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PAC questions Police and Supervisor of Elections

July 15, 2015 6:50 pm

$150m in unpresented cheques was recorded for government at the end of last year.

This was revealed at the Public Accounts Committee hearing yesterday which is scrutinizing the Auditor Generals Report’s from 2010 to 2013.

Committee Chairman Professor Biman Prasad says Over expenditure, pending reconciliations and procurement issues are recurrent issues that’s again making headway in these AG reports before them

“As at 31st December, 2014, $150m worth of unpresented cheques has been accounted for and basically its a cost to the taxpayers because it puts pressure on cash flow at the beginning of the year and the government has to issue short term treasure bills and promissory notes to raise cash.”

Called in to answer, was the Supervisor of Elections and Fiji Police, both conceding to various issues and highlighting their progress since.

Acting Commissioner of Police – Isikeli Ligari was asked to explain why in 2012, their unpresented cheques totaled $2.8 million.

Ligari told the committee that considerable work has been done to address the issues from adjustments and write off’s last year to the re-establishment of an Internal Audit and Compliance Unit this year.

The Committee is scheduled to hear from the Prime Ministers office, PSC and the Ministry of Itaukei Affairs later today.