Anti-Corruption Supplement and Elections

Posted on | June 16, 2009

On 16 June 2009, Al-Sabaah, the government newspaper, published a supplement on anti-corruption including articles on electoral corruption, lessons to be learned form the Lebanese experience, political parties draft law, abuse of the education system, NGOs and civil society and Transparency International.

Transparency International’s 2009 Global Corruption Report presents the main findings of a public opinion survey that explores the general public’s views of corruption, as well as experiences of bribery around the world.
It reports that 44% of Iraqis reported having paid a bribe in the last 12 months compared with an average worldwide figure of 11%.

In addition, an article on Al-Sabaah’s front page on 16 June 2009 reported that an electronic identity card could be introduced for each voter for the next Council of Representatives election in January 2010. Swedish trainers are reportedly to be sent to train electoral commission employees.