Samoa Election Commissioner Fails To File Reports To Parliament

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, June 28, 2015) – The Office of the Electoral Commissioner (O.E.C) failed to submit annual reports to Parliament for two consecutive years.

That’s what Controller and Auditor General, Papali’i Camillo Afele, told Parliament in his report to the Legislative Assembly from July 2011 until June 2012.

A copy of the report, which has been referred to Officers of Parliament Committee, has been obtained by the Sunday Samoan.

The report identified issues with O.E.C’s finances.

"Annual reports were not submitted to Parliament for the two financial years 2009/10 and 2010/11," the report reads.

"No financial statements prepared by the Office for the financial years 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11 as the Office transactions were all centralized with the Ministry of Finance thus its financial operations were recorded and reflected in the Public Accounts. This was a requirement of the law that required amendment."

Elsewhere, the Auditor General as concerned by what he described as "incomplete and outdated fixed assets register in financial year 2008/09."

This was due to the refusal to register assets labeled under the Samoa Tel and M.J.C.A that were idly scattered in the premises.

"These were not recorded in the Register according to the Office as they did not have the relevant details pertaining to the assets and again they were in deteriorating condition their usage predicted to only last for another two to four months."

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