Public Auditor Says Report on Election Violations "Confidential"

December 15, 2010

The CNMI Office of the Public Auditor has released a report on the improprieties and violations of Attorney General Buckingham and the OAG that were committed during the last election. AG Buckingham used the office to campaign for Covenant Party candidate Joseph Camacho, urging personnel to attend a campaign activity at the governor's house in August 2010. (Read more at Election-Gate.)

Complaints stated that the AG violated the CNMI Election Reform Act of 2000, and the Commonwealth Ethics Code Act of 1992.

The report was not released to the public, but only to Governor Fitial, the Lt. Governor and the OAG. Public Auditor Michael Pai claims that the report is confidential and that the OPA cannot comment on it.

The Saipan Tribune reports:
Acting press secretary Teresa Kim separately confirmed the governor and lieutenant governor's receipt of a report “but it's marked confidential pursuant to 1CMC7849” and as such, the report's content cannot be shared at this time.
The report should be made public. Hopefully, Congressman Kilili Sablan who asked for the investigation will also receive a copy of the report and publish it.  If not I am certain there will be OGA requests filed.

The CNMI laws are not available online so I have no idea what 1 CMC7849 states.

Buckingham is reportedly on vacation until January 2011, while Governor Fitial is in Palau for a summit with his loyal Covenant Party entourage.

In addition to the investigation by the OPA, the US Office of the Special Counsel is investigating these violations and similar election violations committed by the Department of Public Safety.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It doesn't make sense that a report and possible election misdeeds, would be made confidential and only provided to those that are the possible perpetrators of the misdeeds. The reporters better do some serious follow-up on this.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't make sense that a report and possible election misdeeds, would be made confidential and only provided to those that are the possible perpetrators of the misdeeds. The reporters better do some serious follow-up on this.