CBBT Submits CRC Position Paper on Fiscal Transparency

by Flex Dan

The Coalition of Civil Society on Fiscal Transparency (CCBT) ratified a set of almost 70 recommendations and submitted them to the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) Friday morning.

The recommendations aim to institutionalize fiscal discipline and curb corruption in The Gambia via the Constitution. There is an urgent need for the National Budget and sovereign national wealth to be distributed equitably amongst all Gambians.

The CCBT is formed of Civil Society actors which have undergone training on Fiscal Transparency and Budget processing. The group also completed series of workshops developing recommendations included
in this position paper. The Coalition’s proposal collates best practice adapted to the Gambian context to actively discourage and penalise corruption.

“Proper mechanisms will be put in place to ensure accountability and transparency”
National Development Plan (2018 – 2021) page 133

Here are some of the recommendations in the position paper;

1. It is recommended that every Presidential Candidate must disclose their assets and finance publicly and not under a deal of secrecy to the Ombudsmand. In addition an outgoing President must declare his/her assets within 6 months of vacating office.

2. In this position paper it is assumed that an Independent Anti Corruption Unit will be formed, however in the current absence of this body an Independent Commission which could fulfill this duty should be considered.

3. It is recommended for the National Assembly to be afforded 60 days to scrutinize the estimates and to consult with citizens, local government and CSOs. Furthermore the budget estimate must be submitted to the National Assembly 90 days before the end of the fiscal year.

4. The Public Finance Act should provide for every Ministry to defend its draft budget allocation at the National Assembly. Quarterly financial reports must be submitted to the Finance Ministry and to the National Assembly.

5. Where a political party fails to provide its audited financial statement within the prescribed period (and, if granted an extension, within the period of extension) and fails its financial obligations.

Its recommendations that such a party If a party fails to fulfill its financial obligations as stated above such a party should be warned to do so within a month. Failure to do should be suspended with a penalty. The party should only be reinstated after fulfilling its duties and settling penalties after consultation with the IEC and or Anti Corruption Unit.

Source: Culled from Flex Dan’s Facebook page

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