Burkina Launches Platform to Pay Fines Online and Avoid Corruption of Officers

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In Burkina Faso, a platform for paying traffic tickets directly by phone was officially launched on Tuesday, July 11th, and is called E-contravention. Managed by the Ministry of Territorial Administration, Decentralization, and Security, this platform aims to reduce the corruption of agents on public roads.

This new platform, designed and developed by the Burkinabè administration, is currently operational in the two major cities of the country, Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso.

In practice, when a driver is in violation on the road, security officers register their identity on the platform, then they receive a message indicating the amount of the fine. No need for an internet connection, say its designers, it can, regardless of the phone model, pay this amount via Orange Money, the application’s partner operator.

This simplified procedure is presented primarily as a time saver. Another advanced objective, it is an effective way to fight against corruption on the public highway, rejoices Mahamadou Sana, minister delegate in charge of security. It will make it possible to reduce “losses for the benefit of the state budget”.

The National Anti-Corruption Network (Ren-Lac) also welcomes the establishment of this platform. In one of its latest reports, Ren-Lac pleaded for the digitization of fines as a solution to corruption on the country’s highways.

Soukaina Sghir

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