CoA suspends fraud audits

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The Commission on Audit (CoA) has ordered the suspension of Fraud and Special Audits particularly involving candidates in the 2019 mid-term elections.

In Resolution 2018-031 approved last 2 October but released only on Wednesday, CoA said they resolved to desist from performing Fraud and Special Audits since the day of filing of Certificate of Candidacy.

CoA noted they received “voluminous complaints and requests for special or fraud audit against candidates in the national and local elections, including nominees of party-list groups.”

However, the audit agency stressed that it must uphold its constitutional mandate to remain neutral.

“It is necessary for the Commission on Audit, as an independent constitutional body, to uphold its political neutrality by implementing measures aimed at preventing opportunities and circumstances that may impair the independence, neutrality and professionalism of the Commission, its officers and employees,” CoA explained.

According to the resolution, Fraud and Special Audits requested from 11 October until 13 May 2019 will not be considered by CoA.

However, the conduct of initial assessment or evaluation of requests for such audits, as well as other preliminary procedures before the creation of audit teams will not be suspended.

CoA also clarified that all ongoing Fraud and Special audits against candidates before 11 October are not be covered by the suspension.

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