The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is reminding all public officials and employees of Government who are required to declare their income, assets, and liabilities to do so, according to a press release issued over the weekend.
The LAC clarified that “Section IV. Administration of Asset Disclosure System” of the “Regulations for The Administration, Monitoring, Receiving And Implementation of Asset Declaration in Accordance with the National Code Of Conduct For All Public Officials And Employees,” relating to the universal filing deadline (last Friday in July), refers to public officials who had declared earlier and are re-declaring either at the end of every three years; on promotion or progression from one level to another; upon transfer to another public office; and upon retirement and resignation.
All other public officials who are entering or re-entering public office and have no record of declaring or re-declaring their income, assets, and liabilities are required by law to do so prior to taking office.
The Commission also admonished other former public officials, who exited their offices by means of retirement, resignation, dismissal, etc., to submit two copies of a completed, signed and notarized Asset Disclosure Form which should have been done immediately prior to exiting.
Part X of the National Code of Conduct (NCoC) for all public officials and employees requires that every public official and employee of Government involved in making decisions affecting contract, tendering or procurement and issuance of licenses of various types shall sign performance or financial bonds and shall in addition declare his or her income, assets and liabilities prior to taking office and thereafter at the end of every three years, on promotion or progression from one level to another, upon transfer to another public office and upon retirement or resignation.
This provision also requires public officials, who exit public office by means of retirement, resignation, dismissal, etc., to submit two copies of a completed, signed and notarized Asset Disclosure Form immediately prior to exit, the press release said.
The LACC believes that the declaration of income, assets, and liabilities is healthy in enhancing accountability, transparency, and integrity in the public sector. Besides, it is the law. The LACC therefore calls on all public officials and employees of Government to comply with the law.
The forms are available on the Commission’s website on www.lacc.gov.lr, according to the release.