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Gov't issues drafting instruction for campaign financing regulation

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 9:20 PM
Smith ... says he has received instructions for the drafting of regulations to govern campaign finance legislation that were approved by the Parliament earlier this year.

Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter

The Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives, Derrick Smith, says he has now received instructions for the drafting of regulations to govern the campaign financing legislation that was approved by the Parliament earlier this year.

The political party registration and campaign financing laws, although approved by the House, have been awaiting the accompanying regulation so that they may become fully operational.

The pressure for the enactment of the regulation intensified after the People's National Party campaign donations scandal which has raised questions about corruption, donor contributions and disclosures.

Meanwhile, the regulations to give effect to the legislation mandating the registration of political parties are one step closer to being implemented.

Smith, the spokesman on electoral affairs, says the Electoral Commission of Jamaica submitted the draft regulations to his office yesterday and they will now go to the parliamentary counsel for legislative review.

However, Smith, speaking at the resumption of parliamentary sittings this afternoon, did not say when the regulations would go before the House for approval.