Nigeria has only been able to muster 10 points and is thereby ineligible for OGP membership, although other African countries like South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Tanzania and Malawi are already members of the global initiative that currently has 60 member countries. Nigerias non-qualification arises mainly as a result of the fact that there is no open disclosure of audit reports of public accounts; assets disclosures made by public officers are not publicly available while incomes are not disclosed; and government engagement with citizens is considered inadequate. With the passage of the Freedom of Information Act in 2011, Nigeria has the full four points available in the area of Access to Information, which is an aspect of membership that gives effect to citizens right to information. Under the OGP framework, four points are awarded to countries with access to information laws in place; three points are awarded if a country has a constitutional provision guaranteeing access to information; and one point is awarded if a country has a draft access to information law under consideration. However, Nigerias performance in the three other categories has been insufficient to enable it meet the minimum eligibility criteria. In the area of Fiscal Transparency, Nigerias score is only two points out of a possible four points based on a number of shortcomings in its constitutional and legal frameworks as well as institutional practices. Nigeria publishes the Executive budget proposals publicly with a sample available online on the Budget Office website; the budget proposals also conform to the Fiscal Responsibility Act while the 2013 budget was presented by October 2012. However, there is no explicit requirement under the Fiscal Responsibility Act for an audit report of public accounts to be made publicly available. Besides, in practice, there is no record of public availability of the audit report.
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Amendments have been moved to the Act to exempt parties from being obliged to share details of their funding or how they choose their candidates. These amendments are likely to be scrutinized at a cabinet meeting on Thursday. In June, the Central Information Commission or CIC, which ensures the RTI Act is implemented and public queries are answered by government departments, ruled that the six major national parties including the Congress and BJP are public authorities and must respond to RTI applications. The parties were given six weeks to appoint officers to handle RTI requests. The flagship RTI Act was introduced by the Congress in 2005 for increasing transparency. Activists Subhash Agrawal and Anil Bairwal had said the six national parties get indirect but substantial funding from the central government, an argument that was accepted by the Central Information Commission. "Large tracts of land in prime areas of Delhi have been placed at the disposal of the political parties in question at exceptionally low rates. Besides, huge government accommodations have been placed at the disposal of political parties at hugely cheap rates thereby bestowing financial benefits on them," it said. The Commission also said political parties "affect the lives of the citizens, directly or indirectly in every conceivable way and are continuously engaged in performing public duty. It is, therefore, important that they become accountable to public." However, parties had argued that they are monitored and accountable for funding and other issues to the Election Commission. For NDTV Updates,
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The Prohibition Era was a time of confusion among the American people, because they were being denied a beverage that they had been drinking casually for years. Many bootleggers began selling alcohol, and they made a fortune. In order to stop bootleggers from selling alcohol, and to stop the public from consuming it, the US government decided that they should put small doses of poison in industrial alcohols. This tactic was supposed to just make people sick, so they would stop drinking alcohol. The bootleggers however, began hiring chemists to extract the poison. The US government went the extra mile and started added enough poison into the alcohol that it couldn't all be extracted, and, unfortunately, up to 10,000 people died as a result. Ironically, the government was trying to protect the public from the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption, and, instead, they ended up killing 10,000 of their citizens.
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Like the president who appointed him, Perez has utter disregard for the U.S. Constitution and American exceptionalism. Those comments were fueled in part by looking at Perezs very impressive legal resume. If Obama can get him confirmed as labor secretary, might he try to elevate him to the Supreme Court? If you go back a couple decades, it was more common to appoint governors, senators, or Cabinet secretaries to the Supreme Court, rather than focus on nominating those currently serving as judges in the lower federal courts. Finally, you have Attorney General Eric Holder at the U.S. Department of Justice. As reported by Breitbart News, Holder has declared judicial war on the State of Texas in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. He presumes to declare that Texas is subject to part of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down last month (involving voting rights and race), a provision that only Congress can reauthorize if--and only if--new evidence justifies it. President Obamas actions are literally lawless. The rule of law is the cornerstone of American exceptionalism (a concept Obama marginalized in 2009, saying that citizens of any nation think their own nation is exceptional).
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