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Local groups call for end to delay in enacting campaign financing law

Published:Monday | September 21, 2015 | 1:24 PM

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), National Integrity Action (NIA) and Jamaican Bar Association are calling for an end to the delay in enacting campaign financing regulations.

They say the government must with urgency table the bill embodying agreed proposals on Campaign Financing Reform and the Parliament must pass into law the long overdue provisions.

The groups note that the proposals by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica were debated and approved by the Parliament two years ago.

Among the proposals is for contributions from foreign governments, foreign government entities or unregulated financial organisations to be banned; the identities of big donors and contributors with large government contracts to be disclosed; and a limit be set on how much money can be spent in any election by candidates or parties.

The three groups say the lack of openness regarding political party election funding keeps the electorate in the dark, fuels distrust of parties and separates Jamaica from the world of modern democracy.

The NIA, the PSOJ and the Bar Association say they are ready and willing to sit with the government and political parties to sort out any obstacle to the immediate passage of the Campaign Financing legislation.