Kathmandu, Jan. 15 -- Two recent survey reports about the status of corruption and complaints received by the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority suggest that corruption is thriving at the local level.

It was thought that the country would get accountable governments at the local level after the elected representatives took charge of the governing affairs. But the surveys conducted by the anti-graft body suggest that having elected leadership alone does not guarantee good governance.

A report on Study on Corruption at the Local Level, unveiled by the CIAA on Monday, showed that more than 50 percent of the survey respondents said that corruption at the local level either remained as it was in the past or thriving.

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