Poor management of assembly in Tahiti cited in report

2:14 pm on 29 May 2019

An accounts office report on French Polynesia's assembly has found the management there to be poor and has called for absenteeism by assembly staff to be curbed.

French Polynesia's assembly approves 2018 budget

French Polynesia's assembly approves 2018 budget Photo: French Polynesia presidency

The report says between 2012 and 2016 the number of sick days taken increased by more than 30 percent while the incidence of sick leave taken for less than 15 days went up by more than 40 percent.

It says only 20 percent of employees had no sickness-related absence in 2016.

The report criticised the management of human resources, saying one person was hired before receiving his job application, while in another case almost a million US dollars was spent to hire four people over a four-month period.

It says the system is so archaic that the source of errors is unaccountable.

The accounts office says assembly members make little use of their rights and only submitted 36 bills over five years.

It says the assembly's control over the executive remains marginal.

Last month, a report found that assembly staff at times engage in activities which are not related to the work they are paid for.

It noted that staff of assembly members spend some of their time dealing with external matters without there being any repercussions.

However, the report says legally responsibility for any misuse of public funds lies with assembly members and ultimately with the assembly president.

The French Polynesia parliament building

The French Polynesia parliament building Photo: RNZ

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