In an effort to enhance transparency in government and end financial corruption, the Mexican Congress has approved a draft amendment bill that will reform the Mexican Constitution by requiring all government entities to publicly report their finances and expenditures. The lower chamber of the Mexican Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, voted 424 to 16 in favour of the bill, which has now been passed to President Enrique Pena Nieto and is expected to become law by the start of 2014.
President of the Chamber of Deputies, Julio Cesar Moreno Rivera, commented, "this reform will increase accountability and bring Mexico toward having a democratic and transparent government."
The draft bill tasks the Mexican DPA, the Federal Institute for Access to Public Information (IFAI), with overseeing public transparency and government accounting for federal, state and municipal institutions. The IFAI will be able to publish information held by the executive, legislative and judicial entities, as well as political parties and trade unions. The IFAI will have administrative autonomy from the federal government and is empowered to make final resolutions and binding decisions, except in the case of national security.
Institutional Revolutionary Party Deputy Lizbeth Gamboa Song commented, "This is a historic step with the transformation of the IFAI into a constitutionally autonomous agency, because this strengthens the powers of transparency agencies by expressly spelling it out in the text of the Constitution."
Senator Cristina Diaz Salazar...