COA flags unliquidated cash advances from Comelec worth 671 million pesos

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MANILA – The Audit Commission said the Electoral Commission has unliquidated cash advances totaling 671.473 million pesos and additional cash advances totaling 90.5 million pesos despite the non- liquidation of previous cash advances.

In the 2021 audit on Comelec, the state auditors noted that the reliability of the advance account balance in November 2021 in the total amount of 505.280 million pula could not be verified due to the unliquidated cash advances.

Cash advances of 671.473 million pesos were broken down into 178.695 million pesos granted to managers and employees and 492.777 million pesos granted to special disbursement agents.

“A cash advance must be declared and liquidated as soon as the purpose for which it was granted has been achieved,” the audit team said.

Part of the cash advances of 90.5 million pula despite non-settlement of previous cash advances was given to the office of commissioners for an amount of 437,691 pula and to the regional election officers for a total of 1.565 million pula. pulla.

The audit team recommended its recommendations from previous years, such as sending letters to affected individuals for the immediate liquidation of their unpaid cash advances, as well as implementing actions such as salary withholding. for those who fail to liquidate their cash advances.

Comelec management told the audit team that it had sent letters of formal notice to all administrative officers in the country on April 11, 2022, ordering them to submit their liquidation reports immediately.

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