GIS – 30 November 2018: The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, highlighted today the proposals of Government with regard to the Financing of Political Parties Bill during a press conference held at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.
He emphasised that accountability and transparency will be the underlying principles of the Financing of Political Parties Bill with the objectives to prevent undue influence and corruption as well as to avoid donations to a political party being appropriated by unauthorised persons.
All political parties, he said, will be required to register with the Electoral Supervisory Commission (ESC) and added that the parties will be allowed to receive donations from private individuals and corporate bodies subject to appropriate transparency and disclosure rules. Donations from religious groups, parastatal bodies and any state-owned-enterprise as well as anonymous and overseas donations will be prohibited, he stated.
Prime Minister Jugnauth further underlined that provision will be made for State funding to political parties and candidates taking part in National Assembly/municipal council/ village council/ Rodrigues Regional Assembly elections. A Political Activities Public Financing Fund, under the supervision of the ESC will be established and the ESC will be responsible for the disbursement of funds to qualified political parties and candidates.
Moreover, the Prime Minister outlined that candidates will be eligible for State funding provided they obtain at least 10% of the total number of votes polled in their respective constituencies. He also spoke on the present expenditure limits that are being revised in line to promote more accountability.
Speaking on the functioning of the ESC, he highlighted that the institution will be endowed with necessary resources to inspect, verify, review and investigate the financial affairs of political parties and thereby recommend legal proceedings in case of violations. Breach of the legislation will be sanctioned by fines and loss/suspension/reduction of public funding, he added.
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