The Iraqi Integrity Commission recently issued the results of a June 2009 poll in which it surveyed 3,500 Iraqi citizens who conducted formal business at 40 different governmental departments in Baghdad.
First of all, I will not make any comment on why the commission that is supposed to fight corruption in the country is making polls. But the results showed that 79 percent of those surveyed were forced to pay bribes and another 20 percent offered payments to officials.
So, to get this right, thousands of Iraqi citizens told the commission that they paid money to governmental employees mostly to get their papers done quickly and a few because their paper work was fraudulent.
So instead of saying 99 percent of citizens paid bribes to get their paper work done and, instead of fixing it, we keep publishing reports.
Fighting corruption needs more than polls and more than sending employees to training courses in France (a recent offer by France).
To fix this situation, we need a government that has the will to fight corruption.