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Afghanistan's High office of Oversight: Personal Asset Declarations of High Ranking Afghan Government Officials Are Not Consistently Registered and Verified

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Technical Report

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Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Arlington United States

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Article 154 of the Afghan Constitution requires that the wealth of the President, Vice-Presidents, Ministers, members of the Supreme Court, as well as the Attorney General, shall be registered, reviewed and published prior to and after their term of office by an organ established by law.1 In July 2008, the Afghan Parliament passed the Law on Overseeing the Implementation of the Anti-Administrative Corruption Strategy, which established the High Office of Oversight HOO to oversee and coordinate national efforts to combat corruption.2 Article 121 states that The High Office of Oversight shall register and address the asset sic of the officials mentioned in Article 154 of the Afghanistan Constitution and publishes when needed.3 In addition to the officials required to register under Article 154 of the Afghan constitution, Article 122 requires the HOO to Register, address, and if needed disclose the assets of members of the National Assembly, members of provincial and district councils, deputy ministers, Heads of independent commissions and offices, Ambassadors, Governors, Mayors and their deputies, Judges, Prosecutors, Officers of National Defence sic and Interior Ministries, District Administrators, officials working in second and higher grades and those working in finance, accounting and procurement sections of the offices.4 The scope of this review was limited to the registration, review, and publication of the top government officials asset declarations as required under Article 154 of the Afghan Constitution.

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