The Anti-Corruption Commission Seychelles (ACCS) officially announced the Commission's very first anti-corruption awareness campaign in a press conference which took place at ACCS head office on Friday 6th October 2017. As part of the awareness campaign, ACCS will also be conducting a Public Opinion Survey on the Perception of Corruption.
This is the first anti-corruption survey of its kind to be conducted in Seychelles. It is a very strategic step towards formulating a benchmark of the public perception of corruption.
The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness and promote the values of honesty and integrity amongst the society with a view to prevent corruption. "In order to educate the society, we have to first educate our children if we want to change our future," said the Prevention and Education Manager, Mr Denis Joubert during the press conference.
Mr Joubert explained that the Prevention & Education team will be visiting several secondary schools to raise awareness about corruption and its effects on the society. "We are going to prepare educational materials like posters and flyers designed specifically for the youth's attention to disseminate in the schools. At the same time, we will be sensitising the general public about the ills of corruption," he added.
Whereas, the aim of the survey is to collect as much data from the public's feedback and carry out a detailed analysis. "This survey is expected to help ACCS better understand the prevalence of corruption in Seychelles, asses the level of corruption in various sectors and identify the main causes of corruption," said the Complaints and Communications Manager, Abison De Giorgio.
"ACCS will then use these important feedbacks to formulate action plans to address the more serious points and push forward the fight against corruption in the coming years," he added.
Mr De Giorgio explained that 15,000 leaflets (each containing a questionnaire) will be circulated with the assistance of the Seychelles Postal Services, to households across Mahe, Praslin and La Digue as well as a few households in Cerf Island. This will represent a network reach of 50% of the Seychelles’ households.
"The questionnaire is very simple to fill in and completely anonymous. Participants have the option of filling in the English or Creole part of the questionnaire. Once completed, participants should simply drop the questionnaires into their nearest street post box or post office," said Mr De Giorgio.
The best part is that its free of charge being there is no need of a stamp nor an envelope. The questionnaire already has our postal address listed on it," he added.
Besides the leaflets, Mr De Giorgio explained that ACCS had setup an online survey.
"We are aware that we live in a digital era whereby social media plays a key role in communications. Therefore, we have introduced the digital version of the questionnaire on ACCS' official Facebook page whereby any Facebook user can simply participate in our online survey. Again, it's very simple to fill in and completely anonymous. So, this is just an example, how we are going the extra mile to ensure that the general public can easily participate in this survey," said Mr De Giorgio.
As for the deadline, Mr De Giorgio stated that participants should submit their questionnaires by 15th November 2017. The results of the survey will be revealed on 9th December 2017 during an anti-corruption symposium which will mark the International Anti-Corruption Day.