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FOI Bill gets through committee level in Lower House

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The Freedom of Information Bill has successfully passed through the House Committee on Public Information.

In the consolidated version of the FOI bill, all government offices are required to release information that includes their contracts and the Statements of Assesments, Liabilities, and Net Worth of their officials.

Information regarding National Security, Foreign Policey, Personal Privacy, on-going criminal investigation and business trade secrets are not allowed by the said proposal to be released to the public.

Officials are also obligated to respond to Request for Information in 15 days.

An official must give a valid reason if they refuse to answer an RFI.

Once made into a law, Violators of the FOI Bill will face an administrative case that will lead to dismissal. They will also face criminal case, and be imprisoned for six months. The offenders will also face a civil case.

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