Facebook poll in Seychelles seeks to find out more about citizens’ views on corruption

Transparency Initiative Seychelles launched a Facebook survey to collect data on corruption issues.

The survey - Perception of corruption by citizens in Seychelles - contains nine questions and is part of the EU project entitled "Towards improving good governance, transparency and accountability in Seychelles".

Marie-France Watson, coordinator of the Transparency Initiative project Seychelles , said: "The survey provides the opportunity to gather information in a short time. And for us, this is essential because our capacity is very small. "

Ms. Watson told SNA on Friday that " corruption is something everyone is talking about. But the question is what we really understand by that. When we work on our plan, we want to identify our target and to identify our target, we need to understand what our public understands by corruption and how it affects their lives. "

She added that the survey was aimed at different age groups, as it would be good to know what different people of different ages think about corruption.

Since the investigation began on Tuesday, about 130 people have responded. The data collected will help the Seychelles Transparency Initiative to produce advocacy materials that reflect what the country needs to improve transparency and accountability.

The Seychelles Transparency Initiative is a non-governmental organization created in April 2017 to fight corruption. This is part of the global entity Transparency International.

This year, Seychelles gained eight places on the Global Corruption Perception Index for 2018, ranking 28th out of 180 countries - the best performance of the island nation since the launch of this index in 1995.

Transparency Initiative Chair Seychelles , Chrystold Chetty, attributed the ranking to the progress made by Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.

"For example, the government has put in place various mechanisms such as the law on access to information, the anti-corruption law that has done a lot of work, even if few results have been achieved," he said. Chetty told SNA.

He added that the Seychelles National Assembly also plays its role in raising public awareness of corruption.

To date, the Seychelles Anti-Corruption Commission, which deals with corruption cases , has recorded 117 corruption cases , four of which have been removed from the Attorney General's Office for re-examination.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court of Seychelles sentenced Abison De Giorgio, former Complaints and Communications Officer of the Anti-Corruption Commission, to eight years' imprisonment and a fine of $ 5,000. 000 SCR).

Source: Seychelles News Agency