YEREVAN, October 15. / ARKA /. More than half of senior Armenian officials have failed to comply with a law that obliges them to submit their income declarations for 2012 by February 15, said head of the Committee to Protect Freedom of Speech Ashot Melikyan.
Speaking at a news conference he said a study of published declarations when the deadline was well behind showed that more than half of senior officials were missing on the official website of the Ethics Commission.
As an example, he noted that of 131 members of the parliament only 42 had submitted their income declarations. Melikyan said there are serious doubts concerning the credibility of figures mentioned by officials in their declarations.
Under the law on public service passed in 2011 May and related laws senior government officials are obliged to submit declarations of their income and assets , including also of their family members.
The monitoring was conducted as part of OpenGovernment Partnership that was created in 2011 on the initiative of 8 countries (USA, Brazil , Indonesia , Mexico , Norway, the United Kingdom , the Philippines and South Africa), and it is joined by more than 60 countries. Armenia joined the Open Government Partnership in 2011. -0-