04 August, 2010
Transparency. The third general heading under which the issue of accountability and transparency in government is usually considered comes under the rubric, or heading, of "Transparency".
Contrary to public opinion, most politicians are not engaged in making back-room deals and accepting under-the-table packages. It is the lack of transparency in our systems of government that causes so many of their actions to be wrongfully categorised as corrupt.
If only the people could be confident that what politicians were doing was in their best interest, there would be less suspicion and accusations. The obvious solution is to institute systems that increase transparency. What are some of them? We shall examine (a) the Freedom of Information Act; (b) the Service Commissions; (c) other Committees and Commissions; and (d) publicising the work of the Executive Council.