By Euro Weekly News Media •
Published: 05 Feb 2014 • 17:10
TRANSPARENCY: Town Halls will have to account for every euro spent
LOCAL town halls will have to be more transparent than ever after the huge numbers of corruption cases that hit local councils in the Alicante province.
The Law of Transparency, Access to Information and Good Governance, is expected to come in to force by December 2015, but the Provincial Council of Alicante wants to accelerate the launch and have the internet portal up and running within the next six months.
The website will require all local town halls to make public all their expenditure, contracts and records, allowing citizens to know how every euro is spent in a bid to restore political credibility and to tackle corruption.
Adrian Ballester, responsible for the Modernisation and Assistance to Municipalities, said many municipalities across the province have already adopted the measures and further implementation of the transparency rules will commence this month. He said the rules will serve “to know if a politician is a good manager because they know where the money is spent. The politician who is not willing to change will be transparent because the public will make the difference at the polls.”
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Everyone knows polls can be rigged by simply asking only the questions you want answered and phrasing the questions in a particular way. Transparency rules are the same. They make transparent only those things you wish to show. Until there has been an independent audit of these procedures it may be prudent to take the view that the smoke and mirrors brigade is hard at work. We could, for example, ask why they need almost two years to do something that could easily be achieved within a few months. The smell of small, furry rodents is overpowering!
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