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November 21, 2019
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23 Members of Parliament Referred To Ombudsman Commission

Twenty – three Members of Parliament have been referred tothe Ombudsman Commission for alleged misconduct in Office.

 

Amongthem Senior State Ministersand Provincial Governors who have failed to submittheir Election FinancialReturns.

Registrar of Political Parties Dr Alphonse Gelu saidthe Members of Parliament have been reminded several times to lodgedtheir Election FinancialReturns, but have failed to comply with a simple process that’s required underthe Organic Law.

 

“They have not submittedtheir election expenses of 2012, and have not paidtheir fines – that’sthe first category, and eight MP’scome under this category,” he said.

“The second category is those that did that did not submittheir election returns of 2012, but paidtheir fines.

The third category is those that submittedtheir returns late, but did not paytheir fines.”
 

Dr Gelu said his Office has written a letter for the Ombudsman Commission to penalise Members of Parliamentoamongthem Senior State Ministersand Provincial Governors.

 

The highest penalty that can be imposed bythe Ombudsman Commission is dismissal from Public Office.

 

“That isthe reason why we have this provision inthe Organic Law ontheIntegrated Political Parties and Candidates,” said Gelu.

“The provision basically allowsthe successful candidates as well asthe political parties to come out and state clearly wherethey have receivedthe sources of funding.

That is basically what we are askingthem to do.”
 

The names ofthe twenty – three MP’s will be revealed on 2nd September whenthe Ombudsman Commission receivesthe full listing ofthe MP’s

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