A culture of free flow of information is fundamental to a democratic society, in establishing good governance, empowering citizens and promoting proactive disclosure and accountability.
Transparency Maldives published a position paper on the existing Access to Information regulatory framework in Maldives and the amendments that are crucial for an effective Access to Information that reflect international best practices.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM), the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Auditor General’s Office and the then Gender and Human Rights Ministry, endorsed TM’s position paper.
Access to Information Position Paper
The Crinis research uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to assess various
dimensions of political financing transparency and accountability, and is to be used as a
benchmarking and advocacy tool for reforming the legal framework and practices associated with
political financing. Specifically, ten, interdependent dimensions-such as the scope, disclosure,
and depth of financial reporting-were assessed in this research as indicators of transparent
political financing procedures.
The report also provides recommendations for improving the current legal framework on
political financing. These include amending laws to mandate parties and candidates to submit
official identification of donors and vendors and to mandate political parties to disclose annual
audited accounting reports to the general public. It is also recommended that Non-State actors
such as Civil Society Organizations partake in monitoring and overseeing political financing
practices and to conduct awareness and advocacy programs on transparency and accountability
in political financing.
Transparency in Political Financing in Maldives – CRINIS Research Project
The collated reports of the Presidential Election 2008, Parliamentary Elections 2009 and Local Council Elections 2011 are published by Transparency Maldives as part of the domestic observation efforts for the presidential, parliamentary and local council elections.
Domestic observation for the Presidential Election 2008 was supported by the Royal Embassy of Netherlands, United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and AusAID. Domestic observation efforts for the Parliamentary Election 2009 and Local Council Elections 2011 were supported by the Royal Embassy of the Switzerland and the UNDP Maldives.
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