Al-Ekri: Combating Corruption is Ineffective
Bahrain Transparency Society praised and valued the Council of
Ministers’ approval of Bahrain joining the UN Convention against
Corruption last May and presenting the draft law to the legislative
authority. . The Society also praised the Public Persecutor’s reassurance
that ‘corruption cases will be prioritised’.
The Society requested that the House of Representatives ‘plays
an active role in the monitoring process, quickly ratifies the UN
Convention against Corruption and implements all the relevant requirements,
including the establishment of a national committee for combating
corruption, without ignoring its role of looking into the reports
of the Financial Monitoring Council’.
The President of the Society, Abdulnabi Al-Ekri, criticized the
reluctance of the Government regarding the establishment of a committee
which monitors and follows up the implementation of the transparency
and combating corruption commitments. He said that joining the agreement
without establishing a specialized committee for the above minimises
the impacts of the Government’s step and renders combating corruption
ineffective. Al-Ekri also called for the use of strict measures
for combating corruption and ratifying a law for disclosing the
financial liability of officials.
Moreover, the Justice Minister, Sheikh Khalid Al-Khalifa, ruled
out the establishment of a national committee for combating corruption
because of the existence of several specialized committees in this
field. Such as the Tender Board, the Office of Financial Supervision,
the Public Persecutor’s Office, the Judiciary, in addition to the
Parliament. He explained that the existence of several bodies for
combating corruption is better than confining all efforts to the
establishment of one committee.
With regards to another related subject, Al Ekri stated that
the Society is proud at the trust that it receives from abroad which
led to receiving an invitation to supervise the Lebanese elections,
and earlier time the elections of the Kuwati National Assembly.
He noted that ‘his Society is keen on participating in monitoring
elections abroad, in order to benefit the Society when monitoring
the next Bahraini Parliamentary elections in 2010’.