On May 4, the Guanajuato Congress approved the new State Anti-Corruption System, which establishes the bases and principles for the prevention, detection and punishment of administrative misconducts and illegal actions, plus the control of government’s resources.
Beatriz Manrique, Deputy and member of the Ecological Green Party of México, declared: “The new regulation has been structured taking into account the most corrupt practices such as bribery, treating, undue influence, aiding, abetting, counselling and influence peddling, among others.
“In the parliamentary group under my coordination we are in favor of contributing with all the necessary actions to achieve a regulatory framework, really useful as a tool to combat corruption, so we are ready to join to the National System,” said Manrique Guevara.
In her speech, Libyan Dennise García Munoz Ledo, member of the National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional PAN), said: “The struggle against corruption must be carried out through laws that must include modern and effective mechanisms of supervision, transparency and sanction in order to provide the legal corpus to detect, prevent and punish this kind of acts of corruption”.
The goals in the new Law are: 1. to establish the proper mechanisms to combat corruption; 2. to issue effective regulations against corruption; 3. to define minimum bases for the prevention of these acts; and 4. to implement public policies for public resources control.
Deputy Jorge de la Cruz Nieto explained: “We have designed the State Anti-Corruption System focused on generating mechanisms to prevent these criminal acts, to correct laws and prosecute and sanction any unlawful behavior. When we’ll achieve all of these, a real social well-fare and institutional efficiency would be reflected.
In that sense, Deputy Arcelia María González González announced the “Monitoring function”, that will be carried out by the State’s Secretariat of Transparency and Accountability, which supports this important struggle against corruption. This function establishes a reference framework of certain practices such as the prevention, detection, deterrence and punishment of acts of corruption”.
The State Anticorruption System will be integrated by the Coordinating Committee, the Citizen Participation Committee, the Steering Committee of the State Audit System; as well as the municipalities, whose municipal comptrollers will be working shoulder to shoulder with federal and state authorities.
As part of the new Law, a “Digital Platform” is about to be created. It will be made up of sections to combat corruption such as: the declaration of assets and tax declaration of public officials involved in public procedures or public servants and private individuals who have been sanctioned.
The State Anti-Corruption System consists of the Executive Secretariat, the State Superior Audit, the Secretariat of Transparency and Accountability; the Internal Control Bodies of the Municipalities, the Legislative and Judicial Branches; and other State Autonomous Organisms.
This organism is a decentralized and non-sectored agency, with legal personality, own assets, and technical and management autonomy.
The State Audit System is also set up to promote the exchange of information, ideas and experiences aimed towards the development of public resources control.
The legislators have also approved the reform of the Organic Law of the Executive Branch, which eliminates institutions that are part of the Public Administration in the Administrative Litigation Court.