Following the results of a performance audit, the People’s Majlis Committee on Independent Institutions agreed today to remove all members of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The decision to dismiss ACC members appointed during the current administration was backed by votes from the committee’s MDP members, with one voting against it.
The committee’s decision came amid public criticism of the commission’s delays in investigating corruption charges, and after the commission’s members were hauled before the parliamentary committee on many times for a performance audit. Majlis members also told them several times that they would be removed if their performance levels did not improve.
The performance audit of the commission was carried out by the Auditor General’s Office. According to the audit, the commission is incapable of conducting investigations or exercising its duties. While some cases had been under investigation by the commission for more than three years, the audit discovered that the number of uncompleted cases approached 300.
The current ACC membership is as follows:
- President Maryam Shiuna
- Vice President Fathmath Anoola
- Member Ibrahim Shakeel
- Member Aishath Abdulla
Ali Ashraf, the commission’s fifth member, resigned as a member of the ACC in early December, claiming personal reasons.