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ACU chalks up 21,640 Jan 2023 asset declarations

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The ACU says it has received 21,640 state-mandated declarations of assets and liabilities as of January 20. Hong Menea

ACU chalks up 21,640 Jan 2023 asset declarations

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) announced that it received 273 state-mandated declarations of assets and liabilities on January 20, bringing the total to 21,640.

Among the government agencies in which all officials have reportedly submitted their declarations as required are: the National Election Committee, State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, National Bank of Cambodia, Constitutional Council and National Audit Authority, as well as the rural development, water resources, and public works ministries.

The first-level administrative divisions in which the same is true are: Phnom Penh and the provinces of Pailin, Mondulkiri, Kampong Speu, Pursat, Takeo, Kampong Cham, Siem Reap, Tbong Khmum, Kep, Kratie, Banteay Meanchey, Ratanakkiri, Kampong Chhnang, Sihanoukville, Koh Kong, Battambang and Oddar Meanchey.

Cambodian anti-corruption law requires high-ranking officials to declare assets and liabilities, regardless of whether those are inside or outside the country.

According to Article 17 of the anti-corruption law, all members of the Senate, National Assembly, and National Council Against Corruption as well as ACU and other appointed public officials with a specific mandate must submit declarations – every other January.

Also obligated are civil and public servants, including police, military personnel, officials from the judicial branch and heads of civil society organisations.

Newly elected or employed individuals must submit a declaration within 30 days of taking office, with a second declaration taking place in January of their third year. Additionally, a declaration must be submitted within 30 days of leaving office.


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