20 Aug 2012

Fiji regime promises public scrutiny of public office holders' finances

2:05 pm on 20 August 2012

Fiji's interim government plans to open up the financial affairs of public office holders to public scrutiny within six months.

The Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has told a gathering of accountants in Fiji that legislation is being drafted which will allow people to find out his salary, assets and liabilities.

The Fiji Sun reports he told conference-goers accountability and transparency were essential.

According to the report, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there is a view that people standing for elections must also declare their personal assets and liabilities.

He said it's important to know what is motivating people.

He says spouses and dependent children of public office holders would also be subject to the new rules which had been delayed due partly to lack of resources.

Since the military regime staged its coup six years ago there has been no auditing of the public accounts.