|DominicanToday.com - The same day the 2009 Global Report on Corruption is released where Dominican citizens see much corruption, the most recent of a spate of scandals in the Central Electoral Board (JCE) has led to the firing of to 27 lawyers and Legal department employees on Wednesday, though there’s no mention of charges being filed.
Transparency International presented the report ‘Corruption and private sector’ today in New York and just like in 2007, the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) gave the country a score of 3.0 in a scale from a low of zero to high of 10, and ranks Dominican Republic 102 in a list of 180 countries.
In the JCE the firings occur after an investigation confirmed irregularities in its Legal section, which confirmed that even fugitives managed to get issued several identities.
For Dominican Republic, Transparency International’s corruption figures when analyzed show a regression, since the CPI places it in the same level with Bolivia, Djibouti, Lebanon, Mongolia, Rwanda and Tanzania, whereas Chile and Uruguay are ranked best in Latin America, with a CPI of 6.9, the same as France. They are followed in the region by Puerto Rico, Cuba, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Guatemala, the English Caribbean, and Jamaica.