What happens if the recommendations of the Ombudsman are not honored by the public authorities involved?

The Ombudsman Act states clearly that the Ombudsman cannot enforce his recommendations and that he cannot overwrite the decisions and actions of public authorities in order to oblige them to comply with his final opinion and to provide a remedy. In terms of the Act where a complaint is sustained, the Ombudsman may request the public authorities involved to notify him, within a specified time, of the steps (if any) which they propose to take to give effect to his recommendations.

If the Ombudsman’s recommendations for the award of appropriate redress are left pending or else are not accepted, the Ombudsman may send a copy of his report and recommendations on the matter to the Prime Minister and to the House of Representatives. The Ombudsman may also publish reports on such cases in the local media.

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