As “bad news for our democracy, because it damages public faith in a scenario of great mistrust in the institutions,” he described the situation reported by Ciper, associated with the campaign accountability of the former candidate for governor of the Metropolitan Region Karina Oliva, the president of the Gloria de la Fuente Council for Transparency.
Notwithstanding this, he stressed the need to “assess the tools of social control, in this case, based on public access information, which was analyzed by a medium.” And he added that despite advances like these “are never enough,” he pointed to the importance of improving both regulations and institutions as part of actions against corruption.
From an integral perspective, he referred to the fact that “an ecosystem of transparency and integrity of public activity, which is efficient to combat corruption, must be capable of constantly improving itself, improving not only the availability of information, but also the prosecution of possible crimes and the imposition of sanctions “.
“Transparency and integrity in campaign financing has, unfortunately, returned to be on the agenda in our country from the questioning of the surrender of campaign expenses of a candidate for governor,” said the president of the CPLT.
In this regard, he linked situations such as the one known to affecting the confidence of the public, the recovery of which, in the opinion of the representative of the Council, “involves perfecting the regulations in force to make accountability enforceable and have adequate sanction mechanisms.” But also “to value the integrity in the behavior of those who intend to direct the destiny of our country, for this it is vital to move towards a culture of transparency that is intolerant of corruption at all levels.”
And in general, regarding the financing of electoral campaigns, the head of the Council snapped: “It is important to move forward on issues such as expanding the ownership of the criminal action in the case of tax crimes (regarding ideologically false ballots); extend the term of infractions, misdemeanors or crimes contemplated in the electoral legislation from one to five years and establish a lifetime ban on holding public office for people convicted of corruption crimes, among others. “
“The perception that today we have better tools to discover irregularities and corruption has a correlation with what our National Transparency Survey says in recent years that when faced with the question“ are cases of corruption easier to detect, neither easier nor easier to detect? more difficult to detect or are they more difficult to detect than 10 years ago? ” the result has been increasing, to the point that we have reached 63% of people who believe that they are easier to detect, which means an increase of 12 points compared to 2015, “concluded De la Fuente.