The Anti-Corruption Commission of Seychelles (ACCS) was established under the Anti-Corruption Act 2016 which gives it authority to investigate, detect and prevent corrupt practices.
It is a self-governing, neutral and independent body which is not subject to the direction or control of any person or authority.
Functions of the Commission
- To enquire into and conduct investigation of offences.
- To file cases on the basis of enquiry or investigation and to conduct cases.
- To hold enquiry into allegations of corruption on its own motion or on the application of an aggrieved person or any person on his or her behalf.
- To perform the functions assigned to the Commission by this Act or under any written law.
- To review and recognise provisions of laws for the prevention of corruption and submit recommendations to the President for their effective implementation.
- To raise awareness and promote the values of honesty and integrity among people with a view to prevent corruption.
- To organise seminars, symposiums, workshops on the subjects falling within the functions and duties of the Commission.
- To identify various causes of corruption in the context of socio-economic conditions of the Republic and make recommendations to the President.
- To determine the procedure of enquiry, investigation, filing of cases and also the procedure of according sanction of the Commission for filing cases against corruption.
- To investigate a public officer's conduct which the Commission has reasonable grounds to believe is connected with corrupt practices.
- To co-ordinate and co-operate, as applicable, with other institutions authorised to investigate, prosecute, prevent and combat corrupt practices so as to implement an integrated approach to the eradication of corruption.
- To consult, co-operate and exchange information with appropriate bodies of other countries that are authorised to conduct inquiries or investigations in relation to corrupt practices.
- To adopt and strengthen mechanisms for educating the public to respect the public good and public interest and, in particular;
- Create awareness for the fight against corruption and related offences.
- Develop educational and other programmes in collaboration with the media.
- Promote an environment for upholding ethics in governance.
- Disseminate information and sensitise the public about the negative effects of corruption and related offences.