stated that there is an urgent need for public officials to openly declare their assets.

This, he argued, will be preferred to the current situation where assets are declared using sealed envelopes, as stipulated in the Asset Declaration Act.

According to him, the current asset declaration regime does not enhance accountability and does not ensure compliance by officials.

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Auditor-General, Daniel Domelovo Source: Supplied
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Speaking at the Ghana Integrity Initiative’s multi-stakeholder forum on business integrity in Accra, Domelevo said, if the declaration is made publicly, citizens will be empowered to lodge complaints to the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), when they feel that a public official has under-declared his assets.

“Non-compliance or not doing the full disclosure should be reported to the CHRAJ. How will the public know if they don’t even know what has been disclosed?

What has been disclosed is only between you and the Auditor General, so these are some of the legal questions we must be solving now rather than later,” he explained.

This is not the first time the Auditor General is raising questions about the country’s asset declaration regime.

Last year at a round table discussion themed: “Fighting corruption in the public sector of Ghana, the role of Assets Declaration,” organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), he described the regime as a joke

He said the current Act does not make it compulsory for public officers to declare their assets, hence no punishment can be meted out to those who refuse to do so.

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