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Interference on the part of the Executive curtails Independence of judiciary in Africa 10 Setembro 2015

A study on integrity indicators in Africa carried out by Global Integrity shows that interference from the executive branch of government has limited the strengthening of the independence of the judiciary branch, auditing institutions and the public sector. The study assessed transparency and accountability in 54 African countries.

Interference on the part of the Executive curtails Independence of judiciary in Africa

The study assessed transparency and accountability, as well as social development, in all of the countries in question. Cape Verde, for example, was given a score of 83 out of 100 in Rule of Law. With this, the study concludes that the independence of the judiciary is guaranteed, judges are free to justify their decisions, and the country possesses a judicial auditing institution, among other things.

Cape Verde was given a score of 58 points in the category Accountability, 65 in Elections, 43 in Public Management, 46 in Access to Information and Openness, and 42 for Civil Integrity Services. In terms of Social Development, the items evaluated were Rights, Gender, Business Environment and Infrastructures, the Rural Sector, Well-being and Health Education.

The study reveals that even in countries in which the independence of judiciary power is guaranteed, some items nevertheless received low scores. Global Integrity expressed optimism, however, with regards to Tunisia, where it registered some progress. “A 2014 law adds clearer provisions on the independence of judicial power,” says the study.

In the same manner, the study uncovers grave cases of interference on the part of the executive in oversight activities (restrictions on the auditing of certain accounts, the revoking or lack of enforcement of prescribed procedures) and in public service (the firing and substituting of employees based on political affiliation) in many of the countries assessed.

The report was produced by Global Integrity, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a network of more than 200 African researchers and journalists. The indicators measure Rule of Law, Accountability, Elections, Public Administration, Public Service Integrity and Access to Information.

The indicators are the outcome of a partnership with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and, indeed, are a part of the Mo Ibrahim African Governance Index. They are also used by the World Bank and the US government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation.

To consult more information on Cape Verde, access the link: http://aii.globalintegrity.org/scorecard?country=cape_verde&year=2015

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